Saved People Serve People

Mar 6, 2024    Pastor Craig Johnson

Let’s dive into a heart-to-heart about what it really means to live out our faith, inspired by the song “Saved People Serve People.” this song by Scotty Inman is a favorite of mine. I will sing it when my brain goes to idle. It is a catchy tune with great lyrics. Later, I’ll take it phrase by phrase for this study.

Picture this as a chat over a warm cup of coffee at the kitchen table, where we get real about how to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

First off, think of ourselves like unique voices in a grand choir. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians that every single one of us has a part to play in God’s grand design. It’s like each of us has a note to hit that makes the whole song come alive. And just by being ourselves, serving in our own special way, we’re actually singing a love song to God.

Now, Hebrews reminds us to keep our doors and hearts wide open. Ever been the new kid on the block, met with a warm smile? That’s us being Jesus’ hands and feet, welcoming folks into His big, loving family.

James hits home about prayer—not just saying we’ll pray, but actually doing it, deeply, for those who are struggling. It’s like sending a silent whisper of hope their way, showing we’re all in this together.

Matthew gives us this mind-blowing image: faith as tiny as a mustard seed moving mountains. Imagine that! Our little acts of faith can stir up big waves of change, showing just how powerful a little trust in God can be.

Galatians and 1 Peter chat about how being saved isn’t the end of the story. It’s just the beginning. We’re called to serve, to pour out love and kindness because that’s what Jesus did. It’s a beautiful cycle—being touched by God’s love and then sharing that love, which can lead others right back to Him.

Psalm 34 is like a soft blanket on a cold night, reminding us that God’s right there with the brokenhearted. And Matthew says we get to be the light for those folks, showing them the way to warmth and comfort, the way to God.

Colossians and James are pretty straightforward: our faith’s got to be more than just words. It’s got to show up in our lives, in how we treat people and what we do for them. It’s like saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” Well, let’s make them see it!

And don’t forget, 1 Corinthians and James challenge us to put love at the center of everything. It’s not about how much Bible trivia we can spout off. It’s about how much we genuinely care for those around us. That’s what really draws people in.

Lastly, 2 Corinthians talks about giving—not just dropping a coin in the plate, but truly, joyfully sharing what we have. It’s about showing God’s generosity through our actions, making His love and grace something people can see and feel.

So, what’s the takeaway from our kitchen table chat? Living out our faith is about so much more than just the words we say. It’s in the way we live, the way we love, the way we give and serve. It’s about making our whole lives a testament to the love we’ve received from God, and inviting others into that story, one act of kindness at a time. Let’s make our faith something people can’t just hear about but can see in action every single day.