This is part 3 of our 4 part study in which we have been addressing two questions.

1. Why are we here?

·       Why did God establish Jubilee Community Church?

·       What is our purpose and direction?

2. Why am I here?

·       Why did God lead you to this church?

·       What is His purpose for you here?

Our 4-Part study will be taken from Jesus’ words which are recorded in Matthew chapter 11.

Matthew 11

28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 

29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” 

The two questions we are answering each week

1. Why are we here? Why did God create JubileeCommunityChurch? What is our purpose and direction?

I love the way that Paul explained the purpose of the five-fold ministry gifts.  

Ephesians 4

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,

12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,

15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ — 

16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

·       Equipping

·       Edifying

·       Unity

·       Knowledge

·       Truth

·       Growth

Those very things are what the church is here to impart. One way to view Jubilee is the way we view the KennedySpaceCenter at Cape Canaveral, Florida. From Cape Canaveral we have watched rockets launched into space. For those of you who are old like me, we have witnessed the launch of various space programs from Mercury, to Gemini, to Apollo to the modern space shuttle.

Jubilee is here to be a launch pad.

We are not here to launch rockets into space, but people into ministry.

2. Why am I here? Why did God lead you to this church? He could have led you to any fellowship, why this one?

God brought you here because He desires to use you. God is going to place something in your heart to do for Him, when He does, we want to encourage you, and help enable you to fulfill His plan for you. I already know what your initial response is, “I don’t have the ability to do anything for the Lord.”  Just for the record, we have all given that response to God. You are not telling Him anything He has not heard before.

That is the initial response of all of us.

When He tells you what He is going to do with you, your response may be to laugh…you won’t be the first! Abraham laughed.

Genesis 17:17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, "Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?"

Your response may be, “I am nobody, I could never do anything for the Lord.” You won’t be the first to say that. That was Gideon’s response.

Judges 6:14-15 Then the LORD turned to him and said, "Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?" So he said to Him, "O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house."

Your response may be, “I could never do anything for the Lord, I don’t have any abilities.” God has heard that one too…from Moses.

Exodus 4:10 Then Moses said to the LORD, "O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue."

Remember when David was anointed to be king? When David’s father Jesse was told to gather his sons, he called all that he thought would have potential to be king and he made them pass before Samuel.

1 Samuel 16:10-11 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen these." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all the young men here?" Then he said, "There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep."

The youngest is still out watching the sheep… but he could never be king, he has no potential.

God sees potential where no one else sees any. The reason that God sees incredible potential in you is because He has put His Spirit within you.

He is the one who empowers you.

Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ  from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

The same Holy Spirit that worked in Jesus is now working in you.

When Satan tempted Jesus he tempted Him to do things on His own.

·       "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread."

·       "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down.

·       "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me."

Jesus said He didn’t do things on His own

John 14:10 “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works”

Everything Jesus did, He did by the power of the Holy Spirit, not by His own power. He laid all His power aside when He came to earth. He came to do one thing.

Matthew 20:28 “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” 

So, if Jesus came to serve, what do you think He called you to do?

Matthew 23:11 “But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. 

So, what do you think Jesus meant when He said these words.

John 20:21 So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." 

God has brought you here so that you will find support as you serve. As God leads you into new avenues, just know that we are in your corner.

One of the things that you will find about Jubilee is that we are not territorial. We don’t have prima donnas in ministry here. We don’t own the church and we are okay not being in control of everything and everyone.

Paul explained to us why God has brought all of us diverse people together. Before he talked about parts of the body, he explained where ministry gifts come from.

1 Corinthians 12:4-12

4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

(Gifts are given by the Holy Spirit)

5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.

(Ministries are given by Jesus)

6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.

(Activities are directed by the Father)

7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:

Verse 7 contains a truth that we can never afford to lose sight of:

Any gifts that are given are not given for the enrichment of the individual, but for the benefit of everyone.  

Paul goes on to list 9 Spiritual Gifts:

8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,

9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,

10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

After listing 9 Spiritual Gifts, he explains to us how each of us are members of the body, and we function as one body.

As Paul goes on to explain how this works, I want you to bear in mind that you are a part of the body, you are an eye, or a hand, or a foot, and He has placed you in this body Jubilee because the body needed you, and you need all the other parts of the body. Let’s see how it works:

12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.

13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free — and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.

14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.

15 If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?

16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?

17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?

18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.

19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be? 

20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.

21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."

22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.

23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty,

24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it,

25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.

26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

Listen to one more perspective that Paul gives to us:

Romans 12

3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

Body Truth 1.

Don’t have an inflated view of yourself

4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,

Body Truth 2.

It is okay for you to be different

5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.

Body Truth 3.

You belong here

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;

7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;

8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Body Truth 4.

Use your gifts

9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.

10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another

Body Truth 5.

Do everything with sincere love

Do you remember the two questions we came to get answers to?

1. Why are we here?

·       Why did God establish JubileeCommunityChurch?

·       What is our purpose and direction?

He established us to be a

launch pad for ministry

2. Why am I here?

·       Why did God lead you to this church?

·       What is His purpose for you here?

God brought you here

because He desires to use you