Learning to Serve in a Me-Focused Culture


One of the defining characteristics of our culture is the selfish pursuit of pleasure. We often hear, “If you had fun, that’s the most important thing.” And we tend to understand life through the question, “How will it affect me?” But, in the Gospels, Jesus taught us to live in a radically different way. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) Jesus calls us to deny our selfish desires and serve others instead. Philippians 2:4 commands us, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” How can we learn to serve others? 


Read on for 3 steps to serving others in a me-focused culture.

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Summer Reading Series: Excerpt from Before The Box

Written by our pastor, Jason Homan, Before the Box is a journey through church history and culture. It describes the boxes (traditions, expectations, and extremes) by which modern Christianity defines itself. To move forward in our spiritual lives and to make our churches most effective for Jesus, we must get back to a time before these traditions, expectations, and extremes. We must return to the vibrant faith and gospel-centered life of first-century Christianity.

In this excerpt, Pastor Homan explains how “pleasing God” fits into a correct motivation for ministry. Love for God is the only correct, lasting motive for both ministry and the Christian life.