The eWORD – Church……Service, Take 2-

For Purpose

10 July 2016 @ S T C

Pastor Joan Ross


– It’s time to take another look at WHY and HOW we serve one another.

Foundation Scripture: Esther 4:14b
And who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

Why and How we serve one another is all about PURPOSE.

Main Text

Matthew 13:23

– But let’s start at versus 1 for a moment.
The 13th chapter of Matthew is a wonderful teaching text. Jesus is seated by the sea side and a GREAT multitude are gathered together so he went out in a ship, and sat.
And in the course of his time with the multitude, he teaches 7 parables all about the kingdom of heaven.

A parable is a way of describing something that is unknown to the listen by using a word-picture story of something that is known.

The first parable that Jesus tells is one that is so familiar to us. A sower goes out to sow. And in this parable, Jesus focuses on the different types of soil. He talks about the wayside ground, stony ground, ground that is covered in thorns and finally good ground. Certainly a parable that has been widely taught.

Verse 23 – But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.

But I believe that Holy Spirit is focusing us in on the next parable that Jesus teaches starting in verse 24.

Verse 24: Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sower good seed in his field:

Jesus shifts the conversation now to talk about the seed that the sower is using. And he tells us the seed is GOOD seed.


Say: I’ve been planted not buried.

Verse 25: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

Verse 26: But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

Verse 27: So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares?

Verse 28: He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

Verse 29: But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

Verse 30: Let both grow together until the harvest : and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.


Say: I’ve been planted not buried.

Say: I’ve been planted for Purpose and I’m coming up for purpose!

So you see, the battle is between the owner and the enemy. The enemy could not stop the wheat. It was good seed and was set to produce a hundredfold. The battles that we encounter if not to fight the wheat, the only thing the enemy could do was plant imposters all around the wheat.

No weapon formed against me shall prosper. I am still wheat and good wheat at that.

The very fact that the enemy came is because I am good seed, I’ll produce my purpose. I HAVE VALUE.

So the enemy came to DE-VALUE the harvest in me. He came so that I would not fulfil my purpose.





You have value…. a hundredfold return.

So the good seed is in the middle of a battle. A battle that if the seed does not stay focused it will get caught up in and forget about its PURPOSE and get pushed up by the tares.

Now these tares are what are called darnel seeds. Darnel usually grows in the same production zones as wheat and is considered a weed. The similarities between these two plants is so great that in some regions, darnel is referred to as “false wheat”. It bears a close resemblance to what until the ear appear. The spikelets are oriented edgeways and can actually uproot the wheat. The uprooting can cause a farmer to lose part of his crop. The wheat will also appear brown when ripe, whereas the darnel is black.

So here is the question – How much weight can he put on you for PURPOSE.

So this answers the question in our introduction statement – taking a look at WHY we serve one another and the answer is for PURPOSE.
Let me spend some time talking about HOW we serve one another for PURPOSE.
And if it’s ok, I’d like to do this by putting a window in this message. That is let you look into my own life as if you were looking in through a window.

And this is from something that Pastor taught in his message on Church Service. Praying for each other and sometimes just knowing what someone else is going through.

I’ve been very bad about that. Certainly my schedule keeps me from coming. But back in March, I was approached by a reported to do a feature article on the PURPOSE that God has me working on. And recently that article came out. And the Sunday Pastor ministered on Service, when I got to church someone told me that had seen that article. And Holy Spirit prompted me that I have not shared with any of you about that work. It’s almost like being asked about someone that you should know, but you don’t know anything about that person. So, I’d like to share with you the work that God has me working on.

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Action Point:

The Why and How will be perfected in you if you stay focused on PURPOSE.

Philippians 1:6 Being Confident of this very thing that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

The Message Bible says: There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish…

Posted on: July 10th, 2016