Servant at the Door
Matthew 25:31-46; John 10:1-6; Acts 12:13-16; 14:27; Hebrews 13:1-3; III John 1:5-8.
Receive little children in His name.
Receive every saint as a member and fellow-heir in Christ.

Mark 9:36-44; Acts 15:3-4; 21:17-19; 28:30-31; Romans 10:15; 16:1-23; I Corinthians 4:6-8; II Corinthians 7:13-16; Galatians 4:12-16; Philippians 2:29; Colossians 4:7-16; Hebrews 13:1-3.
Receive all without over-burdening them.
Luke 11:46; Galatians 6:2.
Receive the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see and confirm.
Acts 17:10-12; II Corinthians 11:4; I Thessalonians 2:13.
When you are not received. When we do not receive.
Matthew 10:11-15; Mark 6:10-11; Luke 9:3-5; 10:10-12; I Corinthians 5:6-13; II Thessalonians 3:14-15; II John 1:10-11; III John 1:9-12.

Making Disciples to Christ
Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 14:21; Isaiah 50:4-5.
Making learners of Christ is how people are brought in and grown up into Christ. Every servant-disciple of the Master participates in making His disciples/learners. Responding faithfully (obediently) to the evangel call of Christ is to become His disciple.
Matthew 8:23; 9:10; 14:15-22; 15:12; 17:19; 18:10; Luke 14:15-35; Acts 6:7; 19:19.
  NOTE: Making disciples is different from mentoring.
The life, words & actions of Jesus Christ reveal how we make disciples to His own. Disciples travel together, eat together, serve together, inquire together.
Matthew 8:23; 9:10; 14:16-22; 15:12; 17:19; 19:25…
Most often in groups, both He and we…
 * Instruct as He instructs.
[e.g., Matthew 5,6,7; Acts 11:25]
 * Do what is instructed.
[e.g., Matthew 18:1-11; 19:13-15; 26:26]
 * Send His new disciples to do what has been both demonstrated and instructed.
[e.g., Matthew 10]

Fishing For Men
Follow the Master, and you will fish for men, and with Spirit-maintained gear. The Kingdom of God is like a dragnet that gathers a wide variety, and a full net is sorted through by the messengers of God; both for now and later. Not everyone brought forward will remain. Allowing the Spirit to cull, and without asserting our own preference or judgment. [Matthew 4:19; 13:47-50; Luke 5:1-11 John 21:5-11; I John 2:18-19]

To Baptize
John's baptism is a baptism with/for/by repentance. [Matthew 3:11-12; Psalm 51:1-2; Isaiah 1:17-19]
Introducing the baptism of/into Christ: Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:37-41; 8:9-39; 9:17-19; 10:34-48; 16:11-34; 18:8-11; 18:24-19:7; 22:1-16; Romans 6:1-11; I Corinthians 6:11; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 5:25-30; Colossians 2:9-15; Titus 3:5-6; Hebrews 10:22; I Peter 3:18-22.
A repentant person's baptism in water becomes for them an inquiry/appeal to God for a clear/clean consciousness/chorus-of-senses through the rising of Jesus Christ.
it is written in the Didache, But concerning baptism, thus shall you baptize. Having first recited all these things, baptize in living [running, moving] water. But if you have not living water, then baptize in other water; and if you are not able in cold, then in warm. But if you have neither, then pour water on the head thrice in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. But before the baptism let him that baptizes, and him that is baptized, fast; and any others also who are able; and you shall have him that is baptized to fast a day or two before. [Didache 7:1-7]
Obedience to Christ being greater than ready means.

Readiness and Zeal
[Luke 12:35-48; I Corinthians 14:12; II Corinthians 9:1-2; II Timothy 4:1-2; Titus 2:11-15; 3:1-2; I Peter 3:13-16.]
Let us hasten with instancy and zeal to accomplish every good work. [I Clement 33:1]

Pure Ritual
ritual [religion] clean and undefiled with God the Father is this: to be visiting the bereaved [orphans] and widowed in their affliction, [and] to be keeping oneself unspotted [unstained] from the world. This is the clear extent of ritual for those in Christ.
NOT DONE IN THE MANNER OF RITUAL: Fellowship in communion, prayer, hospitality, baptism, washing of feet, making disciples, feasts, songs, readings, memorial, sending, receiving, distributing, weddings…
[James 1:27]

One Another
Always seek after that which is good for one another and for all men. Members of Christ's body should have mutual care for one another.
[John 13:35; I Corinthians 11:33; 12:25; Philippians 1:27; I Peter 4:8; Deuteronomy 15:4.]

Pursuing Hospitality
Be hospitable to one another without murmuring. Not neglecting hospitality to strangers, by which some have unknowingly granted lodging to heavenly messengers.
[Romans 12:9-13; I Timothy 3:2; 5:9-10; Hebrews 13:1-2; I Peter 4:9.]

Younger & Older Care is well-addressed from I Timothy 5:1-2.

Preparation of the Feast
[Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:12-27; Luke 17:7-10; Luke 22:7-38; I Corinthians 11:17-34.]
The recipe for unleavened bread may be as simple as some flour with a little water and/or oil, mixed together well, rolled or flattened by hand, and baked quickly inside a hot oven. In some places or times, olive oil, butter, milk, and/or salt are added before baking. Also before baking, the flattened dough may be pierced or scored to emulate the pierced body of Christ at His sacrifice at Golgotha. [Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 27:27-38; Mark 15:21-27; John 19:17-20] With a hot oven or an open fire, it may be advised to turn the bread once, twice or thrice for moderate finishing throughout.
In ekklesia (edah + cahal), the prepared bread is broken as we participate in a remembrance (memorial) of Christ as He instructed. [Luke 22; I Corinthians 11:23-32] Do not fear to carefully do all these things, for as often as you do them.

Washing of Feet
Genesis 24:29-34; 43:24; John 13:3-7.

Furnishings in the ekklesia/edah
Numbers 3:5-8.

Preparation in ekklesia/edah
Luke 14:7-24; II Corinthians 5:12-13.

Music and Song
It is good to sing praises unto our God. If you play music unto Him, we do well; singing His praises, we do better. [Acts 16:25; Romans 14:1-15:7]
Matthew 26:30; Romans 15:9-13; I Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:19-21; Colossians 3:16-17; Hebrews 2:12-13; James 5:13 Revelation 15:2-4; I Chronicles 15:16-28; II Chronicles 5:11-14; Psalm 68:24-26; 92:1-4…

Ideal Charity
Matthew 19:21; Mark 10:21; 12:42; Luke 14:13; 18:22; Romans 15:26; I Corinthians 13:3; II Corinthians 9:9; Galatians 2:10; James 2:2; Deuteronomy 15:1-11.

Mary & Martha
Luke 10:38-42.

Sending, Receiving, Distributing of messengers and gifts is done in love for the building up of the Body of Christ across distance. Good accounts of these things are recorded in Acts (e.g. chapter 4, 14 & 15). Please also read these Foreign-field Communications guidelines.

Working With Your Hands
II Corinthian 5:14-15; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 4:17-24; Philippians 2:1-11; Ecclesiastes 2:17-26.
We no longer live to ourselves, no longer doing anything out of selfish ambition.
  What of provisioning?
I Corinthians 9:1-18; II Corinthians 11:7-9; Philippians 4:14-20.
Paul also writes, For you yourselves are aware how you must be imitating us, for we are not disorderly among you, neither did we eat bread gratuitously [absent good cause above personal need] from anyone, but, with toil and labor, we are working day and night so as not to be burdensome to any of you.
In another place, Paul reminds, When we were with you, we gave this instruction to you: "If anyone will not work, neither let him eat." [in this, no man or woman exempted]
Some of your work may be for simple wages in this life. Know also, Jesus reveals for us, No one can be slaving for two lords, for either he will be hating the one and loving the other, or will be upholding the one and despising the other. You cannot be slaving for God and finances. Therefore, I am saying to you, Do not worry about your soul, what you may be eating or drinking, neither about your body, what you may be putting on. Is not the soul more than nourishment, and the body more than apparel? Consider the birds that fly above, how they are neither sowing, nor reaping, nor gathering into barns, and yet your heavenly Father is nourishing them. Are you not of more consequence/value than they?
Matthew 6:24-26; John 6:27.
Now we plead for you, brothers, that you excel/be superabounding all the more, and that you be ambitious to be quiet, and to engage in what is required of you, and to be working with your hands, just as we have instructed you, that you be walking uprightly toward those outside, and that you may not be in need. [I Thessalonians 4:10-12]
As from I Corinthians 7:35, we seek, in/by faith, (as the Lord has given each one) undistracted devotion to the Lord.

Hebrew wedding poems
Wedding
Rather than by way of ceremony and religious or civil-legal witness of contract, becoming/wedding proceeds in a time of preparation alongside waiting for fetching of the bride to the groom, and this ideally arriving with much wedding festivity as hosted by the bridegroom's own. Joining flesh together on-to becoming invites covenant/testament apportioning the bride into the household and allotment of the bridegroom.
Genesis 2:18-25; 29:26-29; Ruth 4:4-5; Proverbs 19:14; Malachi 2:15; John 2:1-10.
The Song of Songs [Song of Solomon] holds a beautiful reflection of invitational love in affection. Yet also, Paul is writing, Now concerning virgins/celibates I have no command from the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy. I am inferring that it is inherently ideal, because of the present necessity, that it is ideal as follows: You are bound to a woman? Intend-to not seek/plot to be loosed from her. Loose from woman? Intend-to not seek a woman. Yet-of this, you are not missing/sinning if-ever you are becoming/wedding If-ever a virgin be becoming/wedding, she did not thereby miss/sin. Yet-of, constriction to the flesh such will be holding, and I am forbearing you. [I Corinthians 7:25-28]
As it is written, The two shall become one flesh. Becoming/wedding lives much as flowers blooming: bride remaining bride, and bridegroom as bridegroom, and as these to becoming together. What God is joining together would-be set-apart to His purpose of the ages, and-so surely not to be joined or admixed with traditions or governance of men. Taking good care, as the flesh union of bride to bridegroom remains indelible to/in life.
Romans 7:1-3; I Corinthians 7:39; Matthew 19:4-9.

re: Conflict & Stumbles
Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstacle out of the way of My people. [Isaiah 57:14]
Matthew 18:12-18; I Corinthians 6.


Wisdom Serves…
Matthew 10:16; I Corinthians 2:12-16; Philippians 1:9-11; Hebrews 5:13-14.
In season, our Lord may require service & duty behind lines, where strongholds of spiritual darkness persist; deception, delusion, seduction…
Colossians 2:8,9.

from The Apology of Aristides:
But the Christians, O King, while they went about and made search, have found the truth; and as we learned from their writings, they have come nearer to truth and genuine knowledge than the rest of the nations. For they know and trust in God, the Creator of heaven and of earth, in whom and from whom are all things, to whom there is no other god as companion, from whom they received commandments which they engraved upon their minds and observe in hope and expectation of the world which is to come. Wherefore they do not commit adultery nor fornication, nor bear false witness, nor embezzle what is held in pledge, nor covet what is not theirs. They honour father and mother, and show kindness to those near to them; and whenever they are judges, they judge uprightly. They do not worship idols (made) in the image of man; and whatsoever they would not that others should do unto them, they do not to others; and of the food which is consecrated to idols they do not eat, for they are pure. And their oppressors they appease/comfort and make them their friends; they do good to their enemies; and their women, O King, are pure as virgins, and their daughters are modest; and their men keep themselves from every unlawful union and from all uncleanness, in the hope of a recompense to come in the other world. Further, if one or other of them have bondmen and bondwomen or children, through love towards them they persuade them to become Christians, and when they have done so, they call them brethren without distinction. They do not worship strange gods, and they go their way in all modesty and cheerfulness. Falsehood is not found among them; and they love one another, and from widows they do not turn away their esteem; and they deliver the orphan from him who treats him harshly. And he, who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. And when they see a stranger, they take him in to their homes and rejoice over him as a very brother; for they do not call them brethren after the flesh, but brethren after the spirit and in God. And whenever one of their poor passes from the world, each one of them according to his ability gives heed to him and carefully sees to his burial. And if they hear that one of their number is imprisoned or afflicted on account of the name of their Messiah, all of them anxiously minister to his necessity, and if it is possible to redeem him they set him free. And if there is among them any that is poor and needy, and if they have no spare food, they fast two or three days in order to supply to the needy their lack of food. They observe the precepts of their Messiah with much care, living justly and soberly as the Lord their God commanded them. Every morning and every hour they give thanks and praise to God for His loving-kindnesses toward them; and for their food and their drink they offer thanksgiving to Him. And if any righteous man among them passes from the world, they rejoice and offer thanks to God; and they escort his body as if he were setting out from one place to another near. And when a child has been born to one of them, they give thanks to God; and if moreover it happen to die in childhood, they give thanks to God the more, as for one who has passed through the world without sins. And further if they see that any one of them dies in his ungodliness or in his sins, for him they grieve bitterly, and sorrow as for one who goes to meet his doom.


   

Jesus is saying, “If any one serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall My servant also be. If any one serves Me, the Father will honor him.”
[John 12:26]

What do I need to be His servant?
We must have Christ/Messiah. In Him, brother Paul wrote to God's children in Philippi, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me,” and also to Timothy, “If we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” [Philippians 4:13; I Timothy 6:8]

Examine yourself for readiness: Challenge In Service.

“We must not do at all what we are doing here today: every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes.”
[Deuteronomy 12:8]

“Who then is Apollos? And who is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one.”
[I Corinthians 3:5]

“Do nothing according with selfishness/faction or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself”
[Philippians 2:3]

“…you know the household of Stephanas, that they were the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have set themselves for ministry to the saints.”
[I Corinthians 16:15]

“Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.”
[I Corinthians 4:1-2]

“There were also women looking on from afar: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the lesser and of Joses, and Salome. Who also, when He was in Galilee, followed Him and ministered unto Him; and many other women came up with Him to Jerusalem.”
[Mark 15:40-41]

“…freely you have received, give without charge.”
[Matthew 10:8]

Servant's Stewardship
Luke 12:42-44; I Corinthians 4:1-2; 9:16-19; Ephesians 2:1-3; Colossians 1:25-28; I Peter 4:10

Jesus called them to Himself, and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not so among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. …Let him who is greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as a servant.”
[Matthew 20; Mark 9 & 10; Luke 22]

house collapses into the sandThose who act upon the words of Christ have His sure foundation in them, that what is built thereupon may endure. Recognize the Family in Christ; discern the foundation, that your works of service may not fall to nothing. [Matthew 7:24-27; 12:46-50; Mark 3:31-35; Luke 6:47-49; 8:19-21; 14:28-30; I Corinthians 3:9-11; Galatians 2:18; Philippians 1:9-10; I Thessalonians 5:11; Jude 1:20-23]

His Spirit handling the scriptures in His servant, such as Paul writing of Timothy, how-that from a babe you have perceived the sacred writings; the writings being able to make you wise on-to rescuing/saving through the faith in Christ Jesus; writings wholly God-spirited [God-breathed] and-also beneficial toward teaching, toward exposing, toward correction, toward tutorage in the righteousness, so-that the man of The God, having been outfitted, may be fresh/equipped toward wholly good action. Setting aside various traditions & patterns of men in their reshaping the writings apart from the direct of God to do so; giving thanks in every utterance/oracle of God; not despising prophesies, yet testing all things, retaining the ideal.
[II Timothy 3:15-17; I Peter 4:11; I Thessalonians 5:20-21]

Servant authority is not to be recognized or expressed in/as some authority of our own; servant authority in Christ cannot be endowed from man or withdrawn by man. Instead, we fully accept the authority of Jesus Christ in everything. In the ekklesia/edah, source authority is never derived or dependent upon the option of men. The authority of Christ establishes one mind, one accord, among His faithful ones, in whom all factious, divisive, sectarian thinking is put away. [Titus 3:10-11]

Why, then, do divisions arrive and continue today? Paul's explanation is written in I Corinthians 11:17-19. I John 2:18-20 & Amos 3:1-8 further explain the manner of factions. Therefore, be patient with one another and endure hardship, as surely it is the Lord who separates the wheat from tares & chaff. [Matthew 3 & 13]

“For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.”
[Galatians 1:10]

vessels in house“Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Now flee from youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. And the Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will. But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these.”
[II Timothy 2:20-3:5]

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
[Joshua, son of Nun]

The Revelation of Jesus Christ (recorded by John) includes many good things to note for the Lord's bond-servants.

Never alone…
As Jesus Christ says to us, “I will never leave/be lax with you, neither will I forsake you.” [Hebrews 13:5] As there is one Body with many members, fitly joined, we together serve the Lord our Mighty God. [Ephesians 4]

Intrepid, discerning, reproving, admonishing, rebuking, with great patience, instruction; every word of Christ. [Philippians 1:9-14; Colossians 3:12-17; II Timothy 4:1-2; Titus 2]

Bear one another's (heavier) burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ [Love]. [Galatians 6:2-5]

Does my work/job make me a servant?
We become hired servants when we work for material things; working for the will of men. [Mark 1:20; I Peter 2:18]

Satan's slaves work for his evil purpose. [II Corinthians 11:14-15]

The slaves of Jesus Christ work to glorify Jehovah/Yahweh God in His eternal purpose. [Colossians 3:12-17]