You can only learn 50% of what you need to know about being a disciple of Jesus in an academic setting. This means that watching and listening to sermons, reading your Bible or a book about the Bible, and watching and listening to teachings only make up half of your necessary spiritual growth. If you gave your all to this academic pursuit, you would only be half way there. The other 50% of your spiritual development can only be gained through the lowly, humble door of the servant. There is no other way to access this vital portion of your discipleship.
Listen to what Jesus has to say to the Apostles about serving...
"But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, 'You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.'"
Joining a team and serving at Redemption is an incredible way for you to participate in showing the love of Jesus to others. What you will find as you serve and sacrifice for the benefit of someone else, is that Jesus actually has some incredible things in store for you as well. He wants to use you to make a difference in the lives of others, to add value to them, and in the process He will richly bless you.
“So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, 'Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.'”