Week 3 – Serving Others > Being Served

Ice Breaker (optional – choose one below)

  • Who is someone you think is easy to serve (or at least easier than the ‘average’ person)? Why do you think that is?
  • Share an example of servant leadership that you have seen done well.
  • Is it appropriate to call community leaders “public servants?” why or why not?

Main Idea

All of us want to be great and certainly humans are awesome! Our culture takes this one step too far however, when it tells me that I am greater than… everything and everyone else! When we find ourselves looking down on the world around us we need to recognize that our perspective and understanding of “greatness” has gotten too small.

Discuss

What stood out to you from this weekend’s message?

How did the songs we sang this weekend relate to the message we heard? (Your Love Awakens Me, The Lion and the Lamb, Look no Further, Yes & Amen)

What does it mean to have a “servant’s heart?” Is this a learned trait and if so, how?

What does the Bible say?

Read Philippians 2:3-4

  • What command(s) is/are given in this passage?
  • How does a person’s status in the community affect how he or she applies this verse? (does it?)

Read Luke 10:30-37

  • How much value does the Samaritan place on the man attacked by robbers? How do you know?
  • There are some things that we are willing to be uncomfortable or inconvenienced for, what do those things reveal about us?

Read Matthew 25:37-40

  • How are serving others and serving Jesus related?
  • What does this passage mean?

Read James 2:16

  • Have you ever caught someone (even yourself!) talking powerfully about a problem but not doing anything? What was the result?
  • What is at stake if we do nothing rather than something?

Apply the Message

This week we were challenged with 4 “greater than” statements:

 

  1. Service > Status
  2. Character > Comfort
  3. Giving > Getting
  4. Helping one person > Helping no one

As a group, pick one of the four and draft a “group confession” similar to what we “confessed” this past week. This might be one sentence or longer, but write out what you think the big idea of the statement is and what you (with God’s help) are committed to being and doing. As a group, make this “confession” together!

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