Ice Breaker (optional – choose one below)

  • When have you received especially good table service at a restaurant? What was that experience like?
  • What’s the most over-the-top thing you’ve ever done for a friend?

Main Idea

I was made to serve selflessly.

Discuss

When has someone served you or was kind to you in a way that was unexpected? How did you respond to their action?

 

Who in your life would you say is a model of serving? What kind of impression does that person make on the people around them?

 

What motivates you to serve others (knowing the person you’re serving, seeing a need and meeting it, using your abilities, etc)?

 

What does the Bible say?

Read Mark 2:1-12

What kind of effort was required for the four men to bring the paralyzed man to Jesus? What effect did their effort have on Jesus?

 

How do you think the different people present reacted to Jesus forgiving the man’s sins (the four men, the crowd, the teachers, the paralyzed man himself)? How would you have reacted?

 

How was the paralyzed man’s life changed by the four men’s service? How was the crowd affected by the paralyzed man?

Apply the Message

When the mission is more important than the cost, we will do whatever it takes to bring people to Jesus.

  • In what way(s) is God leading you to bring others to Him by serving them?
  • What do you need to commit to this week to put that service into action?

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