Main Idea: The habit of serving others leads to a powerful life filled with purpose.
Introduction: This week Pastor Zac continued our Atomic Life series with a message on serving. The habit of serving not only benefits those that we serve, but it increases our faith and connection with God as we see how He has given us gifts and purpose for doing His kingdom work.
Discussion Starter: Think of a time when someone did a service for you, such as washing the dishes or changing your tire on the side of the road. How did it feel to be served? Did it motivate you to want to pay it forward and serve someone else?
Primary Scriptures: Mark 10:42-45, 1 Peter 4:7-11
- Read Mark 10:42-45. Do you have a heart for serving? Do you feel the Holy Spirit pull your attention to certain needs in your community?
- Read 1 Peter 4:7-11. Verse 10 says “each one has received a special gift.” What gift has God given you to be used for His purposes? If you aren’t sure, think about what talents and passions you have. Pray and ask God to give you insight into how He created you. Sometimes people around you may be able to see your gift better than you can see it yourself.
- How are you using your gifts and talents to serve God and His kingdom? Do you have a habit of serving? Why should serving be a habit?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read 1 Peter 4:7-11 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.
Spend some time in prayer praying for Eyes-to-See what God wants you to see and Words-to-Speak what God wants you to speak to those around you.
Engage the World Around Us
Engaging at Faith Promise: Saturday, March 5 is the first Saturday of the month and Faith Promise will have our monthly prayer gathering at 9:00 AM at every campus.
Engaging in Community and the World: Make a plan to serve, and invite your friends and neighbors to join you! For ideas, you can check out our Faith Promise ministry partners at https://faithpromise.org/love-local. If you are practicing social distancing, there are ways to serve others remotely. Could you order and pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor? Or offer to tutor a student via video chat?
Expand God’s Kingdom
Maybe you know someone who wants to make the world a better place, but they don’t believe in Jesus. Could serving together give you an opportunity to talk about that? Check the Engage section above for ideas on serving.
ALL groups at Faith Promise should follow Jesus Christ and lead others to do the same. Below are the marks of a growing follower and disciple of Jesus.
– A follower of Jesus desires to encounter God through the deeper study and application of God’s Word.
– A follower of Jesus embraces people and values relationships on a deeper level so everyone can grow together.
– A follower of Jesus engages and serves the world around them and in their community, through local partners or God-directed opportunities.
– A follower of Jesus expands God’s Kingdom through development and multiplication of disciple-makers, possibly to lead more groups at Faith Promise.