1 Peter 2:9 (BBE) But you are a special people, a holy nation, priests and kings, a people given up completely to God, so that you may make clear the virtues of him who took you out of the dark into the light of heaven.
Philippians 2:1-11 (NLT2) Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than your-selves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
John 13:3-5 (ESV) Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
John 13:34-35 (NJB) I give you a new commandment: love one another; you must love one another just as I have loved you. It is by your love for one another, that everyone will recognize you as my disciples.
Romans 15:7 (NKJV) Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.
2 Chronicles 19:7 (NRSV) “Now, let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take care what you do, for there is no perversion of justice with the LORD our God, or partiality.”
Deuteronomy 10:17 (NIV) For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality.
Psalm 139:23-24 (TEV) Examine me, O God, and know my mind; test me, and discover my thoughts. Find out if there is any evil in me and guide me in the everlasting way.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 25-26 (NLT2) The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit…all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
1 Peter 2:12 (NIV) Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
Ephesians 4:32 (NIV) Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Titus 2:14 (NJB) He offered himself for us in order to ransom us from all our faults and to purify a people to be his very own and eager to do good.
What are some narcissistic attitudes or actions you see around you or see in yourself? How can you help shift away from self to others?
Consider this statement that Pastor Shane made: “The life of a Christian is not to find our freedom, but to find our Master, and when we find our Master, we find our freedom.” How would you use this statement to explain someone who isn’t a Christ-follower why there is freedom in an others-focused life?
How do you really feel about the command to love one another? See John 13:34-35. 1. Yeah, that’s good. I can do that! 2. Ummm, OK, but did you really mean love everyone? 3. Good suggestion, but totally impractical. 4. Ok Jesus – but I’m going to need some serious help!
Be brutally honest with yourself and with God. Do you “receive” everyone? Who is it difficult to receive? Why? How will you step forward with God’s help to make changes in this area and receive, accept, and embrace everyone?
What practical, tangible thing will you do this week to show that ‘others matter more’? Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone to love others in new ways.
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With a passion for Christ that is undeniable, Shane directly involves his listeners in each message. He speaks with high energy and delivers powerful teaching that is relevant to current life issues.