Romans 6:13 (TLB) Give yourselves completely to God—every part of you—for you have been brought back to life, and you want to be tools in the hands of God, used for his good purposes.
Romans 12:1 (NCV) Since God has shown us great mercy, offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.
Isaiah 40:31 (TLB) Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.
Psalm 100:2 (NLT) Worship the Lord with gladness! Come before him, singing with joy!
Romans 12:4-5 (MSG) We are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from Christ’s Body as a whole, not the other way around. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we?
Ephesians 2:16 (MSG) Christ brought us together through his death on the Cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility.
Ephesians 4:16 (NLT) Christ’s Body is fitted TOGETHER perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts to grow…
1 Peter 4:10 (NCV) Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. Be good servants of God’s various gifts of grace.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NCV) Two people are always better than one, because they get more done by working together. If one falls down, the other can help him up. But it is bad for the person who is alone and falls, because no one is there to help. If two lie down together, they can share the same blanket and stay warm, but a person alone will not be warm. An enemy might defeat one person, but two people together can defend themselves. And a rope that is woven of three braids is hard to break.
Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to do everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you…
2 Corinthians 8:3, 5 (MSG) They gave beyond their ability…far more than they could afford. What explains it was that they had first given themselves unreservedly to God. The other giving simply flowed out of the purposes of God working in their lives.
How is a friendship with God similar to any other friendship and how is it different?
Which is easier for you – public or private worship? In which do you usually feel closer to God? Do you agree that part of your spiritual growth is tied to “worship with others”?
What are the most common excuses people give for not joining a church, and how would you answer them? Which of these have you used and what has changed (or needs to change)?
A year from now, how would you like to be more Christlike? What can you do today to move toward that goal? Talk with a trusted friend or small group member about your plan and ask for their prayer support and partnership through accountability.
How can we help every member of our small group find a place of ministry? What can our group do to serve our church family? What passions do we share that we could work on together in our community?
What are some typical fears and stereotypes that people have when they hear the word “evangelism”? What keeps you from sharing the Good News with others?
Do you consider yourself “bought in”? If not, which of the five commitments do you need to focus on first? Share with your small group how you’ll do this.
Elementary parents, today we wrapped up our series on Service by looking at the greatest servant of all, Jesus. Ask kids what Jesus did in our story that was surprising. (Washed the disciples’ feet.) Jesus demonstrated that serving makes us great. This isn’t great the way the world defines great, but it is great the way Jesus defined great. That is the kind of great that matters most!
In messages liberally sprinkled with humor and filled with straight – and sometimes tough – talk, Kevin reaches out to people with God’s message of grace and love.