Matthew 20:28 (NIV) “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…”
Matthew 14:25-27 (NIV) Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
Matthew 14:28 (NIV) “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
Matthew 20:29 (NIV) “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
Matthew 20:30-33 (NIV) But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
1 Peter 4:10-11 (NLT) God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV) Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Proverbs 11:25 (MSG) The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.
Matthew 25:40 (NIV) “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Mark 6:47-51 (NIV) Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed…
How we live and make decisions day-to-day can make or break our ability to fulfill our God-assigned role in the kingdom. Which of the statements below can most easily become a roadblock for you?
Moving too fast to notice
Packing too much into my schedule
Trying to respond to every need
Putting off getting started
Being unwilling to flex my schedule and/or leisure time
Hobbies, exercise, time with friends, and time for yourself are part of a healthy life. How do you think you can best balance these with the responsibility to serve others and a willingness to truly sacrifice what you may want to do?
We often don’t mind being a servant as long as we aren’t treated like one! In Luke 17:7-10, Jesus gives some insight into how a true servant is treated. Read the verses and discuss with your group.
Opportunities to serve and impact others in small but significant ways occur randomly around all of us every day. As you read the story of the Good Samaritan and his random opportunity to serve in Luke 10:25-37, in what ways did he serve the man who was robbed?
After a message like this one, the challenge is how to make serving more a part of our daily life. What are some ways you can incorporate more serving into your normal, everyday life?
What ministry booths interested you as a way of plugging into the life of the church by serving others?
Elementary parents, today our bottom line is God made us to serve others. We learned the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 men, plus women and children, with the contents of a boy’s lunch. Ask kids what the boy gave Jesus. (Five loaves of bread and two fish) Jesus blessed that lunch and fed the crowd to their fill and had leftovers. Ask kids how much was left over. (Twelve baskets full!) Jesus didn’t need what the little boy had in order to feed the crowd. He could just as easily have asked for fish and bread to rain down from heaven and it would have happened. Jesus wants us to be a part of his story, He wants us to be the hands of feet of Jesus to others. Serving is a vital part of doing so.
A self-described “leadership junkie”, Ronnie brings a relationship perspective to all of his messages. He's a transparent teacher, baring his soul to help his listeners connect to the greatest relationship they’ll ever know!