Faith Promise Value: We serve others. God showed us through His Son how our lives are to be.
Can you think of some members of your campus whose hearts are set on serving Jesus? How do you see Jesus through their service?
God’s supernatural love for us should lead to a supernatural Spirit-filled love for others, but spiritual warfare can keep us stagnant in spirit. Becoming a servant runs counter to the world’s culture. However, a serving life unites the Church in common life, common cause, and common action. Love and service to others is what makes the church different and powerful. God’s desire is for us to serve!
Primary Scriptures: Matthew 20:25-28 and Philippians 2:1-8
- Read Matthew 20:25-28. Compare the description of the Gentiles’ behavior to Jesus’ instructions on the disciples’ behavior. We all sin and fall short. Are there circumstances and situations where you are tempted to “lord it over others”? Who in your life might soften to the message of the Gospel if they saw your real life example of Jesus’ servant heart toward them?
- Read Philippians 2:1-2. How do you experience the benefits of Christian community in verse 1: encouragement, love, fellowship, affection, and compassion? Reread verse 2. What does it mean to be “united in spirit” and “intent on one purpose”?
- Read Philippians 2:3-7. Can you share an example of how someone looked out for your interests rather than their own? How are you looking out for the interests of others?
- Read 1 Peter 4:10. What is your spiritual gift, and how can you use it to serve others?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Philippians 2:1-8 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.