The 80’s were an interesting time. Not since the 1960’s has there been a defining era of fashion, hairstyle and music. Big hair, mullets and parachute pants may have been popular but they definitely weren’t as cool as we remember. I am also pretty sure that music has yet to recover. The 80’s did teach us, though, that sometimes things need to change to get better.
In this series we will discuss some changes in methodology and redefining our core values to be more effective at reaching people with the Gospel. Helping people take their next step towards a deeper relationship with Jesus is the priority of The Fountains. This series helps us realize how we can be more effective, while having some fun reminiscing of days gone by.
It is impossible to be a genuine follower of Christ and not serve others.
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Goal for this session
Understand that, as a follower of Christ, serving others is a reflection of the character of Christ in us.
- You are wasting the life that God has created in you unless you are serving Him through the local church.
As we follow Christ and grow, He changes us. Our perception changes from one of being selfish to being selfless, like Jesus.
- We must take personal responsibility and follow where Jesus is leading.
The life of a believer is not one of a spectator.
- We will only be able to change the world as we are able to serve those in it.
What a great opportunity we have to give life changing truth too those within our Life Group. To often believers are unfulfilled in their walk with Christ because they are embracing half the gospel: only embracing the part that pertains to them. What God can do for them seems to hoard their attention. Many forget that the true joy of following Christ comes with serving God and serving others. When we focus outwardly with the love Christ, inwardly the gospel is made complete. Then, and only then, can we have the full life that Jesus has promised in John 10:10. Saved People Serve People because our salvation comes through a savior that serves. As He continues to gain more control in our lives, we reflect His true character of serving.
Session 2: Saved People Serve People
Watch the sermon.
Use the questions provided in each session to facilitate your group’s discussion and application of each topic.
• What is your favorite fast food restaurant and why?
• What can the church learn from successful fast food restaurants?
Read Luke 10:25-29
• Why was this lawyer asking this question of Jesus?
• What was the purpose of Jesus question to the lawyer?
• If the lawyer’s response to Jesus was correct why would he ask Jesus the next question?
• Why are most grown ups smarter than children?
• Can anything grow and remain the same?
• How does growing in Christ effect our perception?
Read Luke 10:30-32
• Were the Priest and the Levite active in their religion? Why or why not?
• How is religion dangerous to an active relationship with Jesus?
• When it comes to living out your relationship with Jesus, why is ownership more valuable than membership in the church?
Key Point 1: You are wasting the life that God has created in you unless you are serving Him through the local church.
Read Luke 10:33-37
• If you were asked to attend church by the Priest, the Levite or the Samaritan what church would you attend? Why?
• As owners in the mission of the church how are we responsible to others around us?
• Is it even possible to follow Christ by watching Him work from a distance?
• Since we are called to be participants in the ministry of Christ and not spectators, what ways can we be involved everyday of the week? Remember the three ways Pastor Don mentioned in his sermon (spiritual involvement, physical involvement, financial involvement).
Key Point 2: We must take personal responsibility and follow where Jesus is leading.
The life of a believer is not one of a spectator.
Help your Group identify and take their next steps with Jesus. Pray with them and for them. Ask them about their next steps later this week.
Key Point 3: We will only be able to change the world as we are able to serve those in it.
WHAT’s YOUR NEXT STEP?
- Are you currently serving others or are you living a religious life of convenience?
You will never experience the full life Christ has promised until you see others as He sees them and serve them as Jesus serves them.
Your Next Step may be signing up to serve in one of the ministries of The Fountains.
Serving others isn’t just for Sundays.
- Do you have a servant’s heart? Are you growing and changing to become more like Christ? In your day-to-day life, are you actively seeking ways to serve others?
Your Next Step could be you need to take time to evaluate your perception and taking ownership of the ministry God has given you to serve others.
Have you become an Owner at The Fountains by participating in Ownership class? (formerly Growth Track)
Perhaps you are ready to get off the bench and join the ministry of The Fountains. If so, then Ownership Class is your Next Step. The next class is October 4th.
Ask God to show everyone in the group the true Joy of Serving. Pray that God will continue to grow us and change us to love and serve others as He does. Pray that God would reveal to us the ministry He desires for us to be involved in so that we can experience the full life He has promised.