Grace that Empowers Us to Serve
Maybe you’ve heard the joke: How does a selfish person screw in a light bulb? He sticks in the bulb and waits for the world to revolve around him. What we learned this week was just how important it is to live a life of serving instead of a life of selfishness. When we see how God asks us to live and serve in Ephesians, it seems pretty unbelievable, but so does what God has given to us that makes that life possible. Where we only had strength to worry about our own lives before, now we have the strength and heart to serve.
1. Ice Breaker: What’s something about you that others would think is unbelievable? Can be funny or serious.
2. Is serving a natural concept or is it something that must be learned? Why do you believe that to be so?
3. How has serving (outside of the church) impacted your life in a greater way? Is it because you have served or because someone has served you?
4. In the message, it was mentioned that you cannot serve wholeheartedly while having fear. In what ways can fear prohibit us from serving? Has there been a time you were afraid to serve someone OR afraid of what serving someone might cost you (time, inconvenience, reputation), so you didn’t?
5. Read Ephesians 6:5-7 replacing the phrase “slaves” with employees and “masters” with boss. When we read it this way, we are shown that the way we serve those above and below us in the workplace is the same way we should serve God. Would you say you serve your boss with the same attitude you would serve God? How can you improve?
Ephesians 6:5-7 - Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.
6. “Strings attached” is a concept that we attempt to avoid at all costs, whether a car salesman gives us false hope or whether we are given something for “free” only for it to come with a catch. When you look back at sacrifices you have made, what strings were attached? Were they sacrifices to give or sacrifices to get? What do you receive when you sacrifice to give?
7. For someone who is a follower of Christ, serving should also happen outside of a church setting. What is one way you could choose to serve those outside of the church this week?
a. Is anything preventing you from accomplishing that?
If you aren’t involved yet at TFF, ask your life group leader to help get you involved with a serving ministry. Serving inside the church prepares you and gives you a great mindset on how to serve those outside of the church during the week!
Life Group Leader: email firstname.lastname@example.org if anyone in your group is ready to begin serving!
CHANGING YOUR MIND
Ephesians 6:7 – Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.