Serve One Another Generously │Series: One Anothering

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Sunday’s Message — Serve One Another Generously

Pastor Adam Kohlstrom

Series: One Anothering  │Scripture: 1 Peter 4:10-11; Galatians 5:13-16; 6:2; 6:10; 2 Corinthians 2:1-15; Matthew 25:31-46

 

  • Galatians 5:13-14. How is freedom in Christ different from the freedom the world seeks? How does our freedom in Christ free us to serve one another?

 

  • 2 Corinthians 8:1-5. How would you characterize the giving of the church in Macedonia? As long as we give

something, do you think God cares if it is given grudgingly? if it is the “left-over”? if it is the “bare-minimum”? Why or why not?

 

  • 2 Corinthians 8:13-15. How would you summarize the principle that Paul teaches in this passage? “Service means sacrifice. It requires us to give so that as we learn to live with less (time, money, energy, opportunity, advancement), others in need will have more” (Gerald Sittser). Can you think of any possible way to serve one another without sacrificing something (convenience, comfort, preference, time, money, etc.)?

 

  • 1 Peter 4:10‐11. As stewards of “God’s grace in its various forms,” if we fail to serve others with our gifts, of what are we guilty? How should this understanding transform our service of one another?

 

  • Matthew 25:40. “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Understanding our service is to Christ Himself, how should it change our willingness to serve the “least desirable; convenient; comfortable; conciliatory; gracious of these”? Reading this list probably brings someone specific to mind – pray for that person and ask God to show you how you might serve him/her this week.

 

  • “How, with my existing abilities and opportunities, can I be of greatest service to others, knowing what I do of God’s will and of human need?” (Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor). How would you begin to answer Keller’s question in your own life?

 

  • Pastor Carey Nieuwhof writes, “Your strategy, not your intention, determines your success… Open your calendar. Do you see your goals scheduled right into the rhythm of your every day?” Good intentions are not enough - time for service must be scheduled or it will not happen and money for giving must be budgeted or it will not be given. Look at your calendar and budget for the next week: who and how will you serve; where and how much will you give?

 

 

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