When we serve others, we lift others up.
Share a time when someone stepped in and served you when you least expected help.
This weekend, we continued to look at who we are as a church at Faith Promise. We believe our starting place is to put God first. When we do this, everything else falls into place, and we begin to change from the inside out. We love God, and we develop a new capacity to love others. What does it look like to “love others”, and how do we go about using our God-given gifts? Many people struggle to understand their purpose in life, but when we turn to God, He will help us understand how to fulfill the calling He uniquely places on each of His children. When we serve others, we lift others up. Like a pulley, we were made for pulling and lifting; our purpose is to point others to Christ: to lift them up in God’s grace and forgiveness. In order to be truly effective for the Kingdom of God, all Promisors need to take part. A pulley is worthless if there is slack in the line, and the best way to strengthen Faith Promise is for each of us to stay connected and close to God. We are called to serve God with the gifts He has given us and not in our own strength. A gift from God is a calling that a Christ-follower will find honor and joy in using. Will you seek God’s call and purpose for your life and serve Him by serving others?
Primary Scripture: Primary Scripture 1 Peter 4:7-11
1. According to theses verses, what should encourage a Christ-follower to persevere in living a life pleasing to God? Describe how does this looks in a practical sense.
2. Discuss ways believers can be of “sound mind and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer”.
3. Peter describes Christian love as fervent, forgiving, and practical. In what ways can you show your love to other believers this week? Whom is God calling you to serve in love?
4. Each Christ-follower is given at least one spiritual gift, and we are called to use that gift to the glory of God and to the building up of the church. How are you using what God has given you? If you are not serving, will you ask God to remove any fear or hesitation so that you can fulfill His calling in your life?
5. What one activity may God be laying on your heart to omit from your week so that you can prayerfully spend time with Him, seeking His direction in how you can serve others for His glory and the building up of the church?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read 1 Peter 4:7-11 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the Believer’s relationship to Jesus.