Love starts at the intersection of a need and a willing heart.
We have all made excuses as to why we can’t do something we don’t really want to do. Tell about the funniest or most memorable excuse you have ever given or heard someone else give.
Every great story begins with a need and someone willing to do something about that need. God just wants us to bring to Him what we have, whether it is ideas, talent, skills, or knowledge. He will take it, bless it, and do with it only what He can do. Love starts at the intersection of a need and a willing heart. There your faith grows, hearts are mended, lives are changed and souls are saved. Love is a verb, meaning action is taken. So in other words when you see a need do something about it!
Read Matthew 14:13-29.
1. Jesus was mourning the death of His cousin John the Baptist and was trying to find some alone time. The crowds followed Him, they always needed feeding (spiritually), or healing. Why do you think Jesus taught the disciples and us to share in the ministry of meeting needs?
2. Jesus was moved with compassion when He saw the crowds. Discuss which needs you see that move you to compassion. What do you do about those needs?
3. The disciples wanted to send the crowds away to get food. They asked Jesus what He would do about it. He turns it around and tells them to do something about it. What did He teach them about bringing what they had to Him?
4. God is always trying to increase our faith. Our faith grows more each time we leave our comfort zone and serve others. Tell about a time when you stepped out of your comfort zone to follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
5. After just witnessing Jesus perform the miracle of feeding the 5,000 with two fish and 5 loaves the disciples are terrified when they see Jesus walking on the sea toward their boat. They think he is a ghost. Peter connects the dots and asks Jesus to command Him to get out of the boat. Discuss what you think the other disciples might have said or thought after seeing Peter actually walk on water for a few steps.
5. Peter sinks after he allows fear to overcome him and he takes his eyes off Jesus. In your opinion why is it important to keep your eyes (focus) on Jesus?
6. Jesus will use what we have and then do with it what only He can do. What does this mean to you? Do you have any examples of when you offered Him your skills, talents, or willingness?
7. Do you begin each day looking for a need to meet or opportunity for God to use you to meet someone’s need?
8. How have you seen God open the door to show you a need someone has?
9. What was your response to God showing you a need? When you began serving others did you feel the intersection of tension that Pastor Chris talked about? How did you deal with the tension?