SAved People Serve People

Context: The following is a discipleship lesson focusing on a core value of being an authentic disciple of Jesus. These build on the foundation laid in our resources for Exploring Christianity and Mentoring a New Christian. You can see the Table of Contents for this lesson series here

Big Idea: As Jesus has saved and served us, our discipleship is to be marked by humble service to others.

Part 1: Discovery

Read and reflect on these Scriptures:

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 61.1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;

New Testament Reading: Philippians 2.1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Gospel Reading: John 12.12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

Questions For Discussion: 

1. What are these passages saying in your own words? 
2. How do we see the beauty and majesty of Jesus in these passages?
3. What does this passage teach us about life?

Part 2: Nurture

Now that we have discovered truth about Jesus with our minds, we want to nurture these truths in our hearts. 

Questions For Discussion:

1. Traditional religion is built on the idea that we do things in order to try and reach God. The Christian Gospel is fundamentally different than traditional religion in that it is centered around Jesus coming to us, serving us, saving us. How does this impact you? 

2. Who is someone in your life that has lived this theme (Saved People Serve People) out? How did it impact you or others? 

3. What has serving people looked like in your life? 

4. What might it look like to experience more of this value in your life? What fruit would this bear in your life and in our world? 

Part 3: Apply

As we have seen from the Word that saved people serve people, and now that we have nurtured this truth in our hearts so that we not only see it, but savor it, what are practices we can incorporate in our lives in order for this to be a growing part of our lives? 

Before we look at the practices, remember:

1. Remember that spiritual practices are not the answer for a disciple, but they lead an authentic disciple to The Answer Himself.

2. Embracing a life of spiritual practices doesn't keep us from the spontaneous leadership of the Spirit, they actually sensitize and make us aware in a greater way in our day to day lives and the situations we encounter.

3. Also, a common mistake disciples make in being intentional in embracing spiritual practices is taking on too much at once, getting discouraged and quitting. As you look at these practices be in prayer about what step the Holy Spirit is calling you to take and become consistent with.

Practice:

1. Serving in your home- regardless of our season of life, our homes/dorms/apartments etc are one of the areas where we can practice this value. 

2. Serving in the church- the church is built up as her people serve one another. Joining a serve team is a great way to grow in this practice. 

3. Serving our city- whether it is a role at our job or school, or a homeless shelter, refugee agency or mentoring ministry there are lots of ways to practice serving.  

For Discussion:

1. How has this practice been a part of your discipleship to Jesus? 

2. After taking some time to pray, how do you sense the Holy Spirit leading you to respond in regards to what we have talked about today?