Lesson 14: Serving One Another
Objective: Understand the role service should play in our expression of love for one another.
We can love others and bring glory to God through our words and actions. This lesson is about loving others through action; serving one another.
Jesus is our model for how to live. He gave himself up in service to God the Father and to us.
Mark 10:45: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
John 15:12-13: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
1: So, if Jesus didn’t come to be served but to serve, what does that mean for us and how we should serve others?
Instead of being preoccupied with our own needs and interests, we should be focused on others.
Mark 9:35: “Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
Philippians 2:4: “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
2: How can you start focusing on others and serving their needs?
Loving and serving one another also means to carry each other’s burdens.
Galatians 6:2: “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
3: Who do you know that you could bless by carrying their burden?
Through cheerful service, we can be God’s messenger of grace and love.
1 Peter 4:8-10: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
Hebrews 13:1-3: “Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
4: What does it mean to love each other DEEPLY and administer God’s grace?
God also made us to serve one another.
Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Think of the many ways to serve:
- Volunteering at church
- Planned and random acts of kindness
- Serving family members within your home
- Serving your neighbors
- Aging parents (1 Timothy 5:4)
- Widows and orphans: (James 1:27)
5: How could you serve others using the gifts God has already given you?