What Should We Do Now?
The Point: We do not live for ourselves; we serve God by serving others.
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Use the following illustration as an alternate introduction and Question #1.
Recently the world heard that Anthony Bourdain has died. He was known for travel, exploration, and introducing his viewers to new tastes from around the world. Bourdain knew how to enter someone’s culture to know them and to learn from them.
The only way to accomplish these feats is to serve the people around you. By serving others we respect them and elevate who they are. This week’s session is all about serving God by serving others. As your group gathers have them share about places they have traveled, cultures they have experienced, and customs they have observed. Find out how they’ve been able to serve those they met while traveling to new places and cultures.
To turn the conversation to today’s topic, ask: “How have you seen people serve others in a practical way in everyday life?”
Dr. Beth Masters works with college students at Mississippi College where she is the Director of Christian Life and Ministries. She has a Ph.D. in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Beth loves young adults, baking, and coffee.
Use this activity as a conclusion to this session. Bring a large notepad and markers.
Serving in the name of Christ can often seem overwhelming in the midst of our busy schedules. But being a blessing to others, and reaching the world around us, is something we can easily build into our daily lives as long as we practice intentionality and look for opportunities and windows to serve when the Holy Spirit presents them.
On a large notepad or tear sheet, as a small group, brainstorm ways to serve that will take:
5 minutes: (example: sending an encouraging text)
15 minutes: (example: stopping to talk to a stranger in need)
30 minutes: (example: ordering someone takeout for their family that night)
One hour: (example: bringing someone a meal)
Encourage group members to choose an item or two from the list that they’d like to do this week. Regroup the next week and discuss how these went. You might be surprised to find that group members easily took on more than two ways to serve. When we open ourselves to service, we are often energized by it!
Ashley Emmert is a freelance writer and full-time mama from Chicago, where she lives with her husband, her dog, and her new baby boy. You can find her on Twitter at @ashgemmert, or failing to update her blog at ashleygraceemmert.blogspot.com.
- When have you had either a really good or a really poor experience at a sit-down restaurant?
- When has your enjoyment in serving someone else surprised you?
- When have you been blessed by someone else serving you?
- How would you describe the way you feel about sharing your own faith?
- Based on this passage, how could you succinctly share with someone about Jesus?
- How does Peter’s plan of action here compare and contrast with your spiritual journey?
- When have you experienced the body of Christ ministering to you?
- How can serving other believers impact the broader society?
- What is your initial reaction to these verses?
- In what ways does our service honor God and point to Christ?
- What are some specific ways you could serve others this week?
- Practically, how do Christians today experience the gathering described in Acts 2:46-47?
Send the following link to your group members as either a teaser before the group meets or as a follow-up thought:
Here’s a brief video giving you an overview of this session: Session 5 Video.
This article complements the study. Share this link with your group members.