Serve Each Other
FREEDOM in CHRIST
What does it mean to be free? Many individuals today believe that freedom is the ability to do whatever our heart desires without any consequences. But this is not biblical freedom. Almost always, doing whatever we want eventually leaves us feeling empty inside.
- If we want to experience freedom in Christ, then we must live in total commitment to Christ.
SERVING ONE ANOTHER
Serving is not just helping others physically. Serving is a mindset which places the interests of God and others above our own desires. There are two Greek words in Galatians 5 and Mark 10 which demonstrate the true mindset of service.
- Freedom is found knowing that I am not my own.
- Joy is discovered in waiting for tables.
The RANSOM of CHRIST
The word ransom means “to purchase a slave’s freedom.” This is the ultimate act of service. There is no greater love than to give up your life as a payment for someone else to live.
- Christ served you in His death, will you serve Him with your life?
Study and Discussion Questions
1. When you think of someone with a servant’s heart, who comes to mind What are some of their characteristics?
2. What does “freedom in Christ” mean for you personally? In light of the sermon, how is this freedom displayed in your life?
3. The two main Greek words for “serving” are doulos (slave: not my own) and deacon (waiting on tables). Discuss the impact these words should have on your view of serving.
4. Read Luke 6:38. Look up the meaning behind “a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over” and discuss how this is a picture of how a generous person is blessed by God. Are you generous with your time?
5. Isaiah 58:10. How can you be a light in the darkness? When is the last time you have helped to satisfy the needs of others?
Applying the Word to Life
6. Read 1 John 3:18. Do you “talk the talk” or do you also “walk the walk” in your faith? How can you demonstrate a servant’s heart this week? Ask Christ to bring someone to mind who needs your help, and then follow through and serve them.
7. In Galatians 5, we see five phrases: “serve each other” - “devour each other” - “destroy each other” - “provoke each other” - “envy each other”. Notice how one is not like the others. When you focus on serving others, you rise above conflict that keeps you busy putting out fires instead of accomplishing your mission. What will you do this week to become LAST even when you feel like becoming FIRST?