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Step 9: Service

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Next Steps are designed to help us grow as Christians in two categories: God's Mission and God's Word.

←Mission→ Look out to the world; look in at our lives. 


Mission Training John 4:28-30 "[28] So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, [29] "Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?" [30] They went out of the town and were coming to him."

The Samaritan woman's encounter with Jesus in John 4 gives us a simple picture of evangelism on a fundamental level. The Samaritan woman meets Jesus, is subsequently amazed by him, and then very naturally she says to others, "Hey! I meet someone incredible! Come check him out!" Consider this analogy: when we discover a delicious hole-in-the-wall restaurant we do not hesitate to tell others about it. How much more with Jesus!

John 4:39-42 "[39] Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me all that I ever did." [40] So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. [41] And many more believed because of his word. [42] They said to the woman, 'It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.'"

What do you think is amazing about Jesus? Share this with your family, friends, co-workers, and everyone; tell them about the life, joy, and hope you have found and are experiencing in Jesus. Then, offer to study First Steps with them, invite them to church, and/or give them a Bible so they can see how good Jesus is for themselves. Jesus is so wonderful that we don't have to convince someone he is good. We just need to tell them about his goodness and let them see it for themselves.


Accountability:  Last time we set a goal to share our testimony with one or more persons from our prayer list. How did that go? Celebrate any victories and encourage one another to keep striving to share Christ's love and gospel with those around you! 


Goals & PrayerLooking at your prayer list, choose at least one person. How will you share Christ with them in the next two weeks (examples: share your testimony, share the gospel, invite them to church, study First Steps, etc.)? Share the name of the person you choose and the goal you’ve set. Pray for these goals and for one another.


↑Word↓ Look up to God's Word; look down to our lives. 


Gather Together Around God’s Word: Next Steps 9 - Service

John 13:1-5, 12-17 “[1] Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. [12] During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, [3] Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, [4] rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. [5] Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. ... [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.”

-v. 13-14 - Jesus was the master and teacher, not the servant. But Jesus served his disciples by washing their feet.
-v. 15 - This is an example for us. We have been commanded to serve one another.
-v. 17 - We will be blessed if we serve one another.

Galatians 5:13-14 “[13] For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. [14] For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Serve Inside the Church Community

Follow Jesus' example of selfless service by putting others' needs above your own.

Philippians 2:3-5 [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.
-Do not participate in the church community with a selfish desire to meet your own needs but rather with humility, seeking to meet others' needs.
-No one wanted to wash others' feet. Foot-washers were neither recognized nor thanked for their service. Yet Jesus washed his disciples' feet.
-What service opportunities in the church community are there that no one wants to do?

How will you serve in the church?
-Consider your talents, abilities, and spiritual gifts. How can you service inside the church community?
-Oftentimes service opportunities are driven more by need than our gifting.
-There are many opportunities for serving others when the church gathers together for worship: greeting team, hospitality team, audio/visual team, band, kids volunteers, cleaning, translation, etc.

Serve Outside the Church Community

Matthew 5:14-16 “[14] “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. [15] Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. [16] In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
-We will be a light of God's love and gospel to the world around us when we serve and do good deeds for those around us.
-What needs are not being met in the community around you?
-Service opportunities are often unplanned events. We must be ready to jump to action when such opportunities arise.

Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
-Show mercy toward those around you who need help: orphans, widows, elderly, children, single mothers, the depressed, the lonely, the outcast, the bullied,  etc.
-Open your eyes to addressing the problem of social injustice around the world

Galatians 6:9-10 “[9] And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. [10] So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Take the step!
Choose a volunteer team to join within the church by next week. 
Brainstorm how you and your group can meet the needs of the community. Share your thoughts next week.


Fellowship How is everyone doing? What was the most significant event in the past two weeks? Is there something heavy upon your heart? Does anyone need prayer?