Made For This
Nov. 18 - 24 • Week 3: Serving Transforms the World
In Scripture, the church is described as the body of Christ. Just as a physical body has different parts that work together to function, so does the body of Christ. Serving together is how we live out being the church. Not only does serving bring about transformation in you, it also transforms the world in a bigger way than we could have ever imagined.
By serving together, we can do what we were made to do and transform the world together.
What serving opportunity have you really enjoyed and what was it about that opportunity that made a mark on you personally?
When we serve, we are transformed, but so are others in a way that we may never realize. Who in your life has made an impact on you by serving you or others?
The message that Jesus is the Son of God is meant to be shared by the body of Christ to the ends of the earth. He is the chief cornerstone. Compare and discuss Matthew 16:13-20 and Ephesians 2:19-22. What truths can be learned about the body of Christ from these passages?
On Sunday Pastor Ronnie said, “Jesus made His Church to be a people, whose identity is Him, and whose purpose is to carry on His mission.” As we prepare to move into the Relevant Center as a people on mission for seeking and saving the lost, do you feel that you are living in Christ’s identity or your own? Are you aligned to His mission or are you chasing after your own? How can we specifically pray for you?
There are plenty of serving opportunities at Relevant and in our own city. By serving, you are helping accomplish the mission of Jesus. Where are you or will you join the body to serve?
Next Step Challenge
Taking that first step of deciding to serve on a team can be exciting or even scary. But who knows where that next step will lead you or impact a stranger! This week, check out some of the Relevant serving stories online and listen to the transformation that Jesus worked in them and through them. Pray and ask God where He wants to use you. Don’t be afraid to tell Him what you’re thinking and feeling, and take those steps of faith to obey Him. Remember, you were made for this.
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God. Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” – Matthew 16:15-18
All other Scripture References
Matthew 16:13-18, John 3:16