Selected to Serve
Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on April 7, 2019
Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26
This Sunday, Sterling Brown helped us understand the amazing privilege we have to be selected by God to serve others and get into the game for God’s kingdom. In this study, let’s think about the position that God has called each of us to play in our church and in our community as the body of Christ.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
If you played sports as a kid, what position did you play the most and why did you play that position? If you played in an orchestra or band, what instrument did you play and why did you choose that instrument? In your first job, what was your role or responsibility?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. As followers of Christ, we all have a unique position to play on God’s team. First Corinthians 12:12-26 gives further details and insights into how an effective team functions. As you read this passage, what are some of the things that catch your attention in regards to the various roles we play?
1 Corinthians 12:12-26 (ESV)
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
- Can you think of ways you’ve benefited from others playing their role?
- Can you think of any examples of how the team (church) might be hindered when someone isn’t willing to play their role?
2. At times it can be confusing to distinguish between God’s part and our part in the use and development of our spiritual gift(s). How do the following verses help work through this balance?
1 Corinthians 1:6-9 (ESV)
6 even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Matthew 20:27-28 (ESV)
27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Ephesians 6:7-8 (ESV)
7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free.
3. None of us want to be categorized as someone who failed to fulfill their role or was too self absorbed to serve others. Yet all of us can, at times, lack the motivation to get involved or sense that we really do make a difference. How might the following verses motivate us to stay in the game and play our role?
Matthew 25:37-40 (ESV)
37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
2 Thessalonians 3:6 (ESV)
6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
4. When it comes to finding and playing our position, what are some of the potential roadblocks that can keep us on the sidelines?
- Don’t think about it
- Feels like I’m a servant
- Pressure of your own responsibilities
- Past hurt
- My own success
- Not sure how to
- Other: ___________
TAKE IT HOME
1. Is there anything specific you sense God calling you to start doing now as a result of this study and Sterling’s message? What next step do you need to take after this study to make sure you get in the game?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?