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THURSDAY — Serving: An Attitude of Service
Big Point: Servants have a Christ-honoring attitude rightly falling under biblical submission!
The Response Questions for Serving Jesus are on pages 12 and 13. You will need to answer these questions before completing the Commitment portion of the Missional Membership Process.
A Christ-follower honors God’s call to participate, to express and receive love, and to carry out the ministry of the church in order to grow closer to the image of Christ.
For this reason, Christ-followers give priority to attending the corporate gatherings of the church for the purpose of worship, teaching, and participation in the sacrament of Communion, and are connected relationally to a small group of believers for the purpose of mutual encouragement, support, and accountability.
Christ followers also:
*Pursue Christ-honoring relationships at home, within the church, and in the marketplace, and are committed to pursuing the Biblical pattern of reconciliation when conflict arises.
*Support the leadership of the church and are Biblically submissive to it. Scripture does not suggest blind submission – we are all under the authority of God and His Word. Missional members must be willing to go directly to the appropriate leader when issues of concern arise, with the desire to engage in honest and respectful dialogue. Complaints should never be taken to uninvolved members of the body in ways that promote rumor or divisiveness.
*Affirm and uphold the fundamental truths of Scripture (as summarized in our Statement of Faith) and refrain from promoting other doctrines in ways that cause dissension.
READ and THINK … Find the Answers in the Bible
1. Why would it be impossible to fulfill the following Biblical commands if you were only attending CedarCreek‘s weekend services without having any close relationships? (See also Colossians 3:16)
Galatians 6:1-3 (New Living Translation)
Dear brothers and sisters, if another Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. 2Share each other‘s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody.
2. At times, it appeared Jesus needed just a few by His side. What is the relational significance of what Jesus did in Mark 14:32-35?
Mark 14:32-35 (New Living Translation)
And they came to an olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” 33He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he began to be filled with horror and deep distress. 34He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me.” 35He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by.
Christ-like Attitudes in Every Relationship
2. Read Philippians 2:1-8. Verse 5 says that we should have the same attitude that Christ did. Describe that attitude, using verses 3, 4 and 7 as references.
Philippians 2:1-8 (New Living Translation)
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and sympathetic? 2Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose. 3Don‘t be selfish; don‘t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. 4Don‘t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing. 5Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. 6Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. 7He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. 8And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal‘s death on a cross.
3. All of us play the role of followers at some level of our Christian experience. What do the following Scriptures teach about the characteristics of a good fol-lower in the church? (See also 1 Corinthians 16:15-16)
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (New Living Translation)
Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord‘s work. They work hard among you and warn you against all that is wrong. 13Think highly of them and give them your wholehearted love because of their work. And remember to live peaceably with each other.
Hebrews 13:17 (New Living Translation)
Obey your spiritual leaders and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they know they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this joyfully and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.
PRAY…God, What do you want me to know & do? Ask God to help you take an honest inventory of your spiritual disciplines and attitude toward serving.