Small Group Study
Back to School – Week 3
Saved people Serve
 

Ice Breaker:  Did you ever wanna “be like Mike”?  Who did you aspire to be like when you were growing up?  

1. Southside has a mission (the what), a vision (the why) and values (the how)
     a.    What is our mission?
     b.    What is our vision?
     c.    What are our values?

2. Saved people serve for three reasons:
          i.    There is no mission like this
         ii.    There is no person like you
        iii.    There is no leader like Jesus.

3. There is no mission like this mission.  Discuss in light of Matthew 25: 31-40.
     a.    How do we feed the starving?  See John 6:35.
     b.    How do we care for those dying of thirst?  See John 6:35.
     c.    How do we love the stranger?

4. The first sermon Jesus ever preached, He used Isaiah 61 as His core text:

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

So, is this Jesus worth introducing to a starving, thirsty, and desperate world?  Why?

5. Saved people serve because there is no person like you.
     a.    You were not born for the bench or the bleachers.  YOu were born for the battle.  Discuss in light of
            1 Cor. 12: 2-26.

6. Saved people serve because there is no leader like Jesus.
     a.    On the night before He was crucified, Jesus washed His disciples feet and then said:

13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

What does His example tell us about our life?

Did Jesus make a mistake at the end of this passage?  Did He actually mean to say, “you will be a blessing if you do them”?