- What activity is a basic part of Christian life, according to the gospel teaching?
- How does Jesus tell his disciples that they ought to serve others?
- What does the clothing of John the Baptist suggest to the people who watched him?
- What does John say when he compares his baptism to the baptism Jesus provides?
- What will Jesus’ baptism do for us?
- Are Christians the only people who do good things? Explain why this matters.
- What does it mean to serve God from inside the Kingdom of God?
Small Group Questions
- What ways have you seen Christians serve Jesus very effectively?
- What ways do you most enjoy serving Jesus? Explain.
- Why do you think you serve in the ways you do?
- Are there things you do (good things) for others that are not linked toyour relationship with Christ? Why do you do them?
- Why does motive matter when it comes to the issue of serving others?
- Have you ever seen Christians who did little to serve others? Describe.
- Have you ever helped anyone else learn to serve in the Kingdom of God?
- What thing would like to do to serve in the Kingdom of God?
- Do you feel God calling you to serve in a particular area?
- How do gifts and abilities factor into the idea of serving others? What things must be considered before starting to serve? Defend your opinion.
Sermon Text: Mark 1:4-11, Luke 9:23, & Mark 10:43-45