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4 ways to give better service every day


Bible Study

Jesus came “not to be served but to serve” and we also are called to serve. Sometimes it is difficult to do this. Let us look at the Bible to help us to be better at serving others in whatever we do every day.

Below there are four single verses of scripture with questions for each. You may like to print them off and look over them with a friend. If you want to try to write down answers that’s great but it will of course take longer to get through it all—by all means do it over a series of days but you might like to keep the previous verses in mind as you go along - particularly for the last section.

Part 1

Romans ch12 v3 NIV “For by the grace given me I say to everyone of you: Do not thing of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”

Romans was written for the church in Rome but it is believed to have been copied as a letter to be sent to all the churches and so to all the believers.

  1. Who is the instruction for? Does that include you?

  2. What sort of thoughts may be described as thinking of someone more highly than you ought? Do you ever think about yourself like this?

  3. This scripture says “Do not” think of yourself like this. Do you understand why this is?

  4. If we find ourselves thinking these thoughts we need to stop and think of ourselves how instead? (Second part of the verse.)

  5. “Sober” in this sense means rational or free from exaggeration. Why is it important as Christians to judge ourselves without exaggeration (both more highly or more lowly)?

  6. Do you think that the way we see ourselves changes the longer we are Christians?

  7. How does thinking about ourselves without exaggerating affect the way that we serve in the church and the world?

Part 2

Philippians ch 2 v3 NIV “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vein conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves."

  1. Can you see the difference between selfish ambition and ambition which is given over to God?

  2. Being a humble person and being miserable and down-trodden are not the same. Can you thing of someone who you would describe as humble and another person you would describe as down-trodden?
  3. Does this verse mean that everyone is superior and more talented than you?
  4. Christian love is what is behind this verse. What kind of people do you find unlovely and find difficult to think well of?
  5. How does being humble in the presence of all others affect the way you serve in the church and world?


Part 3

Hebrews ch3 v13 NIV “But encourage on another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sins deceitfulness.”

“Today” in the passage is this day, a day when God’s grace is available to us. One day the world and time will come to an end so don’t miss God’s offer now.

  1. As humans we find it easiest to believe the worst (which is described as “sin’s deceitfulness.” )Why?
  2. What is the link between sin’s deceitfulness and encouragement?
  3. Is there any time when we do not need to encourage others?
  4. Will we need encouragement in heaven?
  5. How can this verse affect the way you serve others in the church and in the world?


Part 4

James ch 3 v18 NIV “Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.”

  1. What is the difference between a peacemaker and a peace-lover?

  2. A peace-lover may seek peace by walking away rather than seeking to resolve the conflict but can a peace-lover also be a peacemaker?
  3. Write out 1 Corinthians ch14 v33.
  4. Does the presence of a peacemaker, without any action, bring peace?
  5. What should our attitude be before we try to be a peacemaker?
  6. Can you think of any times when you have been a walk-away peace-lover rather than a peacemaker?
  7. If there were more peacemakers in your church would it be a different kind of place?
  8. Would the church be able to serve the community better if there were a greater commitment to peacemaking amongst Christians?


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