1. Sunday’s message focused on the idea of service based on Paul’s perspective in Romans 1.
A: We began by talking about one of the ways to serve God is by serving God’s people. What are other ways that you’ve been able to serve God?
B: Pastor Nate also went through several poor motivations for serving God, what differentiates a good motivation from a poor motivation for serving God?
2.We then talked about 9 characteristics of genuine, God-honoring service.
A: We started in v. 8 & a thankful spirit. Paul is thankful for their faith in Christ despite persecution, they were known for their faith. We were challenged to think on this for our church…so what do you hope our church would be known for?
B: While talking about a thankful spirit, we heard about the tendency of some to move towards a critical spirit as we serve. Why is it easy for us to move towards having a critical spirit when serving?
C: In v. 9-10a, Paul demonstrates a caring heart & shows it most clearly by his praying for the people. Why does prayer serve as one of the most meaningful ways to care for a person?
D: By v. 10, you realize that Paul had a willing spirit as he prays that God would send him to visit the Christians of Rome. Pastor Nate said, “You see the true measure of one’s concern for God’s work by their willingness to do God’s work.” What are some of the most common obstacles for people to move towards actually DOING God’s work?
E: We talked about Paul’s submissive spirit in v. 10 & said that this submission is marked by, “doing God’s Will, in God’s way, in God’s time, for God’s glory.” Which part of this definition of submission is most difficult for you?
F: In v. 12, you see Paul’s humble spirit. He wants to teach the people, but also be “mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” How has God used the people of God to teach you lessons?
G: We were also challenged to think about the implication of learning from the people of God in regards to our involvement with the people of God. What happens when you begin to see a lack of involvement in the church as saying, “I don’t need you to help me grow.”?
H: In v. 14, Paul demonstrates a responsible spirit: he realizes he has an obligation & a duty. What helps us to continue on towards obedience when things get tough or challenging in the Christian life?
I: We ended in v. 15 by seeing that Paul is eager to share with them as he never lost sight of the kindness & grace of God that transformed his own life. How does remembering what we were without Christ compel us to share the gospel with others?