On the Sidelines - Part 2 - Serve

On the Sidelines 

Part 2 - Serve 

Discussion Guide  

Jesus gives us the ultimate example of what it means to be a servant: He taught, healed, and cared for all types of people. More than that, He laid His life down for us all. If we want to follow Jesus, He calls us to live as He lived: being a servant in every room and every aspect of our lives. Let's look at scripture and discuss how we can apply this in our lives.  

What you will need: A Bible or your Bible app, a notebook, pen, and highlighter. The verses highlighted below are linked so that you can easily access them during your study time. 

Jump Start 

1. What team have you been passionate (maybe rabidly passionate) about? What stupid thing did you do to show your “team spirit”?  

2. Read Mark 9:33-35, 10:45. Our culture teaches us to strive for influence, power, and success. Where do you see this in your workplace, school, or profession? What does Jesus say is the actual way to find success and greatness? Have you ever tried this method? Have you ever seen this principle working in your life (or the life of someone in your life)? 

3. Be a servant in every room. Read Ephesians 5:22-25, 28, Luke 6:27-29, Mark 9:36-37, and James 1:27. List every person, people group, or type of relationship that you should serve. Be specific. Note the ones that you feel you need to work on. Why is this hard for you? 

4. Read Philippians 2:3-8. Review these points from the message and share when, who, or where this applies to you personally. Are these different people or situations from those listed in question three?  

a. Serve those who can’t pay you back. 

b. Serve when it’s inconvenient. 

c. Serve when it’s anonymous. 

5. Action Step: You can intentionally plan to serve someone, or some group, that you have realized you are neglecting or avoiding. Share with your group. If this seems too scary, check out this link for serving opportunities at The Cove to get started. 


6. Read John 13:1-15 and Mark 10:45

a. Why did Jesus come to earth? How does this square with His ultimate mission? 

b. Why specifically did Jesus wash the disciples’ feet? 

c. What gave Jesus the confidence to humble Himself in such a way? 

d. What was wrong with Peter refusing (at first) to have his feet washed? What might have been his attitude?