Serving God in Practical Ways
Anchor command. “Treat people the same way you want them to treat you.” Matthew 7:12
Anchor story. A Good Samaritan. Luke 10:25-37
Anchor verse. “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31
Learning goal. Find how practical Scripture is when dealing with our duties.
Growth goal. Develop a strong desire to serve others out of love.
Skill goal. Discern others’ needs that you can meet, and do so wisely.
Outcome goal. Believers lovingly serve others daily.
God, there are people all around us that need help. Give us the discernment
to know whom to serve and how to do it effectively in a practical way.
Learn from the story of the Good Samaritan. Luke 10:25-37…
· Jesus told the story of a caring Samaritan in answer to a lawyer’s question. What had the lawyer asked him? Verse 25
· What was the lawyer’s reply, that sums up the Old Testament Law: 27
· After Jesus agreed with the lawyer that he must love his neighbor, what did the lawyer ask? 28-29
· What happened to the Jewish traveler on the road? 30
· What two people passed by the injured man without helping him? 31-31
did the Samaritan do for the injured man? 33-35
does it mean to be a true neighbor? 36-37
During the week.
the needy: let your people mention neighbours and friends who need help,
· Have believers decide who will work together and when. Make definite plans.
the story of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37, and ask the questions
· Ask the children to present what they have prepared.
· Memorize 1 John 3:17-18.
1. Serve the sick, the suffering and the oppressed.
· Why are so many people poor and have troubles?
One reason that so many folk remain poor and have troubles, is that evil spirits whisper lies to them. If people want to sin, then they will believe these lies.
Evil spirits want us to be greedy, immoral
and dishonest. But Jesus can free people from these sins and lies. He can
change our hearts and make us into people who have new desires and who do not
want to sin.
· Ask the Lord to give you and your flock strong love for the needy—love that yields helpful actions
· Find in Luke 10:25-37 how the caring Samaritan showed practical love.
[Answers: the Samaritan showed practical love by caring for the injured traveller. Jesus promises eternal life to believers who practice their faith this way.]
What did Jesus promise those who do the same as the caring Samarian?
[Answer: Compare Luke 10:25 with verse 37.]
2. Plan with your co-workers activities that your people will do next week.
Write your plan on paper, and announce it to the congregation at the next worship meeting. Make your plan specific. Find the neediest people, then serve them as Galatians 6:10 says: “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
3. Plan with co-workers the upcoming worship time.
· Pray during worship for people in painful need in the community.
Praise God for spiritual
· Additional options to apply God’s Word:
Option 1. The Good
The sheep and the goats.
Narrator (adult): Read the parts that are not spoken by the King, sheep or goats.
King (adult): Read, or say by memory, the words of the King.
Sheep (children). A child reads or speaks from memory the words of the sheep.
Goats (children). A child reads or speaks from memory the words of the goats.
Refute Satan's threats.
Speaker # 1, with jeering voice:
The demons like to stir up envy.
Such bitterness! How men complain!
Men grasp with greedy hands for money.
And sell their souls for selfish gain.
Speaker # 2, with joyful, determined voice:
Let demons fit their flaming arrow,
Of ‘jealousy’ upon their bow.
Our armour’s firm and will not crack.
Our faith withstands the harshest blow!
· Announce activities that you and your co-workers have planned to do during the week.
· In groups of 2 or 3, pray, confirm the plans and encourage one another.
· Invite all to examine their heart, to confess their sins and celebrate the Lord’s Supper. To introduce Communion, you or a helper might read 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, and explain that we partake in Christ’s body.
The Word of God became flesh and lived among us. He was born in Bethlehem, where Boaz once cultivated barley. ‘Bethlehem’ means ‘house of bread.’ It was where Jesus became flesh and blood, so he could become the Bread of Life for us.
· Those who teach children should read study #73 for children.