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Session I Do you love me?. “How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! You are so careful to clean the outside.

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1 Session I Do you love me?

2 “How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! You are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy – full of greed and self- indulgence! Blind Pharisees! First wash the inside of the cup, and then the outside will become clean, too.”

3 Except I am moved with compassion, How dwelleth thy Spirit in me? In word and in deed Burning love is my need; I know I can find this in thee.

4 Some suggestions:  Forgive them  Spend time with them  Talk and listen  Be patient with them  Give encouragement  Give freedom to be and to grow  Trust

5 Some suggestions:  Assurance  Comfort  Commitment  A demonstration of love

6  Secularization of the church;  Fast pace of change;  Moral bankruptcy;  Busy, stressful schedules;  Broken marriages and families;  Increasing sense of isolation and loneliness;  Compulsive and addictive behaviors;  Head knowledge, but not heart-felt living. Which of these most affect your spiritual life?

7  Surrender / Submission – Giving Up  Solitude / Silence – Drawing Near  Service / Sacrifice – Reaching Out

8 Session II Servant v. Cultural Leaders

9 ReferenceQualities 1 Timothy 2.24, 25not quarrelsome, kind to all, a teacher, patient, correcting opponents with gentleness Acts 6.2-4of good standing, full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom, serve the Word Matthew 23.11, 12Servants are the greatest, they humble themselves Luke 1.38submissive/yielding to God’s word John 13.12-17wash one another’s feet as Jesus did, they are blessed if what they know they do Galatians 5.30free to serve one another in love Revelation 22.3they worship God John 12.26they follow Jesus, they stay with Him, they serve Him 1 Corinthians 3.5-9God assigns work, common purpose, work together

10 Disciples showing cultural tendencies Mark 9.33-37 Who is the greatest To be first you must be last Servant of ALL Welcoming a childPhariseesMatthew 23.1- 13, 25-28 Do not practice what they preach Do everything for men to see Clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside are full of greed and self-indulgence Whitewashed tombs Gentile Rulers Mark 10.42-45 Tyrants To be great must be your servant To be first must be slave of all Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.

11  What character or attitude qualities does Gire associate with Mary and Martha?  How are these attitudes expressed in their outward responses?  What does Jesus value most and why?

12 Session III Your Unique Servant Profile

13 The Saviour of men came to seek and to save The souls who were lost to the good; His Spirit was moved for the world which he loved With the boundless compassion of God. And still there are fields where the laborers are few, And still there are souls without bread, And still eyes that weep where the darkness is deep, And still straying sheep to be led.

14 Except I am moved with compassion, How dwelleth thy Spirit in me? In word and in deed Burning love is my need; I know I can find this is thee.

15 O is not the Christ ‘midst the crowd of today Whose questioning cries do not cease? And will he not show to the hearts that would know The things that belong to their peace? But how shall they hear if the preacher forbear Or lack in compassionate zeal? Or how shall hearts move with the Master’s own love, Without his anointing and seal?

16 Except I am moved with compassion, How dwelleth thy Spirit in me? In word and in deed Burning love is my need; I know I can find this is thee.

17 It is not with might to establish the right, Nor yet with the wise to give rest; The mind cannot show what the heart longs to know Nor comfort a people distressed. O Saviour of men, touch my spirit again, And grant that thy servant may be Intense every day, as I labor and pray, Both instant and constant for thee.

18 Except I am moved with compassion, How dwelleth thy Spirit in me? In word and in deed Burning love is my need; I know I can find this is thee.

19 “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.”

20  Passion indicates where you should serve,  Spiritual gifts indicate what you should do,  Personal style indicates how you can best serve.

21  Everyone is to take a large sheet of paper and several colored pencils.  At the top write “SERVANT PROFILE” and the date of 5 years from today.  Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide this process and help you depict how He wants you to portray His plan for serving Him and His body.  Reflect on your responses to the passion, gifts and style questions.

22 Session IV Authentic Christian Diakonia

23 ChristianSharedHumanitarian those motivations unique to Christian acts of service motivations shared by Christian & Humanitarian acts those motivations unique to Humanitarian acts of service

24 ChristianSharedHumanitarian 1. Love of Jesus 2. Devotion to Jesus 3. Compassion for people 4. Indwelling of HS 5. Fruit of the Spirit 6. Spiritual Gifts 7. Humility 1. Human need 2. Being blessed in a particular area 3. Concern for others 4. Personal experience with a particular area of suffering: disease, misfortune 1. Personal recognition 2. Increased power and position 3. Personal superiority 4. Sense of duty 5. Pressure 6. Personal gain 7. Ease of pain or hurt 8. Moral guilt (there are many positives, too)

25 “Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. "What is it you want?" he asked. She said, "Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom." "You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said to them. "Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?" "We can," they answered.

26 Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father." When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.

27 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

28 1. The willingness to suffer with those whom one serves and to give of oneself. 2. Humility as opposed to superiority about oneself, and respect as opposed to condescension towards those to be served. 3. Not using diakonia as an occasion for domination, privilege and rank. 4. Willingness to identify with the served to the point of laying down one’s life for their sake.

29 Self-righteous Service True Service Human effort Flows out of relationship with God ‘Big deal’ Big or small task, no difference External rewards Content in hiddenness Results Result-free expectations Selective regarding whom to serve Indiscriminate Moods / Whims Need-based TemporaryOngoing Without Sensitivity Sensitive to needs – whether to give or withhold Fractures community Builds community


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