Serving Like Jesus, Participant's Guide: 6 Small Group Sessions on Ministry (Experiencing Christ Together Student Edition)

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9780310266471: Serving Like Jesus, Participant's Guide: 6 Small Group Sessions on Ministry (Experiencing Christ Together Student Edition)

A Life Together Resource―Living with Purpose in Community Students understand that they were created for a reason―they know God had something in mind when he knit them together. The challenge is helping your students unlock that knowledge and start living the life they were designed for. Experiencing Christ Together Student Edition (modeled after Experiencing Christ Together adult curriculum) brings your students face to face with Jesus, the one who holds the key to living for God. By studying Jesus’ words and life, these small group studies will take your students to the heart of what it means to live purposefully for God. Included in the Experiencing Christ Together Student Edition curriculum are these studies: · Beginning in Jesus · Connecting in Jesus · Growing in Jesus · Serving Like Jesus · Sharing Christ Jesus · Surrendering to Jesus Also included are three DVDs, each of which contains biblical teaching that covers twelve individual sessions. Used in conjunction with the Experiencing Christ Together Student Edition books, these teaching lessons support and advance the work your students will be doing in their small groups. Taken together, the Experiencing Christ Together Student Edition curriculum represent thirty-six individual sessions (almost a year’s worth of small-group studies) and over twelve hours of teaching all aimed at helping your students learn to follow God’s purpose for their lives. each piece is available separately.

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About the Author:

Doug Fields has been a leader in youth ministry for over 30 years. In addition to being a youth pastor at two churches for 11 and 20 years, Doug is the founder of Simply Youth Ministry, the co-founder of Downloadyouthministry.com, the author of more than 50 books, and is currently working with Youth Specialties & Azusa Pacific University (HomeWord’s Center for Youth/Family). More information about Doug is available at www.dougfields.com.



Brett Eastman has championed small groups and leadership development at both Saddleback and Willow Creek Community Church over the past decade. He is president and founder of LifeTogether, and one of the authors of the Silver Medallion winner Doing LifeTogether, the adult curriculum published by Zondervan.

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Serving in Jesus, Student Edition: Six Sessions on Ministry Copyright 2006 by Doug Fields and Brett Eastman Youth Specialties products, 300 South Pierce Street, El Cajon, CA 92020, are published by Zondervan, 5300 Patterson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Fields, Doug, 1962- Serving like Jesus : 6 small group sessions on ministry / Doug Fields and Brett Eastman. p. cm. -- (Experiencing Christ together, student edition) ISBN-10: 0-310-26647-5 (pbk.) ISBN-13: 978-0-310-26647-1 (pbk.) 1. Church work--Biblical teaching. 2. Lay ministry--Biblical teaching. 3. Service (Theology)--Biblical teaching. 4. Church work--Study and teaching. 5. Lay ministry--Study and teaching. 6. Service (Theology)-- Study and teaching. I. Eastman, Brett, 1959- II. Title. BV4400.F54 2006 268'.433--dc22 2005024175 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version (North American Edition). Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. Some of the anecdotal illustrations in this book are true to life and are included with the permission of the persons involved. All other illustrations are composites of real situations, and any resemblance to people living or dead is coincidental. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means--- electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other---except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Web site addresses listed in this book were current at the time of publication. Please contact Youth Specialties via e-mail (YS@YouthSpecialties.com) to report URLs that are no longer operational and replacement URLs if available. Creative Team: Dave Urbanski, Holly Sharp, Mark Novelli, Joanne Heim, Janie Wilkerson Cover Design: Mattson Creative Printed in the United States of America Session 1 Candice noticed that her youth pastor and his wife hung around the sanctuary for a long time after church every Sunday. They stayed to make sure they had plenty of time to talk to students and to clean the youth room. When Candice asked them what time they finally got home after church, she was surprised at the answer: After 5 p.m.! Candice was fl oored---youth group ended at noon. She knew they stayed longer because they loved her and her fellow students, but she thought others should share some of the burden to clean up so her youth pastor and family could get home earlier. She came up with the idea of recruiting a team of students to help clean the youth room while others were hanging out and talking. But Candice found her leadership task a difficult one. Most of the students had great excuses, saying there were other things they needed to do. So Candice cleaned the youth room by herself for the first month---until two other girls volunteered to help out. For a few months the three of them cleaned and organized the room. The thankful response from the youth pastor and his family kept them encouraged. After several months of consistent cleaning, a few more students began to participate in this new clean-up ministry. Candice was thrilled that others finally saw the need and responded by jumping in and serving. Now everyone gets home a lot earlier. Serving is often anything but glamorous. No one loves picking up trash, stacking chairs, or putting things away. It's easy to view service jobs as beneath us---but they're not. In this session you'll see that no act of service is beneath you if you've acquired the servant heart of Jesus. Goal: To share about your life and listen attentively to others, caring about what they share If you're new to this series of books, you'll find that every time you get to the fellowship section, the questions are designed to get you talking and knowing each other better. If you're a veteran of the series (which means that you've been through some of the other books), then you already know what to do. 1. Do you know someone who is considered successful in the eyes of the world? What makes this person successful? 2. What is it about serving that makes it so difficult sometimes? Goal: To explore God's Word, gain biblical knowledge, and make personal applications Fellowship: CONNECTING Your Heart to Others' Discipleship: GROWING to Be Like Jesus No one wakes up in the morning saying, 'I hope my life amounts to nothing and that I never make any kind of significant impact.' Everyone is wired with some desire to succeed at something. But while our world tells us to be 'number one,' it also says that we have to look out for 'number one' to get there. Many follow this path, but it doesn't deliver fulfillment. You're about to read a shocking and powerful teaching from Jesus. With just a few words, Jesus turns everything upside down, challenging everything we instinctively believe to be true about success and greatness. Read Mark 10:36-45. (If you don't have a Bible, the passage is on page 87.) 1. Why do you think James and John ask Jesus their question in verse 36? What do you think prompted them? 2. Why didn't Jesus grant their request? 3. Why do you think the other disciples were bothered ('became indignant') by their desire for greatness? 4. What do you think was wrong with James and John--- their desire for greatness or their understanding of what true greatness is? Explain your position and use the Bible passage to support your answer. 5. Respond to this statement: 'The drive for greatness isn't as important as one's definition of greatness.'serve your way to success 6. This passage begins with a bold statement from James and John and may be something of a shock to read. Do you ever feel like you take this attitude with your prayer life---that is, do you boldly ask God for what you want or need? This may be a tough question to answer, but be honest. 7. Did Jesus ridicule James and John for making such a request? Why do you think God says 'no' to some of our prayer requests? 8. Why isn't servanthood attractive in our world? In the church? 9. Why do you think Jesus teaches that servanthood is the true path to success? 10. Read verse 45 again. What does it tell you about Jesus' character? Goal: To recognize and take advantage of opportunities to serve others In the previous passage, Jesus emphasized both humility and sacrifice. Humility doesn't mean thinking badly of yourself; it simply means you put others first and don't think of yourself more highly than you should. Sacrifice, on the other hand, is something you do for others---and there's always a cost attached. Humility and sacrifice may be hard for you right now, but they become more natural as you learn to see life through Jesus' eyes and start putting them into practice. Ministry: SERVING Others in Love 1. How do you usually treat people who serve you? (Think about restaurant workers, store clerks, family members, janitors, and so on.) 2. Give examples of how you might 'lord it over them' (Mark 10:42). Goal: To consider how the truths from this session might be applied to your relationships with unbelievers 1. Discuss the following story. How can acts of service become acts of evangelism? The Fourth of July in one California beach city meant hundreds of celebrating visitors. By the next morning, trash always littered the streets. Evan decided that it would be great for his youth group to serve the town by picking up the trash. Soon other groups within his church learned about his idea and decided to join in. On the fifth of July, almost 100 people were on the beach and wandering through town, picking up and bagging garbage.

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