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Sermon Audio: An Indispensable Ingredient

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

An Indispensable Ingredient

Ken Harrell

Senior Pastor

All too often churches today can focus on the “doing” rather than the “being”, but here’s the thing: our God is much more concerned with what we are as a church family than what we do.

When Jesus came to earth, each and every day He lived out His life as a model for us. And He made it very clear when He showed that there’s only one way to greatness in God’s economy… follow His example and learn to be a servant.

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Key Scripture

John 1:40–42

Discussion Questions

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  1. Where have you lost your servant’s attitude? What has impacted your servant’s heart?
  2. Do you ever focus on the “doing” rather than the “being”?
  3. Have you ever thought that knowledge or debate is a more effective ministry approach than character and loving people? Why do you think that’s the case? Have you ever found yourself engaged in that approach? How does it relate to speaking the truth in love?
  4. 2 Samuel 24:24 says, “…I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.” What has ministry cost you personally? Why is the price something you’re willing to pay?
  5. Review the 10 truths of ministry in your notes. Do any of these stand out to you in particular—or are there perhaps some that you never thought of before? How can we make sure that our individual ministries encompass each of these 10 attributes every time?
  6. The Biblical examples provided by Andrew’s ministry show us how to value people more than recognition or the esteem of others. His gifts weren’t loud and obvious, but they were extremely important nonetheless. How might things have been different if Andrew had thought his talents were too insignificant to matter? Do you ever feel that your contribution or service is too small to make a difference in God’s economy? Does this change your viewpoint at all?

Accountability

  • Where are you reading in the Bible this week and what is God revealing to you?
  • Discuss any struggles you may be going through with your group.
  • How can you be praying for your group this week? How can they be praying for you?

 


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Scripture Reference

John, Matthew

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