We are called and equipped by the Holy Spirit to share God's love by participating in the ministry of Jesus. He has given us agency with Him to fearlessly influence our society and the world. When we serve in the world and in His Church, we impact those around us and reveal God's glory.Daily Reflectionsgroup discussion guideDaily Reflections
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“For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” - Mark 10:45
“Serve the Community” is this week’s Rhythm!
Here’s our summary: Being called and equipped by the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ love compels us to be difference-makers by serving Him in our church and in our world, both locally and globally.
Jesus is the ultimate difference-maker! He changes everything! Death to life! Darkness to light! Abandoned to adopted! Jesus rescues, redeems, restores, and makes all things NEW!
That’s His heart. That’s His mission. And it can be our heart and mission, too.
But Jesus left no doubt as to HOW He would accomplish His mission: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
That was it! Serving and giving. Jesus’ followers knew that if His mission was now to be their mission, it could only happen by serving and giving, just like Jesus.
But it’s fascinating to note that right after Jesus commissioned them in John 20:21-22 (“As the Father sent me, so I am sending you”), He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
In one unforgettable moment, Jesus made it undeniably clear that if they had any hope of continuing His work in the world, it would only be possible by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus understood that first-hand. All through the Gospels we read about Jesus carrying out His mission “in the power of the Holy Spirit” (Luke 4:14). If it was true for Jesus, His followers knew it would be true for them, too.
This week we have an opportunity to continue Jesus’ work by partnering with Jon Egger and our Missions team. We’ll learn about Friends’ three Missions initiatives (Homelessness, At-Risk Youth/Children in Foster Care, and Human Trafficking) and also participate in a hands-on Serve Experience.
But we’re praying that as your group leans into this experience, that you’ll sense the Spirit’s leading to develop an ongoing rhythm of serving. That the Spirit will spur your group on to more: more compassion for people’s needs, more involvement in our community, and more openness to joining God in His work.
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