January 17 – January 23

Weekly Reading for January 17 – January 23

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: Sacred Pathways
Sermon Title: Discovering the Pathways of Wonder

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on January 24, 2021:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: Call to All
Sermon Title: Humble Service Changes the World
Delivered On: January 17, 2021


Memorize and Reflect

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value, others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4

Prayer Direction

Jesus, we know the world doesn't think nor act the way you do. True greatness is not measured in worldly success but in humble service. Spirit, may you empower us to arm ourselves with the mentality and activity of humble service in the vein of Jesus Christ. If we aren't engaged in humble service, will you bring conviction? Will you give us direction in where we can engage in humble service? And finally, will you use our humble service to not only show the good news of Jesus but to create a platform to share the good news of Jesus.

“Live It!” Challenge

You heard on Sunday, three areas of service: Necessity, nurturing, and natural areas. I believe every Christians should be involved in all three. - Necessity areas are those environments that have been created where it is a necessity that people serve. A lack of service in these areas will lead to a lack of growth overall for the church. (Children’s ministry, greeting, outreach, etc.) - Nurturing areas are those opportunities to show care and concern for others. (Small groups, feeding the homeless, counseling, etc.) - Natural areas of service are those environments whereby you can use your specific gifting and skill set the Lord gave you to serve the church and others. (Teaching, small group leadership, tech, music, etc.) Challenge: Think through these three kinds of areas of service, and if there is not an area you are involved in will you pray and ask the Lord where He would have you plug in and serve as God desires to do abundantly more in and through Shoreline than we could ask or imagine in 2021?

Small Group Discussion

  1. 1. Have you heard about Epaphroditus before Sunday? In your own words, who was Epaphroditus to Paul?

  2. 2. Read Philippians 2:5–11 and then Philippians 2:25–30 - How did Epaphroditus adopt the same attitude of Christ Jesus?

  3. 3. What about Epaphroditus stands out to you? Why?

  4. 4.What are reasons Christians give for not engaging in humble service? Are there any characteristics in Epaphroditus’ life that would challenge those reasons?

  5. 5. Is there anyone in your group or in the church (past or present) that stands out as an Epaphroditus’? Who are they, and why do they stand out?

  6. 6. If something happened to you or you moved away, would there be a huge hole?

  7. 7. What is the mission of Shoreline (of the church) and Why is the mission so important? Go around and share what each person is willing to contribute as an act of humble service to see Shoreline advance this mission.

    [Remind them, behind any great movement (or mission) there are sacrificial partners engaged in humble service.]

  8. 8. How can your group, how can the church, honor Subtle Superstars?