Mountain Movers – Part 3: Serving

Mountain Movers – Part 3: Serving

Mountain Movers – Part 3
April 9-10, 2022
Steve Tanner

John 12:12-28

“A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, ‘Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!’” John 12:12b-13 (p.821)

“For the Lord will remove his hand of judgment and will disperse the armies of your enemy. And the Lord himself, the King of Israel, will live among you! At last your troubles will be over, and you will never again fear disaster.Zephaniah 3:15 (p.717)

“Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.” Zechariah 9:9 (p.724)

  • Faith Is Trusting God Enough To Do What He Says. He Says Love.
    (Love Serves!)

Series Memory Verse: “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20b (p.748)

  1. Ask God to give you a servant’s heart.

“Jesus replied, ‘Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.’”
John 12:23-24 (p.821)

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (p.771)

  1. Serve Jesus by serving others.

“Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.” John 12:26 (p.821)

“Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.” Mark 10:43b–44 (p.821)

“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13 (p.893)

  1. Give God the glory.

“Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to your name.” Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, ‘I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again.’”
John 12:27-28 (p.821)

“Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:16 (p.736)

My Next Step This Week:

__ I will prayerfully review the serving opportunities at and sign up to shadow.

__ I am now serving at Alive Church and I will continue.

Life Transformation Bible Daily Reading This Week: Serving (p.A38-39)

Discussion/Groups Guide: Mountain Movers, Part 3 “Serving”

Life Groups use this guide for discussion and use this also as a discussion guide with your family and friends.  Find out more:

Conversation Starters

  • What is your favorite memory of Easter? What makes it so?
  • Do you have any special Easter traditions you keep with your family?
  • How do “love” and “serving” go together?

Quick Review

Looking back at your Weekend Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out to you, challenged you, or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and Bible verses from the Talk Notes.

Our Series One Thing: Faith Is Trusting God Enough To Do What He Says.
He Says Love. (Love Serves!)

Series Memory Verse: Matthew 17:20 (p.748).

One Voice Bible Story Background: Jesus’ Triumphal Entry (Palm Sunday), John 12:12-19 (p.821)

  • What was the expectation of the Israelite people when it came to their promised Messiah?
  • What was different about how Jesus actually came to them?
  • Did you celebrate Palm Sunday when you were growing up? What was it like? Did it make an impact on you?

More Background: Zephaniah 3:15 (p.717); Zechariah 9:9 (p.724)

  • Zephaniah’s prophecy is filled with conquering language, but Zechariah’s also speaks of humility. Why does it seem that the people of Israel were quick to remember the former and not so much the latter?
    • When have you had an expectation for how God might work in your life, only to have Him do it differently?
  • John 12:16 tells of the disciples later Ah-ha! moments of understanding the prophecies about Jesus. Have you had your outlook about faith or God change as you grow in faith and maturity?

This week our discussion focuses on the following points of teaching and application: To serve with love:

  1. Ask God to give you a servant’s heart. John 12:20-24 (p.821); Mark 10:45 (p.771)
    • Jesus came into Jerusalem like a rock star. Now people want to meet him. What is remarkable about Jesus’ response to the meeting request?
    • Does our culture typically value those who are humble or those who are flashy and loud and boisterous and in-your-face?
    • Who do you need to serve? Do you need God to give you a servant’s heart for that person?
  2. Serve Jesus by serving others. John 12:25-26 (p.821); Mark 10:43-44 (p.771)
    • Have you ever thought about how serving others is one way to serve Jesus?
    • How do you like to serve? When is it difficult to serve?
    • Talk about the term servant-leader. What does it mean to you? Who have seen live this?
    • Mark 10:43 in the NLT says “leader.” Many other translations say “great.” Do you think of yourself as being great? Are “greatness” and “servant” typically thought of in the same context?
  3. Give God the glory. John 12:27-28 (p.821); Matthew 5:16 (p.736)
    • To Whom did Jesus give the glory? Why is this a good lesson for us?
    • Jesus has just been praised highly, with shouts of Hosanna directed his way. It would have been pretty easy to just bask in His glory. But He deflected it to God the Father. Why would he do that?
    • Mountain mover faith is not a faith sword to wield so I get or see cool stuff. It is to be used as God intended. If “Love Serves” who can you serve this week?
    • Easter is one of those times when it’s easy to invite people to church with you. Who will you invite? Who are you investing in so you can earn the right to invite? Pray about this in your Group. Share each other’s burdens for the people in your life who need Jesus.

Digging Deeper

  • Take some time to give thanks to God for things which have happened in the past week in your life and share it with the group to encourage each other.  You don’t need to have a super spiritual experience to share. The Holy Spirit lives within us (see Romans 8:9 (p.862) and 1 Corinthians 3:16 (p.871)), and is intrinsically part of our everyday lives, not just for Sunday’s or for super spiritual matters, but for all of life. Remember we covered the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives in January this year.
  • We do have responsibility to watch out for each other and encourage each other as we read in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (p.907) and in Hebrews 10:24-25 (p.926).
  • There is a slightly funny story about how a donkey saved a man’s life, which is found in Numbers 22:21-34 (p.125). When we have trusted Jesus, God has a role for each one of us beyond the great commission found in Matthew 28:19-20 (p.760). Sometimes these roles/jobs are as plain to see, but we may need somebody else to point this out to us like Balaam’s donkey.  Also sometimes we stray inadvertently from the path God has sent out for us, and when we see this happening to someone, it is our responsibility to help them get back on the right path.
  • Being a member of a life group is not for an hour or so once a week, but it is being prepared 168 hours a week 52 weeks a year to pitch in and help each other: we need to pray for each other and encourage each other and take an interest in their interests. This is what it means to serve Jesus and by serving others.

My Next Step This Week

  • __ I will prayerfully review the serving opportunities at and sign up to shadow.
  • __ I am now serving at Alive Church and I will continue.

Life Transformation Bible Daily Reading This Week: Serving (p.A38-39)