One Voice One Purpose – Part 5: So Will I

One Voice One Purpose – Part 5: So Will I

So Will I
One Voice One Purpose – Part 5
January 23-24, 2021
Steve Tanner

Key Verse: “Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors. He also came so that the Gentiles might give glory to God for his mercies to them.” Romans 15:8-9a (p.868)

Series Key Verse: “Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:6 (p.868)

Friends who served: See Luke 5:17-26

  • Jesus Came To Serve.

“Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 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.” Matthew 20:26b-28 (p.751)

The greatest among you must be a servant.” Matthew 23:11 (p.754)

  • Jesus Came To Serve. So Will I.
  1. Use my freedom to serve.

“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. Serve.

“Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?” James 2:20 (p.931)

  1. Support others who serve.

You will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8b (p.830)

“You have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.” Philippians 4:14 (p.901)

My Next Step:_____ Because Jesus came to serve, so will I.

(NOTE: If you are not already serving, we will help you find a place to serve.)

Discussion/Groups GuideFrom the Weekend Talk of January 23-24, 2021
One Voice One Purpose – Part 5: So Will I

Lif­e Groups use these questions to go deeper into what we talked about this weekend. Dig into them so you will be ready for the discussion at your Life Group. If you are not in a Group, find out more at

You can also use this guide to discuss the Talk with your family or friends.

Conversation Starters

  • Describe a bad or funny experience you have had with less than stellar customer service.
    • How did you answer Pastor Steve’s questions:
      • Does our culture value serving or being served?
      • Who have you known who is/was a great example of serving—a person with a servant’s heart?
      • What makes you think of that person?

Qui­­ck Review

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

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and related Bible verses from this Weekend’s Talk Notes.

Steve challenged us to remember and act on One Thing this weekend:Jesus Came To Serve.” (See Romans 15:8-9a (p.868*); Matthew 20:20-28 (p.751*); and Matthew 23:11 (p.754*))

  • In Matthew 20 why do you think James and John’s mom asked this question of Jesus?
    • What did Jesus tell “Mom” she was really asking?
    • What was the “bitter cup of suffering” (v. 22)?
    • Jesus says “whoever wants to be a leader” or “first” (or “the greatest” in Matthew 23) must be a servant. Does that mean if you say you don’t want to be a leader you are off the hook from serving?
    • What is a leader? How can you lead, even if you don’t have a “leader” in your “job description?”
    • Based on these passages, who are we to serve?
      • Does Jesus put any limitations on this instruction?

Steve then added one little phrase to the One Main Thing for the weekend: “So Will I.” IE Jesus Came To Serve. So Will I.” He then gave us three key actions to take with regards to serving:

  1. Use my freedom to serve. (Galatians 5:13 (p.893*))
  • What does our culture typically say we should do with our freedom?
    • When have you experienced a great feeling because you served someone?
    • What are some ways we can serve another?
      • Make a list. Think of as many ways as you can.
    • How does your faith influence your freedom?
  1. Serve. (James 2:14-22 (p.931*); Ephesians 2:8-10 (p.896*))
  • How does “saved by faith” in Ephesians 2:8-9 line up with “faith without deeds is useless” in James 2:20?
    • How does Ephesians 2:10 help to reconcile any perceived differences in these passages?
    • Have you ever felt like your faith did not measure up?
    • When does your faith seem most real?
    • How do other people know you have faith?
  1. Support others who serve. (Acts 1:8b (p.830*); Philippians 4:14 (p.901*))
  • How does “Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth” apply to us today?
    • How can you support others in ministry? Be creative!
    • Does supporting others who serve mean that we can simply “hire out” ministry to other people?

Digging Deeper

Read the account that our kids classes read this week about the men who took their paralyzed friend to Jesus. (Luke 5:17-26 (p.785*))

  • Whether this is the first or 101st time that you’ve read this passage, what did you notice?
    • Why would these guys go to such great lengths to help their friend?
    • What did Jesus notice about the friends?
    • What did Jesus do that ticked off the Pharisees and religious teachers?
    • What was the ultimate reaction from the crowd when the paralyzed man jumped up?
    • What lesson(s) from this story can you apply to your life?

Next Step

My Next Step: ___ Because Jesus came to serve, so will I.

  • Use the link on the app or go to your Connection Card at to indicate you are taking this Next Step so that we can pray for you.