June 27, 2021 (John David, NorthBridge Elder) – (Romans 12:1)

Message Big Idea – Why do you do the things you do for God? Our motivation comes not from our hard work or intelligence. It has nothing to do with what we deserve. Our motivation for serving is an expression of gratitude for all God has done for us. So we selflessly and sacrificially live our lives fully to Him, knowing that living for Jesus not only makes an eternal difference for us, but it impacts and changes the world!

Reflect on the following sequence of questions. If you are doing this with others, share your responses with them.

LEAN IN >> Think about it.

  • What are you grateful for this week? What are you struggling with?
  • What motivates you in your life right now? (Don’t get over-spiritual right away with this question. Maybe it’s a goal to eat right, or to run a 5K, or read a book, or spend more time with a friend, etc.)

LOOK DOWN >> Read the following passages and discuss or reflect on the  the corresponding questions:

  • Read the following verses in Paul’s letter to the Romans:
    • 3:10-12; 3:23; 5:1; 6:23; 8:1; 8:22-23; 8:31-32; 8:35, 8:38-39
  • Briefly recap these passages in your own words.
  • What words or phrase “jumped off the page” and intrigued you the most?

LOOK OUT >> Connect the world of the Bible to our culture.

  • What are some improper motivations people often have when serving God? (Responses may include – attention; pride; insecurity; impress others; etc.)
  • Paul calls us to “offer ourselves a living sacrifice to God…”. Do you know anyone who, in your opinion, serves selflessly and wholeheartedly like that? Explain.

LOOK IN >> Go straight to the heart of the matter.

  • If you were to fully offer your whole self to God, motivated by his mercies, what is God asking you to say ‘no’ to and what is he asking you to say ‘yes’ to?

LIVE IT OUT >> Put it into action.

  • Based on where you are at right now, what is your next step in following Jesus?
  • What is one thing God seems to be asking you to do in response to this passage? Who can you tell about this “I will” statement in the next 48 hours?