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The Nature of Sacrificial Service

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I. Sacrificial service should be a source of joy. (Vv 17-18)

2 Corinthians 12:15 NASB95
I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less?
2 Corinthians 12:15 NASB95
I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less?
2 Corinthians 7:4 NASB95
Great is my confidence in you; great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort; I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction.

II. Sacrificial service is seeking the spiritual welfare of others. (Vv 19-24)

1 Corinthians 10:33 NASB95
just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.

III. Sacrificial service involves a willingness to take risks. (Vv 25-30)

Big Idea: Sacrificial service is joyfully taking risks for the spiritual welfare of others.

Study Guide
Why should believers have joy in serving others, even it if is costly? Why should believers rejoice in the sacrificial service of others?
Timothy was a good example of someone who showed concern for others. What are key differences between false and genuine concern? Why is genuine concern for others an important trait for ministry?
What do you think Paul meant by his statement in verse 21, “all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ”?
What do you think Paul meant by his statement in verse 21, “all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ”?
If every member of our church would seek Christ’s interests first, what sort of impact would that priority have on our church and community?
If every member of our church would seek Christ’s interests first, what sort of impact would that priority have on our church and community?
Spend a minute reflecting on which of your actions this week demonstrated that you are placing others’ interests ahead of your own. Which demonstrated that you are placing your own interests first?
Spend a minute reflecting on which of your actions this week demonstrated that you are placing others’ interests ahead of your own. Which demonstrated that you are placing your own interests first?
How do we see Epaphroditus having the attitude of Christ Jesus?
How might our actions of faithful humility open doors for sharing the good news about Jesus, and how can we seize those opportunities?
How might our actions of faithful humility open doors for sharing the good news about Jesus, and how can we seize those opportunities?
How does Epaphroditus show that his interests were the interests of Christ? How does He show humility in service?
Leader’s Notes: Epaphroditus was also a servant to Paul, sent on behalf of the Philippian church. In his mission of the work of Christ, he came close to death. He risked his life for the ministry, following closely in the steps of Jesus Christ who gave His life for the sake of sinners to be saved.
Leader’s Notes: Epaphroditus was also a servant to Paul, sent on behalf of the Philippian church. In his mission of the work of Christ, he came close to death. He risked his life for the ministry, following closely in the steps of Jesus Christ who gave His life for the sake of sinners to be saved.
How might our actions of faithful humility open doors for sharing the good news about Jesus, and how can we seize those opportunities?
How might our actions of faithful humility open doors for sharing the good news about Jesus, and how can we seize those opportunities?
How might our actions of faithful humility open doors for sharing the good news about Jesus, and how can we seize those opportunities?
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