Background: Our “me-istic” culture gives us awesome opportunities to shine Jesus’ light and be a savory taste of “other-ism” in caring well for one another and those God brings across our path.
I. What is care?
New Testament words carry idea of being troubled, even worried about the welfare and interests of others, moving one to provide for their need. (I Corinthians 12:18-26; Philippians 2:20; I Timothy 5:8)
Expressed in the 59 “one-anothers” (e.g., love, John 13:34-35; serve, Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 4:10)
II. Why care?
A. Your reasonable response of worship and gratitude to God (Philippians 2:3-11)
B. God commands us (Mark 12:28-31; 1 John 3:17-18)
C. Rewards and punishment are promised for care under our management (Matthew 25:34-46; Luke 6:35; Revelation 22:12)
D. Our good care can lead people to Jesus (Matthew 5:13-16)
III. Obstacles to care?
A. I’m too BUSY.
B. Somebody else will do it.
C. I don’t feel competent. (With God’s help, try something!)
D. What if I enable them or get sucked in to a lifelong obligation?
E. I don’t care.
IV. How can I improve my care?
1) Tell us about someone whose good or bad care for you influenced your view of God.
2) How have you observed or experienced care as a tangible expression of the gospel?
3) Which of the “one-anothers” comes most naturally for you? Which is most difficult? Why?
4) On a scale of 1-10, how grateful do you feel for God’s care for you? How does this motivate you to care for others?
5) What is your biggest obstacle to caring for others? Why? How can we pray for you to overcome it?
6) For what kinds of care has God wired you? How have you expressed them recently?
7) Tell us about a time your care for someone impacted them more than you had imagined.