Bearing One Another's Burdens!
2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load.
9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:2-5; 9-10, ESV)
2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
5 For each will have to bear his own load.
9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
"Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 11:29, ESV)
"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31, ESV)
10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10, ESV)
Week 3 - Bearing One Another’s Burden
As a group, how would you say that we (humans) handle “commitment”?
As a group, how would you say that we (humans) handle serving others?
So, if we typically don’t handle “commitment” or “serving” very well; how do you think we would be at committing our lives to service?
Today in lifegroup, we will study an example of a man (Peter) who initially, was not willing to commit his whole life to service. He had reservations about what JESUS was calling him to do. It is important to know that Peter was a man of Faith and did eventually commit his life to service. We don’t want to slander one of the heroes of our faith, but it is important to learn from Peter’s mistakes…he certainly did!
Read as a group Mark 8:27-38, v31:
1. Who is “them” mentioned in v31?
2. What is Jesus doing in v27-30?
3. So why, after revealing His identity, does JESUS tell them that HE must suffer and die?
4. What is the importance of the reference to the Resurrection in v31? v32:
5. What does it mean that JESUS, “spoke plainly about this”?
6. Peter’s rebuke of Jesus is very shocking and very bold! Why was Peter rebuking Jesus?
A commitment to service will cost you your lifestyle!!!!!!! And Peter wasn’t looking for a lifestyle change.
7. Why does this passage mention that JESUS looked at His disciples before rebuking Peter?
8. Look at the way Jesus responds to Peter. Why does JESUS respond so strongly?
9. In v34 Jesus resumes His original message after being interrupted by Peter (v32) and corrects the situation (v33). Who do you think Jesus is talking about in v35?
The cross of CHRIST stands as the most selfless act of service this world has ever seen! It occurred with a level of commitment that has never been and will never be matched. CHRIST set the example for what commitment to service looks like and how you truly begin to build a Church--through selfless and sacrificial service. He has called us to follow in the example that HE has set for us (v31, 34).
This passage demands a response from every professing believer! Are you willing to commit your life to the Service of GOD, His Church, and His People? Or, like Peter in this passage, would you rather hold on to your lifestyle?