(For those of you outside my church family, here’s a note of explanation: We are currently doing men’s groups called 42 Days. It’s a six-week commitment of meeting together, daily Bible reading, and reading a book. During this time of 42 Days, we are reading an old classic, Improving Your Serve, by Chuck Swindoll. I will be posting our weekly study questions here on my blog. Feel free to buy the book and study along with us!)
Reading assignment and questions for week of May 13-20.
What are some of the “perils” of your work?
What are some ways your ego gets over-inflated?
Why do we have such an unwillingness to admit we struggle?
Does God really protect us from bad things? How?
Serving is often thankless. How can that lead to bitterness and depression?
Do you still compare yourself to others? Why?
Why is it so hard to confront the sin of others? Why is it a cop out to hide behind our own imperfection?
Why is it important to do things for free?
What are the risks in loving and serving?
What is your motive for serving…really?
How would you describe yourself?
How would others describe you?
Are you a gentle person? Why or why not?
Can servanthood be learned?
What does humility actually look like?
Do you receive as graciously as you give?
Why is it important to receive well and let others serve you?
What do we value about servanthood in the church?
How does serving bring joy?
What are some examples of suffering for doing right?
What is your response to the stories of “real life” persecution? (How does it make you feel?)
How does stress affect you?
How did you score on the stress test? (pgs. 183-185)
What is the purpose in struggle?
Why doesn’t God eliminate bad things?