The Servant Corner – Study Questions

ASSIGNMENT #1: Write or outline a sermon or sermon series on each of these scriptures:

Mark 8:27-38
What is the result of Jesus carrying his cross?
How is your cross like the cross of Jesus?
What benefit to all comes from your carrying your cross?

What was the message that Satan spoke through Peter?
How do we still hear that message today?
What is the antidote for Satan’s message?

1 Corinthians 12
How many “varieties of working” are there? Can there only be nine?
What is a “manifestation of the Spirit”?
Is it true that everyone has a manifestation of the Spirit?
Is it true that God chooses the form of this manifestation?

How did the Corinthians misuse their gifts?
How did they envy and despise each other?

Is it true that the church is connected, as Paul says in v. 22-26?
In what ways is your congregation like that of 1 Corinthians 12?

Use these “Monroe’s Mountain” study questions to exegete the scripture.

What gets your attention?
What are the main points in the text?

What human needs or problems are addressed in the scripture?

What questions do you have about the text that you would ask a seminary professor?

What solution or hope does the text offer?
What does it say that we need to obey?

What would a camera see if this happened?

Who needs to hear this?
In general – i.e. people who are divorcing:
Specifically – my friend Bill:

What are the actual steps that I would take to implement God’s solution?

What stories or anecdotes or quotes would help illustrate the human need or problem?

What stories or anecdotes or quotes would help us visualize God’s solution happening before our eyes?

Story: a joke or tale, probably fictional
Anecdote: something that happened to me or someone in real life.
Quote: something someone said that is really poetic or meaningful.

Preach your sermons to each other.
Learn new insights from each other.
Share the stories with each other.


Human teenagers discover what sort of work they will do in this life.
Spiritual teenagers are also discovering God’s call for the spiritual work that they will do for God.

Your calling … your missional job for God … will be found at the center of five realities – your SHAPE that is how God has formed you. Your SHAPE consists of your …

Spiritual Gift – how God is manifest through what you do
Heart – what God asks will fit with who and what you deeply care about
Abilities – what God asks will fit with what you are able to do well
Personality – what God asks will fit with how God has prepared your personality
Experience – God will provide you with lots of experience to learn how to do God’s will

For more information on this system of discerning your “gift mix” – or


Or the book: S.H.A.P.E.: Finding and Fulfilling Your Unique Purpose for Life by Erik Rees (This is the book used for the identification of spiritual gifts at Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, where Rick Warren is senior pastor.)

Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.
Key: Origin: Last Revision: 9/7/20.

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