Grace-Fueled Compassion

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We live in an entitlement driven society. The pervasive "me-ism" of our culture promotes what "I" want above all else. However, this view of self runs counter to the truth of the gospel. Afshin Ziafat, Lead Pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, TX, explains how consistently communicating a proper view of the gospel to your church dethrones the myth of personal entitlement, unleashing your people to share with others about the grace and forgiveness God has shown them.


What are some examples of "me-ism" and entitlement that you have seen among the people in your ministry? In yourself? How does such a mindset correlate to a lack of evangelistic zeal and diminished compassion for others?
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What lies are you believing when you buy into the false promises of "me-ism" and entitlement? What greater promises does the truth of the gospel offer?
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Afshin noted that when we remember that we were an enemy before God saved us, we look at people differently—showing them love and grace and forgiveness. So, the gospel of grace not only changes your view of self, but how we view others. 

Describe a particular time when reflecting on the grace God empowered you to be a conduit of His grace to others. How can you use personal stories of grace-engendered compassion to encourage those you lead?
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Afshin described continually putting the gospel and the grace of Jesus Christ before his congregation. What does this look like in the context of a weekly worship service at your church?
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"Continually remembering what we were saved from will engender compassion for others who don't know Jesus and will drive your people to live out the gospel."