The Purpose of Servants Meetings
1. Unity – Spiritual unity is a major component of service. Jesus met with his disciples often in the Upper Room. Also, we read in Acts 1:14, “They continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.” This is a key verse for unity in service. Also, in Acts 2:1, we read, “When the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were with one accord in one place.” These two verses serve as model verses for unity in our service.
2. Spiritual Growth – An important aspect of our service life is to grow spiritually. Servants meetings facilitate individual as well as group spiritual growth. When we grow spiritually together, we serve with one mind and one spirit, and this is critical in service. St. Paul sums this point up beautifully in Philippians 2:2-3, when he says, “fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”
3. Knowledge – An important aspect of Servants meetings is to increase our spiritual and Biblical knowledge, as well as our knowledge about the Church. St. Paul emphasizes this point in Hebrews 5:12- 14, when he says, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only in milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
4. Solving Problems – Praying about Sunday school issues and problems together and discussing problems together has a much more positive result and impact than trying to solve them on our own. Group prayer is very powerful in problem solving and in keeping the devil away from interfering in our service life. St. Paul again emphasizes this point in Philippians 4:6-7, when he says, “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”