Service and Secrecy, By Jan Johnson

Service & Secrecy

by Jan Johnson

Service & Secrecy
  • Length: 63 pages
  • Number of Studies: 6
  • Published: May 29, 2003
  • Imprint: IVP Bible Studies
  • Item Code: 2096
  • ISBN: 9780830820962

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Serving others can be exhausting.

So what is it that motivates you to serve?

It's easy to serve for your own glory--to become wrapped up in your own goodness. Yet God challenges you to serve not out of love for yourself but to develop a Christlike love for others.

In this Bible study guide, Jan Johnson covers the disciplines of service and secrecy. Going deeper in these areas will help you to avoid prideful motivations and to enjoy partnering with God. You learn to "be" even as you "do."

"Jan Johnson gives realistic direction on what we can do to make connecting with God the basis of day to day existence. Such a relationship cannot be handed to us, but we can be led into it by someone who knows the way. She does. She opens a path on which anyone can actually and continuously grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ--anyone, no matter their background or circumstances."

Dallas Willard, author of Hearing God and The Divine Conspiracy


Introducing Service and Secrecy
1. Doing Flows Out of Being - Nehemiah 1:1--2:18
2. Jesus' Heart for Others - Luke 8:26-39
3. Service Transforms the Soul - John 13:1-17
4. The Peril of the Hypocritical Heart - Matthew 23:1-37
5. Secrecy As a Discipline - Matthew 6:1-8
6. Simple, Unpretentious Service - Luke 10:25-37
Guidelines for Leaders
Study Notes


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Jan Johnson

Jan Johnson is the author of over twenty books and more than a thousand magazine articles and Bible studies. A speaker, teacher, and spiritual director, she writes primarily about spiritual formation, social justice, and living with purposeful intentionality. Her books include Meeting God in Scripture, Abundant Simplicity, Hearing God Through the Year (editor), Enjoying the Presence of God, and Spiritual Disciplines Companion.

Jan holds a DMin in Ignatian spirituality and spiritual direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation and lives with her husband in Simi Valley, California.