GET ACQUAINTED: Who do you like getting phone calls from? Who do you dislike getting phone calls from?
SCRIPTURE: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 ) & “My prayer is that light will flood your hearts and that you will understand the hope that was given to you when God called you. Then you will discover the glorious blessings that will be yours together with all of God’s people!” (Ephesians 1:18-19 )
Open your gathering with prayer. This is only a guide.
Feel free to select the points you want to discuss and adapt them to your needs.
OBSERVATION: The Bible is filled with the stories of God calling people, how they answered, and what God’s purpose was for them. We all have a calling; a purpose that God has for our lives. Your calling is not your job, which is temporary. Your calling is a permanent purpose that God gave you even before you were born. It is connected to others in the body of Christ. It is not something done by your own power, but through the skills, resources, and power that God gives you. Your calling will always glorify God. As we begin this series, we first discuss the truth that God has a calling for every person.
- “… who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works buts because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began …” (2 Timothy 1:9 ) We all agree that our calling is a gift from God, but what is that calling (2 Timothy 1:11 ) What does pressure have to do with us not fulfilling our calling? Read 2 Timothy 1:10 . How would Pauls’ reminding Timothy of the Gospel’s content help Timothy not to be ashamed?
- “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10 ) What is the relationship between grace and good works? Individually share what good works God is calling you to do. What will you have to do in order to make yourself into a useful “tool” for the Lord? Where in your local church and your community do you see yourself doing “good works”? What steps will you take to begin your good works and when will you start?
- “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5 ) How does knowing that God has holy plans for you help you discard your own plans and turn your life over to Him? What does that look like in your life?
- “I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born!” (Isaiah 44:2 ) You are deeply loved; so much so that God cared about you even before you were born. Going forward, how will you live life differently knowing God created you for a unique mission; one that only you can accomplish?
- “By calling me into his service, Jesus has judged me trustworthy, even though I used to be a blasphemer and a persecutor and contemptuous. Mercy, however, was shown me, because while I lacked faith, I acted in ignorance.” (1 Timothy 1:12-13 ) [NJB] Paul was a terrorist – a persecutor – yet God chose him to become a champion of the faith, even to the point of writing most of the New Testament. How does the story of Paul challenge you to answer God’s call to service? Knowing that God never wastes what happens in our lives, what excites you most about God’s call in your life?
Digging Deeper (optional application questions)
- Who do you know that needs to hear the message: “Your sins and mistakes don’t change your call?” Make them a matter of prayer and ask the Lord to give you an opportunity to speak hope into their lives. You may even want to share 1 Timothy 1:12-13 with them.
- Make a list of your spiritual gifts, natural abilities, past experiences (bad and good), what you are good at doing and enjoy doing. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Being honest about these will help you determine what it is that God created you to do for Him. You may want to make an appointment with Pastor Ruben to help you unravel your findings.
Prayer: “God our Creator, you have called each one of us into your family for a purpose. We ask that you would reveal that purpose to every person here. Give each of us the courage to respond to your call, to follow your ways, and to rest in the knowledge that you will empower us for the work You have called us to do. May all we do be for Your glory. In Jesus name. Amen.”