GET  ACQUAINTED:  What one work activity do you enjoy doing alone.  How about with others?

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.  This week we will look at the last four points Pastor Ruben shared on Sunday.

  1. “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”  (Romans 11:29 ) What is the first thing that comes to mind when you read this verse?  Do you think there are any exceptions to this verse, and, if so, what are they?  Share a verse that supports your answer and share it with your Life Group.  How can the truth of this verse be misused?  What can we do to keep that from happening?
  1. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same functions, 5 so we, though many; are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.”  (Romans 12:4-5 ) What do you believe to be your primary function in the body of Christ (the local church)?  How does your primary function compliment others as you serve together?  Where are you currently using your gifts and talents in a way that is “holy and pleasing” to God?  What is holding you back from using your gifts more fully?
  1. 30 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.  Amen.”  (Hebrews 13:20-21 )  How does God equip believers in general to do His will?  How has He equipped you?  If God has equipped “… you with everything good that you may do his will …”  then why is it hard for us to do it?  Would you say it’s a matter of will more than of knowing His will?  If so, what can you do and what advice would you give someone to correct this behavior?
  1. 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.  You are serving the Lord Christ.”  (Colossians 3:23-24 )  What do you enjoy doing most for the Lord?  What do you enjoy doing for other people?  Is it easy or difficult for you to remember that you are serving the Lord Christ and not just man?  What counsel would you give your Life Group members to help them stay focused on who they are serving?

Going Deeper:

When was the last time your Life Group intentionally served someone outside of your Life Group?  Brainstorm of how you can serve (meet a need) a fellow worker, a neighbor, or a friend as a Life Group.  Put it on your calendar so you will be sure to complete the task God has laid on your heart.  Be sure to share your intentions with Pastor Ruben.

Prayer: “God, we are so thankful that You have asked us to partner with You in ministry.  Thank You for the gifts, talents, and abilities You have given us.  Please help us to not use them just on ourselves or with the people we love and enjoy serving, but even with those we find difficult to love.  Father, as we plan this “outreach” ministry event please guide us.  We want to be a blessing to the person(s) You place on our heart as we serve You by serving them.  We look forward to what You are going to do through us.  One last thing Father, thank You for my Life Group that together we can have a greater Kingdom impact.  In Your name, we pray.  Amen!”