Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on February 8, 2015:
- SUNDAY: Luke 14,
- MONDAY: 1 Corinthians 1,
- TUESDAY: Matthew 20: 1-28,
- WEDNESDAY: John 13: 1-17,
- THURSDAY: Romans 12,
- FRIDAY: Proverbs 11, Psalms 25,
- SATURDAY: Philippians 2 ,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Empowered by His Presence Sermon Title: Empowered by a Call and a Mission
Delivered On: February 1, 2015
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
Ask God to help you notice the people around you, extend actions of service, and speak to them about the love and grace of Jesus. Confess where you have been too focused on your own goals and mission and have missed the exciting plan God has for you each day.
Mission Trip: Think back on a mission trip you went on and reflect on why your heart was so engaged and why you were so willing to notice, help, and speak in the name of Jesus. Seek to have this same attitude every day of the coming week, wherever God sends you. If you have never been on a mission trip (away from where you normally live), consider doing this.
Growth Group Discussion
Tell about a time you sensed God’s call or leading in your life. How did this clarify your awareness of God’s vision for your life?
Watch: Session 4— "Propelled Onward by the Call and Mission of God” on the Empowered DVD.
In the DVD story you learned about how Sherry finished an advanced theology class and said to herself, “I am glad I will never have to take another class like that.” Years later, God called her to undertake a Master’s degree in theology. Tell about a time when God called you to do something that surprised, stretched, or even scared you. How did your faith deepen as you followed God on this journey?
What are some of the ways God speaks to us and directs us toward his mission for our life? How can we get ourselves in a posture and place where we can hear from God and grow in confidence that we are following his call for our life?
Read: Isaiah 6:1-8.
What prepared Isaiah to hear and follow God’s call? How did Isaiah respond to the leading and mission of God?
Read: Genesis 12:1-5.
What do you learn as you watch Abraham following God with limited instructions and details? What helps you follow God, even when you don’t have the whole trip mapped out in advance?
How has following the mission and call of God on your life brought greater joy, deeper meaning, or a more profound connection with Jesus?
Share a lesson of empowerment through God’s clarifying call to a life mission that you have learned as you read section three of the book or the Bible passages provided for your reading. Tell about one of the biblical stories of being called to a mission that impacted you (Paul, Isaiah, Abraham, Esther, Mary, or Jesus). How did this story inspire you to listen for God’s call and follow his mission for your life?
Tell your small group about some call or mission of God that you have felt called to follow but have not yet acted on. How can they pray for you, encourage you, and keep you accountable to take a next step of obedience toward this mission?
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