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Lesson: I Must

Icebreaker

Have you ever gone on a foreign missions trip? If so, what was it like, and what did you learn from it?

Prayer

Thank You, Lord, for allowing us to be Your hands and feet.

Key Scripture

Luke 2:48–49 NKJV, emphasis added: “So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, ‘Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.’ And He said to them, ‘Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?’”

The Big Idea

Jesus was a man on a mission. As early as 12 years old, Jesus talked about being on mission: “I must be about My Father’s business.”

We, too, must realize that we are on a mission. When we understand that, our perspective changes, much like the difference in perspective between taking a vacation and going on a business trip. On a vacation you feel like you must take advantage of seeing the sights and want to be served. But many business trips are focussed solely on meeting with people and accomplishing the goal.

Discussion

Have you ever visited a vacation destination but were so busy working that you did not participate in the vacation activities? How did your perspective affect your time there?

Jesus said, “I must” in response to the following:

Because I’m NOURISHED.

John 4:34 NLT, emphasis added: “Then Jesus explained: ‘My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.’”

Discussion

How do you feel when you help someone? Share with the group.

Because I’m IMITATING.

John 5:19 NLT, emphasis added: “So Jesus explained, ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.’”

Acts 10:38 NLT, emphasis added: “And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.”

Discussion

As believers, we imitate the Son. Have you ever come away from a time of ministry and it dawned on you that just did what Jesus did in the Bible? Share with the group.

Because I’m LIMITED.

John 9:4–5 NLT, emphasis added: “We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Discussion

In this life, we all have only a limited time to minister, but often we do not seem to sense the urgency. Why do you think this happens? What do you consider the task you most need to quickly carry out? What steps could you take to get started on fulfilling it?

Application

Recognize that each of us has an assignment from heaven to accomplish while on earth.

Action Point

Focus on denying yourself this week and looking for a person to help. Pick two people, one to pray for and another that you will get involved and actually help. Consider enlisting others to help. When in doubt, Do the revealed word of God, and God will show you the concealed will of God.

Meet at 8:30 am this Saturday at your campus for LoveLa.

Be ready to serve our community. Close in prayer, asking for any specific prayer requests.

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