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I am Called

Icebreaker

What do you think first-century Christians might ask us about modern life?

Prayer

Thank You, Father, for bringing us to maturity in Christ.

Key Scripture

“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God” (Ephesians 4:1 NLT, emphasis added).

The Big Idea

We are not called just to make it to heaven, but to successfully make it through life. God destined us to meet certain people and achieve certain things along the way. The Lord graciously gifted us, therefore, to better equip us for what He intended.

God so wants you to succeed that He “fixed the fight,” so to speak. He has given you an “unfair advantage” by empowering you with specific spiritual gifts that make you extremely effective at bringing His plans to fruition. The base-operating system of these tremendous giftings is godliness. By imitating His nature, you allow these powerful attributes to shine forth in your life.

Character is the foundation of calling. Character begins with humility and is expressed through the fruit of the Spirit. Character is driven by love.

Discussion

How does the Lord deal with you regarding your character development? Are you flexible and teachable? Have you ever tried to avoid your calling? Share with the group.

Your gifting will manifest itself in one of these areas:

Apostolic

–leadership, entrepreneurial, pioneering–keyword: action

Prophetic

–sensitive, spiritual, creative–keyword: presence

Evangelistic

–bold, vocal, adventurous–keyword: gospel

Pastoral

–loving, caring, relational–keyword: fun

Teacher

–curious, truth-centered, knowledgeable–keyword: truth

Discussion

After reading this list, which gifting do you think is your gifting? Share with the group.

Discussion

How can you leverage your gift to advance the kingdom? Share with the group.

Application

Recognize the way God has created and gifted you. Be sensitive to the Spirit, and allow yourself to be pruned to produce more fruit.

Action Point

Ask the Holy Spirit to daily correct you and prune you this week. Walk confidently in the natural gifting that God has given you. Recognize that others may not share your gift but see the world through a different lens.

For You, the Leader

  1. Instruct group members to do the following:
    • Pray for and touch base with another member before next week.
    • Invite someone to the group next week and/or to attend a church service with you.
    • Encourage someone this week.
  2. Remind the group about outreach. Find out which outreach will be taking place in the zip code closest to your group and participate. One of the greatest joys of life in Christ is serving others!
  3. What is the next step for each member of your group? Whether it is water baptism, Cultivate, or A-Team/B-Group leadership, encourage them in it. Also encourage all members to read their Bible and pray daily.
  4. Close in prayer, asking for any specific prayer requests.

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“God is looking for somebody He can dream through.”
—-Jonathan Stockstill "Here Comes The Dreamer"