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"Our Calling" by Pastor Nicholas

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Love Revealed Sermon Series
Our Calling by Pastor Nicholas
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April 22, 2018
Questions: Contact Pastor Ric,

Below are some discussion questions relating to a recent sermon. These are provided so that your Life Group can discuss what was shared. Previous Weeks’ Discussion Guides and Sermon Notes are available through the Sermons under the Resources menu. Click on the sermon series and then the sermon you are interested in.  You will see a paper icon under the sermon title. Click the icon to open the sermon notes. To listen to the sermon click on the speaker icon. 

Texts: Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 19, John 12, Zechariah 9.

  1. What in the sermon this week was troubling, inspiring, convicting, or confusing for you?

  2. Starting in Mark 11, Mark chronicles Jesus’s last week on a day-by-day basis. With Mark 11:1 which begins, “As they approached Jerusalem…” being the first day (We’ll call it Sunday), and Mark 16:2, which begins, “Very early on the first day of the week…” (We’ll call this the next Sunday), can you find all the days in between?

  3. Think about this: Does the church have a mission or does the mission have a church? Why is it important to know which came first?

  4. Do you know your Oikos?  Who are they? Are you praying for them? Spend some time in prayer now for those in your Oikos. Name them. Hold each other accountable for developing relational strategies to keep sharing the Good News with those God has placed in your life.

  5. How well do you know our global partners (missionaries)? As a Life Group, have you adopted a partner single/couple for whom to pray and with whom you regularly communicate? It would be cool for every Life Group at LEFC to be partners with our missionaries.

  6. What is God calling YOU to do? Are you willing to get out of your comfort zone accompanied by "The Comforter” in obedience to His call?
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God is a Missionary God

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Group Discussion Guide


Love Revealed Sermon Series
Our God is a Missionary God by Dr. Ed Scheuerman
Choose the best question(s) for your group

April 15, 2018
Questions:  Contact Pastor Ric, 

Texts: Psalm 29:2; Psalm 96:3; Revelation 7:9; Genesis 12:1-4; Genesis 22:15-18; Genesis 26:4; Genesis 28:14; Romans 4:16-18; Galatians 3:7-9; Psalm 67; Joshua 2:8-11; Psalm 46:10

1. How do you feel about God’s wanting glory for Himself? Why is it okay for God to be self-centered?

2. Read Genesis 12:1-3. If you were Abram (soon to be called Abraham), what emotions would you be feeling? What challenges do you think the nation of Israel faced with the knowledge that God chose them to be His chosen nation?

3. Psalm 67 is often referred to as a missionary psalm. What do you see in this psalm that indicates that God’s purpose for Israel was not for themselves but for Him?

4. Todd Ahrend (in his book the Abrahamic Revolution) builds off of John Piper’s illustration (found in his book Let the Nations be Glad!):

a. There are 5 sinking ships, each 5 miles further out from the coast than the other
b. With limited resources, how do we prioritize, strategize our rescue efforts?

i. If our goal is the greatest number, we focus on Boat 1 and then Boat 2, knowing that most of Boat 3 will die and probably all of those on Boats 4 and 5 will die.

ii. If our goal is to save at least some from every boat, we will mobilize rescue efforts to head out to those with the least opportunity to save themselves.
If you have the ability to watch a YouTube clip, here’s a link that will help with this discussion: It’s called “Reaching the Unreached.”

c. How does an understanding of God help define a rescue strategy? And how does this apply to missions efforts around the world?

5. When you think of God’s heart for the world, which of His attributes come to bear?

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