There were several moments in my life where I felt the call of God to go and do something for His kingdom. Each of them were unique in their own ways, each one had a different emotion attached to them, each one had a fear attached to them, each one made me feel alive. There was 7th grade when I was at CIY Believe, the song playing was Fire Fall Down by Hillsong United (still a banger), and for the first time I felt like ministry could be one of the most exciting things I could do. (Continue Reading Here)
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28
Connect: Luke 5:1-11
- After reading the essay, are you able to put into words what God has called you to do with your life?
- How did Simon react to Jesus’ request?
- Why did Simon say “Go away from me?” to Jesus?
- What did Jesus mean when he said “you will fish for people?”
- How do you react when God’s instructions don’t make sense to you?
- Are you living for your purposes or for God’s purposes for you?
- Will you be obedient to God in the small things? If so, how will your life change?
TUESDAY, MARCH 1
Connect: 1 Samuel 3
- What were Eli and Samuel doing when God called Samuel? Does God still speak to people when they sleep?
- Why do you think it took Samuel so long to recognise the Lord?
- Can you summarize, in your own words, what God told Samuel?
- 1 Sam 3 describes God’s call on Samuel’s life. What lessons can you draw from this passage about hearing God’s call on your life?
- What are the dangers of living in continuous disobedience to God’s will?
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2
Connect: 2 Corinthians 5
- What is the earthly tent Paul refers to in verse 1? Why does Paul call it a tent? How would it be destroyed? What does the eternal house in heaven refer to? What are the differences between the tent and the building from God?
- What does verse 8 mean?
- What is the judgment seat of Christ? What will happen there? Will Christians be judged? How can we reconcile this verse with the knowledge that believers in Jesus are forgiven from their sins and that he took our punishment already?
- How does 2 Cor. 5:20 define/describe your calling?
- How can you apply the statement “we live by faith and not by sight?”
- What is something you can do to build God’s kingdom this week?
THURSDAY, MARCH 3
Connect: Luke 5:1-11
- What was unusual about what Jesus asked Peter to do? Why did Jesus tell him to drop his nets in the same place where he had caught nothing?
- What did Peter do? What did he drop besides the net? What happened after Peter dropped the nets?
- What did Peter tell Jesus? How did Jesus respond?
- When you think of a person who is called by God, what or who comes to mind?
- Share about a time when you think God was speaking to you. Do you think God ever calls and we don’t hear him or we refuse to respond? What would keep a person from hearing God’s voice?
- What are some of the mechanisms God could use to speak to us?
FRIDAY, MARCH 4
Connect: 1 Peter 2
- After reading verses 1-3, What is the “therefore” there for? Based on the previous verses, what is the motivation for putting aside these evil things such as malice and slander? Why do you think Peter uses the comparison of a baby desiring milk? How does verse 3 connect with verse 2?
- Read verses 4-8: Why is Jesus referred to as a living stone? And how are we living stones? In what way are we priests? What sacrifices can we offer that are pleasing to God? Why does verse 8 say that Jesus is a rock of offense and a stone of stumbling?
- How are believers described in verse 9? How does that make you feel? How does this challenge you? How should we act based on this verse?
- What motivates people to practice deceit and envy and slander?
- What are some things that keep us from desiring the Word as we should?
- What is a cornerstone? Is Christ the cornerstone/foundation of your life? If we want to examine what is the foundation of our life, what could we look at?
- How does verse 9-10 help determine your calling?
SATURDAY, MARCH 5
Connect: Romans 12
- What does it mean to present our bodies as living sacrifices? How is this worshiping God?
- What does it mean to be conformed to this world? Why should we not be like the world?
- Where do our gifts come from? Who has them? Why does the word grace appear here? What is the difference between spiritual gifts and natural talents? What other passages speak of spiritual gifts? What is their purpose? What does this imply about what Christians are to be doing? How does this relate to the first part of Romans, which teaches Christians what we are to know?
- What is the purpose of weeping with those who weep? What quality does this portray?
- When is it ok to pay back evil for evil? Verse 17 tells us to do what is right in the eyes of others. Why do we need to do this? Aren’t we supposed to do what is right in God’s sight? Why does vengeance belong to God?
- Are you tempted to try to be like or be popular to those around you in the world? Why? Name one way the world tries to press you into its mold. In what area does the world try to press Christians into its mold? Name a few key issues where the world’s way of doing things is very different from God’s way. Since there is temptation and peer pressure all around us, what is the solution so that we won’t be conformed to the world? How can we renew our minds? What does it mean to prove what the will of God is?
- What should we do if we try to reconcile or be peaceful with someone else, and they won’t have any part of it?
- How can we overcome evil with good? Biblical examples?
SUNDAY, MARCH 6