Scripture Reading: Romans 12:121; 1 Corinthians 12:12-18
Memory Verse: “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;” Colossians 1:10
What is the purpose and plan that God has for us in His vineyard—this realization prepares us for service. Bill Gothard says, “Men keep looking for better methods and God keeps looking for better men.” This thought rings forth a truth that is inescapable. God’s plan and purpose include people willing to serve Him! He could call forth stones but He would prefer to use you.
“Behind the closed doors of humanity are bleeding hearts. We must penetrate and find the entrance.” “. . . When crises come into your life, there is one thing you will notice about service—you will have compassion. You want to be where human need is and to meet that need. . . There are times you will want to pull back, but whether you want to or not, you are still going to be pressed on by the Holy Spirit. Once the truth breaks upon the horizon of your spirit, God orders circumstances and puts in motion the elements to crowd you to Jesus.” (7:pp. 62-64)
“As we fit into God’s plan for us, he unfolds exciting and challenging purposes for living. Choosing lesser purposes makes us misfits without true significance—no matter what level of achievement or fame we reach in people’s eyes.” (1:p. 69)
God gives everyone certain gifts so that each person can strengthen the church. And based on God’s mercy, we should use our bodies to serve and obey God, meditate on His truth, and let the Holy Spirit guide and shape our thoughts and behaviors.
- Does God want to accomplish specific purpose(s) in our lives? Ephesians 2:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20.
- Why are these verses still appropriate today? Matthew 9:35-38.
- In the parable of the Talents (Luke 19:11-27), what were his servants ordered to do? Luke 19:13. What does occupy mean?
- Describe the commitment in our own individual calling from God. Mark 8:34-35; Luke 9:23-26; Romans 8:16-17; Romans 12:1.
- What is our greatest purpose in Christian service? Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8. Should this still be the Church’s #1 priority?
- To complete His purpose, does God have specific tasks for each of us? Romans 12:3-8.
- How important is it that each fulfills his task properly? Matthew 25:24-30.
- How important is every task, and a person’s service? 1 Corinthians 12:20-26.
- When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Does this phrase fit into Christian Service? Galatians 6:9-10; Hebrews 10:32-39.
- What does God desire for us? Colossians 1:9-12; 2 Peter 1:5-8.