Sermon Discussion: 5-19-24

DISCUSSION GUIDE | How to Love God | With All Your Strength

Gathering Prayer 

Father, by Your Spirit, please guide us into all truth. Help us to hear and be attentive to Your voice as we work through this study. In the name of Jesus, Your Son, we pray, Amen. 

Opening Questions

  • What part(s) of the sermon stood out to you? 
  • What insights did you gain? 
  • What questions did it raise?

Mark 12:30

  • Reflect on the series so far. What have you learned about loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind?
  • What are some implications of the biblical teachings that strength comes from God (Psalm 118:1-3, Ephesians 3:16, 2 Thessalonians 3:3)? 
  • The Greek word for strength implies ability. What are some strengths in your life?

1 Peter 4:10-11

  • What do these verses teach us about vocation? 
  • How does a Christian understanding of vocation differ from a common understanding of career? 

Martin Luther on Vocation

“The maid who sweeps her kitchen is doing the will of God just as much as the monk who prays—not because she may sing a Christian hymn as she sweeps, but because God loves clean floors. The Christian shoemaker does his Christian duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.

The prince should think: Christ has served me and made everything to follow him; therefore, I should also serve my neighbor, protect him and everything that belongs to him. That is why God has given me this office, and I have it that I might serve him. That would be a good prince and ruler….The same is true for the shoemaker, tailor, scribe, or reader. If he is a Christian tailor, he will say: I make these clothes because God has bidden me do so, so that I can earn a living, so that I can help and serve my neighbor.”

  • Share your thoughts on Martin Luther’s perspective on vocation. How does it resonate with you?

Revelation 4

  • Reflect on the imagery of Revelation 4 and the worship scene described. What does it teach us about our true calling?
  • How can we apply the idea of laying down our crowns in our daily lives? 

Tim Keller on Vocation

“Christians should be aware of this revolutionary understanding of their purpose in the world. We are not to choose jobs and conduct our work to fulfill ourselves and accrue power, for being called by God to do something is empowering enough. We are to see work as a way of service to God and our neighbor and so we should both choose and conduct our work in accordance with that purpose. The question regarding our choice of work is no longer, “What will make me the most money and give me the most status?” The question must now be “How, with my existing abilities and opportunities, can I be of greatest service to the other people, knowing what I do of God’s will and of human need?’” (Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work)

  • What are some ways you see your work (whatever that might look like in this season of your life) being used for God’s purpose and for his glory? 
  • What are some ways you can be more intentional to connect your work to God’s purposes and glory?

Closing Prayer