Life Group Discussion Guide

“He who provides the mouths will provide the meat.”

Matthew Henry

This quote has becoming meaningful to Jennifer and myself. I like it because it illustrates an important spiritual truth: God never calls us to something that he doesn’t also equip us to accomplish.

In your small group, think about the ways that God has gifted you to fulfill the different things he has called each of us to do.

  • How has God accomplished the call to salvation?
  • How has call gifted you with the means to fulfill his call to provide for your family?

This week’s sermon focuses on God’s gifting. As Christians, we tend to focus on supernatural spiritual gifts, but neglect the natural talents which are also gifts from God.

I believe that God uses spiritual and natural gifts to allow us to fulfill our callings. 

Discussion Questions

  • Is all work Christian ministry? Why or why not?
  • How does Exodus 31:1-11 change your answer to that question?
  • Have you been guilty of denigrating God’s call on your life because you don’t think it’s “good enough” to be called ministry?
  • What do you believe your spiritual gifts to be?
  • What are some of the things that you are naturally good at doing?
  • Has God used your weaknesses to become strengths in the way that you minister to others?

Prayer Time: 

Many people have experienced loss over the last two months. Loss can include the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, loss of a relationship, loss of a routine, or any other thing that might be of value to life.

The biblical method for grief is communication with God. We do this through prayer and Scripture.

You may wish to try this practice as you pray over things that people have lost:

Open your two hands. In one hand imagine that you are holding the things that you love, in the other hand imagine that you are holding the things that are making you sad. Simply ask God and imagine God taking both of your hands in His hands and holding those things in his hands as well. 

Pray together a song of lament from Scripture. Psalm 6 is a good example.

O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath.  Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.  My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O Lord—how long? 
Turn, O Lord, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love.  For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise? 
I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.  My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes. 
Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.  The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer.  10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.

Psalm 6

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