Pastor Steve Williams : A Calling that Makes a Difference

In it for One Another · 41:28 · Recorded September 18, 2016

A Calling that Makes a Difference

Ephesians 4:1-7 (NLT) “I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all. However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.”

Adding value wherever we are

The PLACE we’re called to be.

The PERSON we’re called to become.

2 Corinthians 2:14 (HCSB) Thanks be to God, who always puts us on display in Christ and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of him in every place.

The POINT our calling will make.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NAS) Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.

Investing for influence & impact

Colossians 4:3-6 (NRSV) “Pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word…that I may reveal it clearly, as I should. Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.”

1. Realize what magic a moment can hold!

Value the interplay of chronos & kairos time.

2. Get fluent in the 5 love languages.

Using spoken words that build up.

Doing practical acts of kindness.

Sharing unexpected gifts or resources.

Making time to be all there for others.

Extending caring touch that is appropriate.

3. Step up wherever God could use you!

Proverbs 24:10, 12 (HCSB) If you do nothing in a difficult time, your strength is limited. Rescue those being taken off to death, and save those stumbling toward slaughter. If you say, “But we didn’t know about this,” won’t he who weighs hearts consider it? Won’t he who protects your life know? Won’t he repay a person according to his work?

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Study & Discussion Questions
  • When you think of the phrase “making a difference,” what comes to mind for you? How do you hope your life can make a difference?

  • Who is someone that made a difference in your life prior to beginning High School? …During High School & College years? …As an adult? What was it about them that you look back on fondly, or with appreciation?

  • Read the passage that’s the basis for this series – Ephesians 4:1-7. What key phrases in this passage seem to “jump off the page” for you as you think about living your “calling.” What parts of your calling have you paid attention to pretty well that this passage highlights? Where do you feel you need to give greater focus?

  • Who is someone that “adds value” in your workplace, to your ministry team or other area of involvement you’re associated with? Why? How does it inspire you to invest yourself?

  • Which of the 5 Love Languages “speaks” most loudly to you? Which do you seem to offer most easily? Which are you really lousy at? As a group, think of examples of Jesus exhibiting each of the 5 Love Languages in moments of ministry.

  • What do you feel God may be prompting you to do as a result of this message or series? How can your group pray for and support you in it?

  • This week, emphasize with your children the importance of serving others. Help them to see the greatness that’s in humbly meeting the needs of others.Share the following quote from Jesus with them this week when you’re together (perhaps at a mealtime) – Mark 10:43, 45 (NIV) “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant …For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Ask your kids if they can think of why Jesus would say that serving is greatness – what’s so great about people who serve others? Memorize this verse together as a family this week. Take opportunities to highlight when those in the family, or outsiders to the family are seen exhibiting service.

  • Freedom Is Here

  • All Because Of Jesus

  • Called Me Higher

  • This I Believe

  • Live It Well

  • Doxology / Amen

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