Ephesians 4:1 (NLT) Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.
Isaiah 6:1-8 (NLT) 1 It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. 2 Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” 4 Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke. 5 Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7 He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.” 8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”
Job 42:5-6 (NIV) My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.
Isaiah 6:9-12 (NIV) 9 He said, “Go and tell this people: ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ 10 Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” 11 Then I said, “For how long, O Lord?” And he answered: “Until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitant, until the houses are left deserted and the fields ruined and ravaged, 12 until the LORD has sent everyone far away and the land is utterly forsaken.”
Ecclesiastes 1:13; 2:1; 3-11, 13-14 (NIV) 13 I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven! …1 I thought in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless…3 I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly. I wanted to see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven during the few days of their lives. 4 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. 5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. 6 I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. 7 I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. 8 I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers, and a harem as well–the delights of the heart of man. 9 I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. 10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun…13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
Ephesians 4:15-16 (HCSB) But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head — Christ. From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.
Ephesians 2:17 (NCV) Christ came and preached peace to you who were far away from God, and to those who were near to God.
Are you living up to the “calling” you have received? In your work? Your home? Your relationships? Your church? Why or why not?
Read Isaiah 6:1-8. Imagine you are Isaiah. What do you tell a friend about what you saw, heard, felt, etc. in Verses 1-4? What makes Isaiah despair for his life and confess his sin?
How is your experience with God like Isaiah’s: Awestruck? Guilt-ridden? Cleansed? Are you willing to serve anywhere, anytime? God’s holiness and universal reign awed Isaiah. Which of God’s attributes most impress and impact you? Why?
Share your “God-quake” experience with your group. Where were you? When? What did you think, feel, see, experience? Do you refer to that moment to help get you back on track when you need it? Or to remind you of God’s glory and sovereignty when you begin to see him as “everyday” or “normal”?
As Shane talked about a “self-quake” what did you think about the idea that our self-image is deconstructed and reconstructed all at the same time? As you evaluate yourself today, what areas still need some de-/re-constructing? Who can you share this with as an accountability partner to help you in this?
Look again at the passage from Ecclesiastes. What areas of your life are you taking too seriously or are you pursuing in search of fulfillment? For what have you “toiled to achieve” and what do you have to show for it? What would you like to be remembered for after you are long gone? Do your current values and priorities reflect that? What needs to be turned upside down?
Write out this quote and post it where the whole family can see it (refrigerator, car dash, bathroom mirror, etc.). “We love an invisible God by loving a visible neighbor.” Talk about why we reach out to others and how we can all become useful to God’s kingdom (point 3). Discuss what each of you can do to serve others in your everyday life (kindness, helpfulness, patience, friendship, etc.). The next day have each person share how they were able to “love a visible neighbor.”
NorthPointe Community Church
Meets every Sunday
8:00am 9:30am 11:15am 5:30pm
Wednesdays at 6:30pm