Ephesians 4:1 (NIV) “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 (GW) You are loved by the Lord and we thank God that in the beginning he chose you to be saved through a life of spiritual devotion and faith in the truth. With this in mind he called you by the Good News which we told you so that you would obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 4:23-24 (NAS) “True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be his worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Jeremiah 2:5 (TEV) The LORD says: “…They worshiped worthless idols and became worthless themselves.”
Psalm 105:3-4 (NIV) “Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.”
Psalm 56:3-4 (NIV) “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.”
Psalm 34:4-6 (CSB) “I sought the LORD, and he answered me and rescued me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him from all his troubles.”
Psalm 27:13-14 (NKJV) “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!”
Hebrews 13:15 (NIV) Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.
Romans 12:1 (TEV) Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. (MSG) Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.
Colossians 3:17, 22-24 (CSB) Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him…Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. What-ever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people…You serve the Lord Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:9 (TEV) God is to be trusted, the God who called you to have fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:15 (NIV) God has called us to live in peace.
Galatians 5:13 (NLT) You have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
Ephesians 4:4 (NLT) You have been called to one glorious hope for the future.
1 Thessalonians 4:7 (NIV) God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:20-21 (NIV) If you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
1 Peter 3:8-9 (NIV) Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
What would you say is the best phone call with good news you’ve ever received? What if you had ignored or missed it? What’s the biggest difference God’s call to you has made in your life?
Look over the various scriptures from this message outline (See the final page listing as well) that refer to the benefits and responsibilities of our “calling” by God, making a list of them. Which of these speak most deeply to you? Which do you wish you understood better?
Which of Steve’s reminders about the place and power of worship in our lives challenges you the most?
What would you like to remember about having a better attitude & outlook in this next week? Why do you think we’re so susceptible to fears? Did you sense any special promptings or encouragements from God when looking at the scriptures in this message about handling your fears?
What is one thing you wish you could change about your workplace? How do you struggle to offer your “work world” to God as an act of worship? Why do you think our work matters to God?
How will you seek to apply this message this week, and how can your group pray for you about that or assist you in doing it?
Elementary Parents, today kids learned about Worship. Worship is far more than singing. It is anything we do intending to show God we love him. Ask kids who worshiped God in our story. (King David) How did he worship? (He danced before the Lord.) David didn’t care if his behavior was fit for a king or not. He wanted to express his love for God. Our bottom-line today is: God made us to love him.
A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.