BEFORE YOU GATHER
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Discussion Guide
- If you missed it,CLICK HEREto watch the weekend sermon
- Read Colossians 2:6-8, 3:15-17, and 3:22-25
- Sit in prayerful silence with God for a while, and then ask the Holy Spirit if there is anything that he wants you to share during your group's time together.
Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week's message, here's some suggestions of how your group can invite God into your time together.
As a group, thank God for the specific places where you have been placed to be an influencer and a blessing. Ask God to give you his heart for that place and those people, so that the people there will see what Jesus is like.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Haveeveryone take 30 seconds each to share a phrase or a moment from this weekend's message that is still resonating with them. You also have the option to say "Pass."
Large Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This weekend's message came Colossians 2:6-8, 3:15-17, and 3:22-25. If everyone has a Bible, let's go there together.
- (From Colossians 2:17 and Prem's story) This weekend, Prem told us about how his dad literally "lost the farm" two times, and so his mother discouraged him from taking the risk of starting a business. Thankfully, Prem didn't listen to the voice of fear. With the best of his abilities, and God's gifts of wisdom, strength and provision, Prem is now an executive at a company with over 1,800 employees in many countries. When Colossians 2:17 speaks of doing what we do in God's name/character/authority, how did you see this displayed in Prem's story?
- (From Colossians 3:22-25 and Prem's story) Prem shared about a potential revenue streamwith a newcustomer basethat would have been highly profitable, but detrimental to his employees, because this other markethad a very toxic culture. In the end, Prem chose people over profit. Read Colossians 3:22-25 and talk about what it looks like for us to use our power and authority to protect and provide for our employees, coworkers, and customers.
- (From Colossians 3:15-17 and Tiffany's story) Tiffany shared about what it looks like for her to juggle the responsibilities of being a wife, mother, and Alameda County Sheriff. With all of the tense and dangerous situations that Tiffany faces in the Sheriff's Department, how does her life demonstrate someone who regularly allows the peace of Christ to "rule" in their heart?
- (From Colossians 3:15-17 and Tiffany's story) What is still sticking with you from what Tiffany shared about how husbands can support their wives who work, or what churches can do to support the first responders in their community?
- (From Colossians 3:17 and Kevin's story) The family that Kevin grew up in is comprised of a lot of people who are church workers, and he is working in the tech industry. Kevin believes that the work he is doing in tech is just as valuable and necessary as the work that his family members are doing in church contexts. Read Colossians 3:17, and then discuss how Christians shouldn't be living according to a false dichotomy between work that is "ministry" and work that is "secular."
- What are some matters surrounding yourlife in the workplace where you have not received helpful guidance from Bible teachers?Howhave they given you guidance that ishelpful?
- Is it an advantage or a disadvantage to be a Christ-follower in the workplace? How so?
- (From Colossians 3:17 and Kevin's story) When our conduct and contributions at work are excellent, how are we demonstrating the name/character of Jesus to our coworkers, boss, and/or customers? Have you ever considered that your conduct and contributions are your workplace "evangelism"?
- If you have children, or other "little people" who look up to you, what do you hope that you are teaching them about how a Christ-follower understands and does their work?
MY NEXT STEP INTO A LIFE OF SIGNIFICANCE
Every week, there will be 1 or 2 ways that we can take what God is saying to us through this series, and put it into practice.
If you would like to continue the conversation about living out your faith and your vocation in a holistic way at your workplace, these are a few book recommendations that would provide great conversation for you to have with some other Christ-followers.
- Garden City: Work, Rest, and the Art of Being Human, by John Mark Comer
- Taking Your Soul to Work, by R. Paul Stevens
- Doing God's Business, by R. Paul Stevens
CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week's message, here's some suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
Take time to dedicate yourself to God's purposes with this prayer from Ignatius of Loyola:
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.