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Chapter 5: Who Are Followers of Christ?

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Questions 5.1:

1. What are some of the roles that God has called people to in your community of followers of Christ?

2. When did you first hear God’s call?

3. In what ways do you see your community valuing holiness?

4. Does your local Christian community belong to a larger organization? Are you connected to other Christians in any way?

Think about your past. How did you become a follower of Christ? How did you become a part of your local Christian community? Do you remember any passion or sense of calling that you might have forgotten about since then?

See if this week you might find an opportunity to tell some of those stories to other people and listen to their stories in return. How do these stories make a difference today?

Questions 5.2:

1. God’s gifts show his faithfulness. How is your community using your gifts as you wait for Jesus’ return?

2. How is God keeping you strong so that you will be blameless on the Day of the Lord Jesus Christ?

3. How does thinking about the Day of the Lord help you to evaluate who you should be today?

4. How has your view of life changed in your lifetime, maybe even recently, to line up more with God’s view?

The day of the Lord really is coming. Sometimes, when we ask each other, "What would you do differently if you knew for sure that Jesus was coming back tomorrow?" the answers we give each other have to do with a complete re-ordering of our lives. But Luke 12:43 points me towards a daily faithfulness to the tasks that God has given each of us today.

 

Notice, this week, how your daily activities look in light of God's eternal plan for redeeming the world. Are there a few changes he might be calling you to make? Does looking at ordinary tasks from that perspective give them new meaning?

Questions 5.3:

1. How much does your Christian community share life together?

2. How does your community fit into the purposes of God in the world?

3. How do the purposes of your community make you different from your neighbors?

4. How does your community cooperate with other followers of Christ to do the work of God in the world?

As Americans we are often taught to think about calling as an individual thing. And, of course, that is part of it. We each have been gifted by God and called to use those gifts within the body of Christ, and in the world. But what about the calling of the Christian community that you are a part of. Does God have a calling on you as a group?

 

Notice, this week, how you might be able to support and/or participate in God's calling for your church or community.

Comments:

Posted by Barbara on
5.1 - My parents were saved and then joined a strict, Plymouth Brethren assembly. The teaching was excellent and my family grew in understanding. One fundamental prinicple of the teaching was submission to the elders and women submitting to men as shown by wearing a headcovering. My mother struggled with this, but my parents thought it was a good idea to stay in this church because they had 5 daughters. I can see that it has helped save several our marriages because we learned to hang in there....but we never felt part of the church community. In fact, my parents let us to go other churches for youth group because they were more fun. So, I didn't really participate in church community until I was married.

5.2 - My husband and I joined a small, struggling church and they were delighted to use my gifts of teaching, organizing and encouragement. My husband taught , preached and counseled. We were in our element and those are fond memories. This church sent us off to seminary for more training. But when we returned, we found that it had split and we needed to move on. Since then, the homeschool community has kept us going.

5.3- While we were raising the kids in our homeschool community, we did everything together and it was a good experience. One thing about a tight community - you get to know everyone's glitches. My kids have various stories to tell about other homeschool families!!!
But now the kids are gone and it's harder to find community. I tend to think of it in the larger sense - going to France and ministering there, joining a ladies' Bible study at another church, fellowshipping with people from various places.....it's all the Body of Christ.
It's very different because it's more fluid, but I support friends who are going as missionaries and pray for my students in their endeavors. Christian community is very large to me right now. There are days when that seems very thrilling and others when I feel lonely and miss the smaller, tighter group.
Posted by Laura J. Hunt on
Thanks! I appreciate your description of the way community has changed for you. I hadn't thought about the way that changes at different stages of our lives, but I've certainly experienced that as well. My current struggle is that my church community and my school communities seem very far apart, so there is sometimes this sense of dislocation as I move from one to the other.
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