ENCOUNTER | 07.16.2017 | “The Calling God”

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Breaking Ground

What are five words that you would use to describe your character?

What are five words YOUR FRIENDS would use to describe your character?


The Dig

Read Exodus 3:1-4

Why do you think God chose Moses?

Read Exodus 3:11-15

What did Moses do to necessitate his running away?

What words would you use to describe Moses’ character AT THIS POINT IN HIS STORY?

Is there anything in your life or character that makes you think, “God would NEVER call ME”?

Why or why not?

Read 1 Timothy 1:12-17

How does Paul describe his past?

How does Jesus respond to Paul’s past?

How does Paul respond to God? (v17)

Read more about Paul’s past in Acts 7:54-8:1 and 9:1-5 (he was also known as Saul).

PRACTICALLY, SPEAKING, how do you think it’s possible for Paul to acknowledge his past, and yet at the same time be confident in his calling? How do you think he does it?

Is there anyTHING—or anyONE—that God could be calling you to?

If so, is there any hesitation on your part?

What would it look like if you responded to God’s call?


Getting Out of the Hole

Develop “eyes to see” and “ears to hear.”

Cultivate an awareness of God’s constant presence and invitation. Using simple prayers such as, “Lord, I know you’re here; show me where and how you are working” can help open us up to the “burning bushes” in our lives.