Motivated: Motivated by Sending

May 19, 2024


Being unmotivated is one of the worst feelings. You don’t feel like getting up, you don’t feel like trying anymore, you just don’t feel like it. Paul wrote two letters of inspiration and encouragement to help inspire a group of new believers to keep going and keep growing. A series of encouragement and challenge, we take the next eight weeks to unpack these two exceptional God-inspired words of motivation. This week, we are motivated by being “called” and being “sent.”

In light of this week’s message, we encourage you to consider these questions and dig in a little deeper with your personal study, with your family, or with your small group.

Dig-In Questions:

  1. Get to know you/icebreaker question: What is the most significant or most challenging request you have ever been asked to do?
  2. Have you ever wondered if I am “called” for a specific ministry?  What do you think that term means to be “called”?  Consider this quote from A. W. Tozer, “Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry. It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular; it is why he does it.”
  3. Read Ephesians 4:11-12 and Isaiah 6:8.  How do these passages affirm the equipping, calling, and sending of “God’s people to do his work and build up the church?”
  4. Timothy lived out this calling.  Read 2 Tim. 1:1-5; 1 Cor. 4:17; Phil 2:19, and 2 Tim. 2:15. Discuss how Timothy was being “called” and being “sent.”  
  5. Read 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13.  We see four different ways Timothy was sent.  He was sent to Share (v 1-2a), Strengthen (v 2b), help in their Struggles (3-4), Supply Love (v 12-13).  How was Timothy living out the calling of Ephesians 4:11-12?
  6. How is God and the church calling you, and how are you being equipped “to do his work and build up the church?”  If in a group, affirm one way you see God’s gifts in one another and ways we can use those gifts to do his work and build up the church.

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