Sept 5 – Sept 11

Weekly Reading for Sept 5 – Sept 11

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: The Forgotten Art
Sermon Title: The Forgotten Art of Fellowship

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on September 12, 2021:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: The Forgotten Art
Sermon Title: The Forgotten Art of Hard Work
Delivered On: September 5, 2021


Memorize and Reflect

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…

Prayer Direction

Take time to thank God for whatever work He has given you to do (in school, in the home, in the market place, anywhere). Ask for the Holy Spirit to give you joy in your work, an awareness that it is a gift, and strength to work hard as if your labor is always for the sake of Jesus…because it is!

“Live It!” Challenge

One Extra Thing – All week long, make a commitment to do one extra thing (small or large) before you stop working. When you are done with your work, pause, pray, and look for one little extra thing you can do. As you are doing it, let Jesus know, “This is for You, Lord.”

Small Group Discussion

  1. Tell about a person in who has been a consistent example of hard work. How has their example impacted your life?

  2. Tell about a person you have known who always seems to cut corners, “phone it in,” and do the least they can (without using their name, please). How do people tend to view a person who approaches work with this attitude?

  3. Read: Genesis 2: What kind of work did God give for Adam and Eve to do in the garden? This is a vision of perfect paradise. Why do you think work was part of the picture and life in paradise?

  4. Read: Colossians 3:23 - What does it mean to do our work (vocation) as if it were for Jesus Himself? How would our work and our attitude toward work change if we really believe what we are doing is for Jesus?

  5. Why do you think some people shy away from giving 100% to their labor and avoid taking on hard work? What do people miss out on when they don’t work hard?

  6. Why does God give warnings against laziness and being a “Sluggard”? What are some of the possible consequences if we become lazy rather than working hard?

  7. Read: 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 - What has happened in our world that causes people to want something for nothing and how does God feel about this? How should Christians and the Church respond to people who choose to be lazy and not pull their weight?

  8. What is a step you can take to work harder, honor God with your labor, and serve Jesus through being an example of diligent and hard work?

  9. If followers of Jesus seek to always work heard and be a good example in their labor, what message can this send to the world and people who don’t take our faith seriously?