Theme: Our relationship with God and with one another in the church is dependent on our taking part in sharing the love and grace of God rather than focusing on our control or getting our way.
Purpose: The congregation will consider their particular role of ministry versus falling into distractions.
Scriptures: Isaiah 9:1-4 God will shine a light to all people which will lead to hope and celebration.
Matthew 4:12-23 Jesus calls the disciples to be “fishers of men.”
Why did the disciples choose to follow Jesus? What does it mean for us to follow Jesus and to be a disciple? How does our need to serve God by using our particular gifts affect our relationships with Christ and with other Christians? How does our need to offer light into darkness differ from proselytizing or telling people what to believe? What is the joy of serving God (isn’t it work)? How do we enter into a relationship in which we are part of the light rather than serving obligations to do work for God?
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