Working & Waiting • Central Campus

Getting Started

After reading Luke 18:18-30 and watching the sermon recap video, discuss your relationship with work. In what ways you tend to overwork and/or underwork?

Community Discussion

The big idea from Sunday was that we were created to work with God in a way that demonstrates His gracious care of creation. While Jesus finished the work of redeeming us from sin, the resurrection and ascension point to His continual work in the world. Because Jesus pours out the Holy Spirit upon believers, we serve as the temple of God wherever we go, making the places we go expressions of worship. Therefore, when we enter the marketplace, we bring the worship of God into the marketplace. Pastor Kurt mentioned three implications from this truth; we are to work, we are to work well, and we are to work well and wait.

We are to work.

How would you describe the difference between work being a curse and the fruit of labor being cursed? What difference does it make in regards to your understanding and application of working?

In what work are you currently engaged that doesn't earn income? 

We are to do good work, well.

How does the following quote apply to your relationship to work?

If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can't be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be the best little shrub on the side of the hill. Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are." — Martin Luther King Jr.

We are to work well, and wait.

The Christian is to focus on treasure in heaven, which means we have an eternal perspective on our work. In what ways do you tend to grow impatient in your work? What would patient waiting look like?

Interactive Exercise

Community Leaders - lease take the time to read this to your group in person, and be sure to provide it to them digitally by posting this on your facebook group or by emailing it. Thanks!

As we were heading into this sermon series, the Pastors and creative team really wanted to provide an interactive element to help encourage the missional living that our church is committed to. Below you’ll find a few instructions to outline an experience we’ve put together that will encourage that endeavor.

1. Reflect on your recent spending habits or on something that you've been wanting to buy for yourself. (What’s in your Amazon wishlist? How many cappuccinos are you buying a week? Are all the avocado toasts starting to put a dent in your “eating out” budget?)

2. Create a list of the things that come to mind and then select one that stands out to you.

3. As you go through the week, take the money you would have spent on that thing and place it in the envelope (or keep a tab on the back of this paper).

4. Reflect and pray through ways that you can repurpose that money for Kingdom growth. You do NOT have to give it to Missio (we’d actually prefer that you don’t) -- get creative! If you’d like, you can even pool your money with your group to make a larger impact in your neighborhood. (Some examples might be: Take someone that’s been on your heart out to dinner. Buy groceries for a struggling colleague. Bless a ministry or organization that you’re involved in anonymously.)

5. Share your experience with your Missio Community and with the hashtag #MissioMoney

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