Battleship Part 2 – Fit for Purpose
This Sunday, Rob lea brings us the latest of our short video talks. Once you have watched the video, we encourage you to reflect on the bible text and join us in the prayer that follows below.
To listen to the talk click here.
Matthew chapter 22, verses 36 to 40 (NIV)
‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’
Jesus replied: ‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’
Prayer & Reflection
Lord God, we often pray that your will is done in our life, and in doing that, that your purpose will be achieved. In Psalm 119:73 we read, “You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands.”
We thank you Jesus that you gave us precise and unambiguous commands, a clear purpose for our life when you said that we should love God with everything we have, and that we should love other people as much as we love ourselves. We also thank you that to enable us and guide us to be fit for that purpose, you have given us the Holy Spirit.
In the days, weeks and months ahead, we ask that you do indeed give us the sense to follow these commands. Amen
Questions to Consider
1. Over the past few months, during the Covid-19 Pandemic, have you felt that each week has been difficult to get through, and have you felt confused and purposeless? If yes, what are the reasons for that?
2. Would you honestly say that Jesus is the centre of your life; that he really is in charge – the ‘Captain’? If yes, how is that expressed and revealed in your life?
3. Over a period of 1500 years, the original 10 commandments were expanded to more than 600. What do you think were the reasons for that? Do you think that more rules and regulations provide more clarity of purpose or more confusion?
4. Are you able to state your purpose in life in a few sentences? If no, have you ever tried to do so? How does it compare or relate to, “we exist to love God, love people and grow together to become more like Jesus”?
5. What would people who you know, affected by recent events, say about you? Have you been like a lifeline, or more like a weight dragging people down? Can you give some positive examples?
6. 6. If you have accepted Jesus as your saviour, are you motivated by love in the power of the Holy Spirit? What do you think Jesus would say about you – fit for purpose?