Scripture: Revelation 21:5

1. Read Rev. 21:5 & Ps. 23:5.  How do these verses affect your daily life as you think about our vision as a church to "renew neighbors, neighborhoods and cities through Jesus."

2. Read John 4:11.  Discuss Jonah's reluctance to be about the spiritual renewal of Nineveh.  Why was Jonah reluctant to share God's love?  Why are you reluctant to share God's love?

3.  Read Jer. 29:7.  What did it look like for the Israelites in Exile to seek the peace (meaning shalom--a wellness of being in every area of the city) of the city of Babylon?  What does it look like for you to seek the shalom of the city of San Diego through your work? 

4.  Os Guinness discusses the importance of understanding our calling to renew the city through the lens of our primary calling (to God) and our secondary calling (to work).  Discuss either a challenge that you face when it comes to a sense of calling or a story of how understanding and living out your calling is going really well (i.e. a grace renewal story about calling).



Calling is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion, dynamism, and direction lived out as a response to his summons and service.  In other words, those two words of Jesus Christ–“Follow me”–changed the world as millions since have risen up to follow His call. 

Our PRIMARY CALLING as followers of Christ is by him, to him, and for him. First and foremost we are called to Someone (God), not to something (such as motherhood, politics, or teaching) or to somewhere (such as the inner city or Outer Mongolia).

Our SECONDARY that everyone, everywhere, and in everything should think, speak, live, and act entirely for God. We can therefore properly say as a matter of secondary calling that we are called to homemaking or to the practice of law or to art history. But these and other things are always the secondary, never the primary calling. They are "callings" rather than the "calling." They are our personal answer to God's address, our response to God's summons. Secondary callings matter, but only because the primary calling matters most.

Os Guinness--The Call