Here is the study guide for John Paul’s latest sermon. Hope you enjoy!

(Date: 27 Nov 2011)  “Movember Movers”            1 Cor 1:3-9; Mark13:24-37

  1. This Sunday is our Stewardship Sunday it is also Movember Month, when some men (try to) grow their moustaches as a way of raising awareness of men’s cancer and raising funds for cancer research. Stewardship and moustaches have a couple of things in common. Like the thickness of men’s moustaches, the gifts we have been given by God are not in our control. We cannot increase the growth of our moustaches but we can manage the moustache we have been given. It can be trimmed, combed, even coloured. We can manage and steward the moustache gift (or lack thereof) we have been given! Stewardship Sunday focuses us on the things we have influence over, the gifts we are accountable for and can steward in a way that glorifies God and increases our investment in the kingdom of God: our time, out talents and our treasure. Do you plan how you will use your gifts for God’s glory? How can you be intentional about using these three gift areas as a steward of God?

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Leader’s Guide:

Have members think about their VISA statements. How many of their purchases had a kingdom element last month? Make up a list of what you do in the coarse of a regular week. How much time have you planned to spend with God? How do you have a relationship with someone you hardly spend any time with? What are your obvious gifts? Latent gifts? Invisible gifts? What ways can you find to use these in a way that intentionally offers them back to God?

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  1. A steward, or slave, as Jesus expresses the word in our gospel story this week, does not own the things he or she is steward over. They belong to the master or boss. Saint Paul says, in his first letter to the church in Corinth “in every way you have been enriched (Christ Jesus), in speech and knowledge of every kind- just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you- so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of tour Lord Jesus Christ…”. Are time, talent and treasures spiritual gifts? What is a non-spiritual gift?

 

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Leader’s Guide:

What difference does it make if you think of your “stuff” as not yours but belonging to Someone else? How does it affect the way you see your possessions? Use your possessions? Do you think Saint Paul was exaggerating or just talking to the Corinthians about having all the spiritual gifts? Do you think he could be talking about all believers in Jesus? Could he be talking about you? To you? When the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, what did that make our human flesh? What does a non-spiritual person look like? How can a being made in the image of God who is Spirit not be spiritual?

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Daily Prayer for Advent

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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