by Dan Lentz
1. If you worked on a cruise ship, which job would you most naturally be suited to do?
• Captain—I like to be in control.
• Steward—I like to make people happy.
• Social Director—I like to have fun.
• Navigator—I like to know where we are going.
Read Isaiah 49:1-7.
2. How does it make you feel to know you were called from birth to impact your sphere
of influence for the Lord (overwhelmed, obligated, inadequate, eager, or something else)?
3. In v. 3 the Lord’s servant says, “I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing.” Have you ever felt this way? Why?
4. How does it make you feel to realize that God can use you to bring his “salvation to the ends of the earth” (v. 6)?
• Excited •Inadequate •Overwhelmed •Eager
5. Given your gifts and temperament, what are some practical ways you can reach out to those with whom you are already in relationship?
6. It is common for long-time Christians to think they have few non-believers in their sphere of influence. To help expand our thinking, make a list of all the FRANs in your sphere of influence. FRANs are Friends, Relatives, Associates, and Neighbors. Write F.R.A.N. at the top of a piece of paper and under each letter write as many names as you can think of that fit each category for you. Begin praying daily for these people, particularly non-believers.
7. Close in prayer, asking the Lord to use your small group to bring some of the people on these lists closer to himself.
T. Daniel Lentz works for Small Group Network in Whitestown, Indiana.