Sunday, December 31, 2017 – Writing the Next Chapter of your Life

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Speaker: Don Dyck

Study: Writing the Next Chapter of your Life

Scripture: (all Scripture links go to BibleGateway.com)

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Opening questions for discussion:

  • Some interesting New Year’s Eve and New Year’s traditions and customs from around the world
  • What traditions or customs do you practice, personally and/or as a family?

For reflection and discussion:

  • 1) What is something from this last year (2017) – and event, experience or accomplishment – that you can celebrate?
  • 2) What is something from this last year (2017) – could be a personal failure or bad decision or something over which you may or may not have had control – that you wish had been different, you wish you could change?
  • 3) In both of your answers to the above two questions, how have you seen God at work – or have you seen him at work?
    • For some, depending on your age and experience, it would be profitable to take these questions and expand their application to the last number of years of your life.
  • 4) Now think back to this time, one year ago: how much of what has taken place in this last year of your life could you have anticipated?

Seeing your life as a story to write, read and tell

All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16

Question for reflection:

  • How will this next chapter of your life (2018) unfold?
    • God puts the pen in your hands but wants to coauthor your life story
    • A danger we all face
      • getting trapped in past successes as well as past failures, settling for the life we know instead of going after the life to which God calls us

Life Lessons from the Call of Elisha – 1 Kings 19:19-21

So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother good-by,” he said, “and then I will come with you.”

“Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?”

So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.

  • Understanding the context
    • Elijah sent by God to anoint Elisha as his successor
      • this event takes place following Elijah’s major power encounter with the prophets of Baal and a period of time as a fugitive
    • finds Elisha hard at work, going about his everyday life
      • no information is given about Elisha – who he is, his age, his family background
    • plowing with twelve yoke of oxen
      • an indication of a fairly big field and wealth
      • also relatively young age and strength since he himself was driving one pair of oxen
    • cloak
      • not only symbolized his office as prophet but also his God-given prophetic power and authority

Are you ready to allow God to coauthor this next chapter of your life?

  1. Be ready to have your life as you know it disrupted
  2. Respond without needing or asking for further information
  3. Leave the past, and the present, behind – successes as well as failures
  4. Become a servant – set as a priority serving the needs of others

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