Callings for Life

Video-Based Book Study

Overview

What is God calling me to do?

What is the one thing you were born to do? Are you truly doing what you were called to do?

The truth is, there is no one thing that you’re meant to do—there are multiple. God gives you more than one calling, asking you to do many things in His plan for your life. Understanding your callings is difficult for all ages, though, from recent graduates to adults in established careers. But no matter where you are in life, God wants you to see your callings and understand His plan for you.

Work through five sessions with Jeffrey Leininger to learn about all the callings in your life, even the ones you might not have noticed before. Use prayers, Bible verses, and insight from important Lutheran figures to ground yourself in Christ’s teachings and the theology surrounding how God calls you. Then, use discussion questions at the end of each session to reflect on your current callings and new ones that God has been calling you to all along.

Session Opening Thought

Our calling in life is better understood in the plural rather than the singular.

Session Headings

  • Neglect and Regret
  • Callings
  • Five Heads and Ten Hands
  • Faces, Places, and Spaces
  • Response-ability
  • Gifted Callings
  • Baptismal Callings

Session Opening Thought

Our calling in life is better understood in the present rather than the future.

Session Headings

  • Worshiping Janus
  • Facing Backward—Worshiping the Past
  • Facing Forward—Worshiping the Future
  • Two Case Studies
  • Present Tense
  • Present-Tense Blessings
  • Living Present Tense
  • Drowning Janus

Session Opening Thought

Our calling in life is better understood in the ordinary rather than the dramatic.

Session Headings

  • Sweating the Small Stuff
  • Golden and Noble Works
  • Gloves of God
  • Christian Gloves
  • Two Regiments—One King
  • Life as a Glove
  • The Extraordinary through the Ordinary—Three Biblical Examples
  • The Four Rs of an Ordinary Life

Session Opening Thought

Our calling in life is better understood as this-worldly rather than otherworldly.

Session Headings

  • The “Climb” into Sin
  • Jesus Redeems the Dirt
  • The Quest for the Super-Spiritual: Being “like God”
  • The Allure of the Otherworldly

Session Opening Thought

Our calling in life is better understood as God-given rather than self-chosen.

Session Headings

  • Choices
  • Four Sacred Gifts of God-Given Callings
  • The Holy Cross in Holy Callings
  • Four Sacred Stories
  • Blessings and Burdens

By the end of this course, learners will learn that

  • our calling in life is better understood in the plural rather than the singular;
  • our calling in life is better understood in the present rather than the future;
  • our calling in life is better understood in the ordinary rather than the dramatic;
  • our calling in life is better understood as this-worldly rather than otherworldly; and
  • our calling in life is better understood as God-given rather than self-chosen.
jeffrey-leininger

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Leininger has served as Concordia University Chicago’s university pastor since 2002. In this role, he conducts daily chapel and guides pastoral care and counseling for students, faculty, and staff. He also directs the pre-seminary program, supervises spiritual life activities, and supports the church relations office. Leininger has a PhD and an MPhil from Cambridge University. He lives in Maywood, Illinois, with his wife, Rachel, and their children, Grace and Andrew.

Callings for Life

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“These are the ways in which God is at work through you in service to the world. You are God’s activity in the world. You are the masks of God, so to speak. That is, it looks like it’s you at work, but really, God is behind it. You’re the gloves of God. Again, it looks like you’re doing the work when you’re serving and loving your neighbor, but really, it’s God Himself at work through you, and this is in the everyday, ordinary activities of your life.”

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Callings for Life

Course Details


5 author-led videos

Downloadable learner’s guide

Offline video access Group Leaders Only