Group Discussion Guide: Redeeming Law

Lesson 3 — Law as Vocation

  1. John Calvin wrote that our vocations are what keep us from being “driven about at random” by the various demands made on us each day. Building on that idea, Mike suggests that we should think of our callings as “sentry posts,” where we can be on the lookout for ways to serve our neighbor.

    • List of some examples where God worked to bless you or meet your needs indirectly through the vocation of another human being. Why do you think God so often chooses to work in and through people rather than directly?

    • Take a moment to consider your own “sentry post,” no matter what area of law you practice in. What is one good thing in particular that you can focus on doing in your vocation?

  2. Martin Luther wrote that whenever a Christian works faithfully within her vocation, she is wearing a “mask of God,” behind which God hides himself as he cares for the world he created.

    • The notion of the “masks of God” suggests that when someone encounters your practice of law, they ought to be able to feel something of God’s care and provision for them. What, if anything, would someone be able to tell about God’s character by watching you practice law? What wrong ideas might they get about God by watching you?

    • What are some concrete ways that you can shape your law practice to provide for the needs of your neighbor—or, rather, allow God to provide for the needs of your neighbor through your work?

  3. “Vocation actually gives content to the duties that we have to God and the manner in which we love our neighbor,” Mike says, but what does it actually look like in practice?

    • What are some of the challenges unique to your area of law that make it difficult to see your work in this sphere as a sacred vocation?

    • What are some of the opportunities unique to your area of law through which God can love your neighbor through your legal expertise?