Instruct One Another
Pastor Jamie George - God doesn’t want your money, He wants you, the real you, the un-weighed-down-by-sin and joyfully running - you that comes, via your relationship with money.
Review from Last Week:
Our practice was to be courageously vulnerable with others. Invite your group to share their stories of courage and vulnerability.
Was anyone able to practice this? How did it go?
-BTW, no problem if no one did the practice, but we just want to give you practical ways to practice Jesus all week long. That’s the heart behind these...not to overwhelm you or shame you into doing dumb religious activities. It is just easier to practice Jesus’ principles when we do them together!
What was one thing that you treasured more than anything as a kid?
What do you treasure now (and this is not a trick question:)?
Matthew 6:21 says: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
The following typically fall in the category of “treasure”: money, time, skills/gifts/talents
When you are asked to give your time, money or asked to do something, how do you respond? (joy or anxiety?)
Answer any of these:
- What makes you want to give your time?
- What makes you want to give your money (treasures)?
- What makes you want to give of yourself for someone else?
Anytime we say “yes” to something, we are saying “no” to something else. What are you saying Yes to, that is taking you away from what gives you life?
Ask God to help you untangle your views about your resources: Money, time, skills and giving. What can you say “no” to today that will free up time, money or space to give your best to God?
For further reading/study/discussion: Genesis 4:1-9, 1 Timothy 6:10, 2 Corinthians 11:3
This week's practice
Ask Jesus to help you untangle your views about your resources. What can you say “NO” to today that will free up money, time, skills? Practice saying NO and ask Jesus what to say YES to?