Gravity is a force all around us—its pull on us and anything with mass is inescapable. But, Gravity is not the only force with this kind of pull on our lives. Money, wealth, and accumulation have this same kind of power and effect on us. Jesus reminds us in the Gospel of Matthew, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt 6:21). To follow in the way of Christ, to be a fully committed disciple who Meets God, Connects with People, and Lives Missionally, is to overcome the force that wealth can have on us.

Small Group Questions: Sunday, October 2, 2016

Week 4: Lightyears

  • In reading Isaiah 58:9-12 and/or recalling the sermon you listened to, what did you find most interesting or important?
  • What does God ask of the people of Israel through Isaiah? What will this result in?
  • Talk about a time in your life when something small had a lasting impact on you? In what way does the church have lasting impacts for individuals, the community and the world?
  • What do you give to? What inspires/motivates you to give?
  • Are you going to pledge to the Arborlawn 2017 budget? Why or why not?

Taking the Next Step of Discipleship
It’s hard to be a follower of Jesus and say, “I didn’t know”. God has a way of opening our hearts and our eyes to the needs of others. When that happens it becomes more difficult to keep saying, “I didn’t know.” As in, “I didn’t know there were so many people hurting, or hungry or in need.” Or, “I didn’t know how much pain there is in the world.” The truth is now you do know. We all do. The real question then becomes, “Now that we know, what are we going to do about it?” This week keep your eyes and hearts open. There’s a child at JT Stevens elementary school who needs a Kid’s Hope volunteer. There are victims of a hurricane in Haiti. There’s a lonely widow who lives near you. You know what others need; kindness, compassion, help, hope, a little bit of grace and a lot of love. The same things you need. “Now that you know these things…you will be blessed if you do them” John 3:17

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