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, September 25, 2016

Week 2: Equilibrium

  • In reading 1 Timothy 6:17-19 and/or recalling the sermon you listened to, what did you find most interesting or important?
  • What is Paul’s direction for the wealthy? What are they actually to do? How does this promote equilibrium?
  • What is your standard for deciding if someone is rich? What do you think that standard is for someone living in a developing country?
  • Have you ever lost equilibrium in an area of your life where you were either taking too much without giving enough or giving too much without receiving enough? How would you describe that time in your life?
  • Do you think you are at equilibrium now? How can your group encourage you to find an equilibrium?

Taking the Next Step of Discipleship
Take a look at the stars tonight. Every star you see would collapse under its own gravitational force if it wasn’t releasing an equal force of energy into space because of fusion reactions taking place at its core. Stars must give of themselves in order to maintain equilibrium. When they lose the capacity to give, they collapse. Like stars, we must maintain our equilibrium by fostering our ability and willingness to give. If we don’t, we risk collapsing under the weight of our own greed. Take the next step of discipleship this week and, if possible, give of your financial resources to make someone’s life easier. Buy a cup of coffee for that person behind you in line, increase your tipping when you go out to eat, or make a gift to a worthwhile charity like UMCOR.

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