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 18, 2016
Week 1: The Gravity of the Situation
- In reading Matthew 6:19-21 and/or recalling the sermon you listened to, what did you find most interesting or important?
- What do you think it means to store treasures in heaven instead of earth?
- Who is the most generous person you know? What are some other words you would use to describe them?
- What do you tell people when they ask what is most important to you? Do those areas of your life receive a proportional amount of your resources? In other words are these areas the actual center of your gravity? (Or do the Next Step of Discipleship with your group!)
- What would you like to be the center of your gravity? How can you make that happen?
Taking the Next Step of Discipleship
Take a piece of paper and fold it in half. On the left side make a list of the 5 things you value and treasure most in life. Write them down and be honest. Maybe your list includes such things as family, financial security, health, relationships, personal and professional goals, dreams and aspirations. Go back through the list again and ask, “Are they just personal wishes I have for myself or are they deeper prayers for someone else?” “Are the priorities I’ve set reflective of the kind of person God wants me to be?” Now start a corresponding list on the right side. Beside each priority you set, estimate the percentage of time and energy you actually devote to that particular area of your life. If the list of priorities on the left side of the paper doesn’t match the list of time and energy spent on right side of the paper, there’s a good chance your heart may be somewhere else.