Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on October 20, 2019:
- SUNDAY: James 1,
- MONDAY: 1 Timothy 6,
- TUESDAY: 2 Corinthians 8-9,
- WEDNESDAY: Matthew 25,
- THURSDAY: Acts 20,
- FRIDAY: Matthew 22,
- SATURDAY: Leviticus 25,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: True Riches Sermon Title: Understanding and Embracing the Mind of God
Delivered On: October 13, 2019
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17)
Thank God for the many spiritual blessings He has given you. Reflect on the material things God has provided and give Him thanks for His kindness. Invite the Holy Spirit to lead you in how you manage the resources God has placed in your care.
Honest Reflection: Look back over the past month and identify how much you have spent and invested in the work of Jesus. What time have you served? What care have you extended? What resources have you given? Then, identify a next step forward that you can take in growing as a joyfully generous person.
Small Group Discussion
Who taught you about how to handle your personal finances (a parent, family member, teacher…) and what were you taught (on words and action) about how to handle money?
In this week’s sermon, we talked about “Spenders” and “Savers.” Which of these do you lean toward being and what is one strength and one weakness of this approach to personal finances?
Read: Matthew 13:1-23. What are some of the worries of life and deceitfulness of wealth (v.22) that can get in the way of us following Jesus? How can “Living it up” get in the way of us fully following Jesus?
What advice do you think God would give to a spender whose main goal in life is to acquire stuff, have great experiences, and enjoy everything for themselves?
Read: Luke 12:13-21. What message do you think Jesus is trying to send to those who tend toward being driven by the need and desire to save? What are some good things about saving, and how can this cross the line and get in the way of serving and following Jesus?
What advice do you think God would give to a passionate saver whose main goal is to take everything they can and invest it in the future?
Read: Matthew 6:19-20 and Matthew 6:23-24. What do you think Jesus is talking about when He calls His followers to “store up treasures in heaven?” What are ways we can invest finances and material things in eternity?
How does living as a servant and making the resources God has given you available for His work better than being a spender or a saver?
What does a balanced life look like when we spend wisely, save responsibly and Serve the world and the work of Jesus by being consistently generous?