May 7 – 13

Weekly Reading for May 7 – 13

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: 7 Deadly Sins
Sermon Title: The Power of Pride

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on May 14, 2023:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: 7 Deadly Sins
Sermon Title: The Limitations of Laziness
Delivered On: May 7, 2023


Memorize and Reflect

Proverbs 6:10-11
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.

Prayer Direction

Ask God to help you see the goodness and gift of meaningful work. Pray for eyes to see any place laziness has crept into your life and a heart that is willing to see it as the dangerous sin that it is. Confess where you have been lazy and where you need God’s power to redirect your time and energy to things that glorify Jesus.

“Live It!” Challenge

Learning from an Ant – Solomon calls us to look at a little tiny example of hard work, an Ant. Take time to identify one person in your life who works hard, accomplishes a lot, and really seeks to do everything for the glory of Jesus. Make a list of 3-5 things you learn from this person’s “ant-like” example and try to put one or two of these lessons into action in your life.

Small Group Discussion

  1. Tell about a person in your life who really works hard, with a great attitude, and who sees their work as a gift from God. What do you learn from the example of this person?

  2. Tell about a person (without using a name or indicating who they are) you know who tends to be lazy. What are some of the consequences of this person’s laziness?

  3. Read: Proverbs 6:6-11. What are some lessons we can learn from ants? Although poverty and financial struggles are not always connected to laziness, it does seem that laziness can often lead to financial problems. How have you seen this to be true?

  4. Read: Proverbs 24:30-34. What are some consistent signs and indicators that laziness has set into a person’s heart and life? Why is this so dangerous?

  5. Read: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15. Why do you think the warning to stay away from idle people is so strong in this passage? What are some of the disruptions that can come from a person who is consistently lazy?

  6. Why is earning our own food and working for what we need so important to God and why should it matter to us?

  7. Read: Proverbs 10:4-5 and Genesis 2:15. How does God view work and those who are diligent in their labor? What are ways we can cheer on those who work hard and teach this to young people?

  8. How can hard work be an act of worship that glorifies God? What can we do to take our work more seriously?

  9. How does God feel about generosity and how does hard work put us in a place to be more generous?

  10. What is one specific and practical action you can take from this sermon and small group discussion?