WordServe Church Study Guide for Jan 25, 2015
- Sermon Title: “Choking Hazards” (Dr. Nolan Donald)
- Audio Link (check HERE on Sunday afternoon for the latest sermon)
- Sermon Scripture: Matthew 13:7, 22
- Additional Study Texts: Matthew 6: 19-21, Matthew 6: 24-34
– What’s one thing from Sunday’s message that you hope the group talks about?
– On a scale of 1 (low) to 10(high), rate your anxiety level. What kinds of things are contributing to your number?
Read Matthew 6: 19-21
– What are some examples of treasures in heaven?
– Compare and contrast one whose treasure is in heaven versus one whose treasure is on earth (v 21): what do their lives look like? What do they do? What fruit do they produce?
– What would have to happen in our lives to lay up treasures in heaven?
Read Matthew 6: 24-34
– Agree or disagree: No one can serve two masters (God and Possessions, see verse 24). Support your position.
– Name the “thorns” you see in this passage (thorns explained in Matthew 13:7 and 22).
— Which “thorn” impacts you the most? Why?
– How does Jesus recommend we counter anxiety? (Go beyond the “Sunday School” answer to application in your life… how will you counter anxiety?)
– What does Jesus mean in Matt 6:32 (the Gentiles seek these things)? Why would he pick the word, “Gentiles?” What are the ramifications of Jesus’ choice of wording here?
Taking It Home
– Is money/wealth bad? Support your answer.
– What are some ways we can avoid serving money?
– Do all Christians have to be poor? How would you define an appropriate Christian response to money and possessions?
– Is there an appropriate balance between not worrying, and not caring about this world? Explain your answer.
– Refer to your “worry index” number in the Getting Started section. Brainstorm with a trusted friend or your group: what will you do this week to move that number one step to the left?
— What will you do in 2015 to lower that number?
- Is Worry Choking Your Faith? by Florence MacKenzie
- A Tale of Four Soils, Part 3
- Can Christians Be Wealthy?
- God vs. Money, or God AND Money?
From “Preposterous: Not Your Typical Bible Study”