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Read Matthew 6:19-34.
1. What does it mean to "lay up treasures in heaven" and why is it important to focus on eternal values rather than earthly possessions?
2. How does the concept of storing treasures in heaven influence your priorities and decision-making in daily life?
3. In what ways do you find yourself seeking material wealth or possessions? How might this distract you from your spiritual journey?
4. How can you practice detachment from material possessions while still responsibly managing your resources and meeting your needs?
5. Reflect on a time when you experienced worry or anxiety about the future. How did Jesus' teachings on God's provision and care help you navigate those feelings?
6. How does the analogy of birds and flowers in Matthew 6:26-30 remind you of God's provision and sovereignty? In what ways can you apply this principle to your own life?
7. Consider the role of worry in your life. How often do you find yourself consumed by anxious thoughts about the future? What steps can you take to cultivate trust in God's provision instead?
8. Reflect on a specific area of your life where you struggle to trust God's provision. What practical steps can you take to surrender that area to Him and rely on His faithfulness?
9. How can you cultivate a mindset of seeking God's kingdom and righteousness first in your daily life, rather than being preoccupied with worldly concerns?
10. Take a moment to reflect on the truth that God knows your needs and cares deeply for you. How does this awareness impact your perspective on worry and anxiety?
Read Matthew 25:14-30.
If you had to give yourself a ranking of 1-10, how lazy are you?
How would you respond if you were responsible for a significant amount of money?
How do you respond to the gift God has given you and wants you to invest?
How much time do you spend doing labor that is not important?
How can you prioritize your time?
Do you see your job as working for God?
What do you think it means to enter the “joy of the master”?
Why is the servant who was given 1 talent considered wicked (hint: read verse 30)?
Why is his talent given to the one that has 5 talents?
How do you become more fervent in your life?
Read Luke 10:25-37.
If you had to give yourself a ranking of 1-10 how hateful are you?
Do you tend to think of yourself as better than others?
Do you tend to think of yourself as worse than others?
How often do you try and justify yourself?
In what ways have you robbed, beaten, or murdered somebody?
In what ways have you ignored somebody?
When was the last time you helped a stranger?
When was the last time you helped somebody who was hurting, either physically or emotionally?
Are you willing to spend your money on a stranger?
Do you act like the Samaritan or the Robbers, Priest, and Levite?
What is the first step to allow love to become more prevalent in your life?
Read Matthew 23.
If you had to give yourself a ranking of 1-10, how hypocritical are you?
Do you teach and act the same?
What area in your life are you most reliant on the approval of man?
Are you humble or will you be humbled?
Do you help people see heaven or hurt it?
When was the last time you told somebody about your relationship with Jesus?
Do you swear to God? Does your word still mean something?
Do you find yourself focused on the little things you do against God or the big things?
Would you say your inside is clean?
Do you have empathy?
Are you real?
Read Romans 12.
How can the church be counter-cultural without avoiding our culture?
Do you think too highly or too lowly of yourself? Write down ways to adjust your thinking to that of God.
What makes you unique in the body of Christ?
How does God use you to build unity in the Church?
Read 1 Corinthians 12.
Why do you think Paul lists some different gifts?
Why do you think he repeats the phrase “same spirit”?
What is so important about verse 13?
Does Paul’s explanation help you understand why each person is different?
What is the purpose of your spiritual gift?
Are you going to use it?
Read Romans 12:6-8. (Memorize it and keep working on Romans 12:1-5.)
Which one of these gifts do you have?
Write them down and research what they are.
Read Psalm 121.
Spend some time looking at God’s creation and thanking Him for it.
What does it mean that God is your help?
Why does the ‘Spirit never sleeping’ give you comfort?
Do you struggle with fear? What can you do to give it to the Spirit?
Read Psalm 23.
How often do you find yourself wanting?
Why is this not a good thing?
Find some time for rest this week.
Try to visualize even your most difficult moments as still water.
What is your valley? How do you give it to the Spirit?
Visualize God’s love overflowing on you.
Dwell on the house of the Lord and not your difficult moments.
Read Romans 12:4-5 – (Memorize it and keep working on Romans 12:1-3).
Would you say your relationship is more personal or corporate?
How can you improve on the one that is less?
Read John 21:1-19.
How would you respond if you were Peter?
Write down how Jesus redeemed you.
What does Following Jesus look like in your life?
Read John 4:1-26.
What is your favorite part of this story and why?
Do you shy away from speaking the truth, do you do it in a way that condemns people, or do you do it in spirit and truth with a desire to see salvation?
How do you speak to your loved ones in spirit and truth?
If I was to ask them, would they say you are good at this or bad at it?
Do you find yourself condemning others or saving them?
Do you keep your faith to yourself, or do you go tell people about Jesus?
Read Romans 12.
What comes to mind as you read the text?
Read Romans 12:1-3.
How does the mercy of God allow you to be a living Sacrifice?
How is being acceptable to God spiritual worship?
What does it look like to have a transformed mind?
How do we think with ‘sober judgment’?
Read Luke 15:11-32.
Which person do you most relate to?
What do you think the mom was doing during this period?
What did your prodigal journey look like?
How does leaning into the attributes of God make you the person He wants you to be?
How do we avoid being like the older brother, while still being obedient to God?
Who is your ‘one more’ that you want to build a relationship with?
Read Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19.
If you had been there that day, what would your thoughts have been?
How many ways can you see God in control of this event?
How would you naturally feel about being the subject of a monarch?
What makes Jesus a monarch you would willingly submit to?
How does your life reflect your submission to Jesus as King?
What are the two principal forms of revelation God has used to reveal Himself to us?
See Psalm 19:1-4; Romans 1:20; Heb. 1:1-2; 1 Peter 1:10-12.
Why do you think God used written words to reveal Himself?
How does God’s revelation increase the importance of reading?
How do you think scripture is the same as God verbally speaking?
Read Romans 15:4.
What do you think Paul meant by ‘whatever was written in former days’?
Do a group word study of the term perseverance or endurance.
Brainstorm some ways to overcome not wanting to regularly read the Bible.
How can you help one another read the Bible regularly?
Do you think there is a difference between converts and disciples? If so, what is the difference?
Using scripture, define a disciple.
Read about the early church in Acts 2:37-47.
List the features of the church described in this passage.
Are these features in today’s church?
Read Ephesians 4:11-16.
According to this passage, who is to do works of service in the church?
What are the results of the works of service in the church?
Who is glorified through the works of service in the church?
Think about what you have been willing to do to keep your body healthy or to recover from
sickness or injury.
What are you willing to do for the body of Christ to improve its health?
Share the things in your life that cause you the most anxiety.
Read 1 Peter 5:6-7.
Then read Romans 10:17.
To accomplish Romans 10:17 --
Help each other to find scriptural promises that match your anxiety.
Think of how you can take those promises and make them prayers throughout your day.
Read Mark 9:14-29.
Why had the nine disciples failed?
How do prayer and faith work together?
Read Matthew 14:22-33.
What would your thoughts have been if you were in the boat with the disciples?
Why do you think only Peter stepped over the side of the boat?
Share with one another the greatest step of faith you have taken in your life.
How can we rejoice when our faith is tested as James speaks of in James 1?
What would you be willing to sacrifice to have greater faith?
How could your group help each other through those sacrifices?
Take some time searching scriptures that encourage us to trust God in every circumstance.
Talk about times you can remember seeing God’s hand in a situation that looked terrible while you were in it.
Read Romans 8:28.
What is the condition of this promise?
Does Romans 8:28 really mean ALL things?
Have someone read Matthew 6:25-34 out loud.
Read 1 Peter 4:12-14.
How does the ‘fiery trial’ of verse 12 relate to Malachi’s prophecy in Malachi 3:1-3?
Why do you think God refines believers with fire?
What do you think of future rewards in heaven?
Read 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:9.
How do you respond to affliction?
Is your affliction caused by your sinfulness or your living for Christ?
In what ways can we help one another through afflictions?
Make a list of the attributes of God.
How do these attributes help us to trust God?
In what ways is trusting God different than trusting a human?
Read 1 Kings 8:56.
What do you think it means that God has given rest to His people?
Hebrews 3 and 4 has much to say about entering God’s rest.
What conclusions do you come to about God’s rest for His people?
Are you living in God’s rest? If not what needs to change?
Why was being barren so difficult for women like Sarah?
Read about Ishmael in Genesis 16.
What happens when we make decisions without seeking God’s direction for us?
Scripturally, how do we seek God’s direction?
Scripturally, how do we grow our faith?
Read Genesis 22:1-18.
Why do you think God would put Abraham to this kind of test?
How do you feel about the tests you have gone through?
Read James 1:1-18.
How does the passage in Genesis and James relate?
Why is the testing of our faith so important?
What do you think James means by ‘that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing’? (James 1:4b)
How well do you count testing as joy? How can you increase your joy in times of testing?
Share about times in your life of disobedience or obedience to an authority figure.
1 Peter 1:14
1 John 5:3
What do these passages tell us about the believer’s life?
How do you pursue obedience to Christ daily?
What interferes with daily obedience?
How can your group hold one another accountable for greater obedience?
Share some thoughts, feelings, concerns and fears about physical death.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:1-10.
What is the basic teaching of verses 1-5?
Why does verse 6 say we are always of good courage?
In what ways do believers walk by faith?
How would people around you know you aim to please God?
How does this passage encourage you to live boldly in this life?
Make a list of verses showing how salvation is received in the New Testament?
How does your group think people were saved in Old Testament times?
Look at the following passages:
After reading these passages, how were Old Testament people saved?
Read 1 Peter 5:5-11.
Why is God opposed to the proud?
What does it mean to be humble?
How is pride related to sin?
How does God exalt a person?
Brainstorm some ways to cast your cares on Jesus.
What are some ways to proactively resist the Devil?
Read Hebrews 1:8-12.
List what makes Jesus greater than the angels.
Meditate on Jesus being King at conception, birth and growing up as a man.
Which one is hardest for you to wrap your mind around?
Why is it important that He was always King?
As a group, talk and share about childhood memories, activities and family traditions that complement and encourage worship during the Christmas season.
See if you can find scripture to support the traditions and activities.