Community Group Questions - 4/13/14

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Weekly Training Tip

This week we're focusing on Easter and Good Friday services and talking about a new feature on InFellowship, our attendance & communications.

Here's the video:

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Announcements:

 

Family Dedication (M3)

  • On Mother’s Day we will be celebrating Family Dedication together, which is your chance, as parents, to dedication your preschooler.
  • If you’re interested in being a part of that celebration, stop by the Kids Ministry Guest Services and pick up and application, and we’ll also be there to answer any questions you might have about Family Dedication.
  • There’s more information in the bulletin and we’ll be in the Kids Ministry if you want to know more.

Easter/Good Friday Services

  • Good Friday services at 6:30 & 8:00PM. Preschool childcare provided.
  • Easter Services at 9, 10:30 & 12. Please go to the 9 or 12 and leave room in the 10:30 service for all of the new families we know are going to join us on Easter.

 

 

Sermon Title: Fear The Moth, Part 3: Better Than Mothballs

Main Texts: Matthew 6:24, Proverbs 3:9-10, 2 Corinthians 8:9

Topics:

  • Main Point: God owns everything, we are just his managers
  • Can’t serve two masters
    • how our two masters will inevitably clash…
  • Who is our God? Who are we really submitting to?
  • False Gods are not bad things. But we make them ultimate things.
    • Technology
    • Power
    • Sex
    • Food
    • Money
  • We attribute to them only things that God can give…
    • Money does not equal security
      • How many rich people have you heard of that would give it all to have health
      • How many rich people would give it all to have a family member back that they lost
    • Money does not equal happiness, joy, pleasure
      • Robey shared some quotes last week from the Treasure Principle from rich people who clearly stated that money is actually a hindrance to these things
      • The only rich people I have ever heard of that are truly happy are giving away their wealth.
    • Money does not equal a life purpose
      • Money is not a goal.
      • Does money in the bank really give you fulfillment?
    • Money is not a bad thing… it is just not an ultimate thing
  • Remember - It all comes from God anyway
  • Trusting God with our finances
    • We start at the wrong end of the table
      • We expect God to honor our finances but we do not put him first
      • If we give to God first and trust him with the rest, he will take care of us
      • It may not be in the manner that we expect but God will honor our faithfulness.
      • I am always amazed at the creativity of God when he blesses us. Sometimes we don’t even realize it when it is happening but see it when we look back over time
    • Does each category glorify God?
    • Keep being tempted to take from God’s Piece to pay for other things
    • But there is a dynamic that God blesses us when we give
  • Proverbs 3:9-10
    • *“If you are the CFO, and budget time comes again, and you have more to give out to individual budgets… who are you more likely to give to… those who handle the money wisely… and in the most strategic way for the company… would you give it to those who are over-padding their expense accounts?”
    • Treasure Principle: “God prospers me not to raise my standard of living - but to raise my standard of giving
  • difference between Health and Wealth and giving to God
    • Some will say that giving to God is like a blessing vending machine. That Health and Wealth Gospel is not what we are talking about. We are talking about submitting your finances to God. If you give to God expecting specific blessings you are trying to stay in control and in a way still trying to serve two masters.
    • Giving to God and trusting him is submission
    • Giving to God and expecting specific rewards is control
    • one is me-centered and the other is God-centered
    • The tough part about being me centered is that it is me-limited. Do you want God’s blessings for you to be limited by your own expectations or do you want him to do things you could not even dream of? Do you trust him to decide which blessings are most appropriate for you? Or do you want to be in control?

 

Key Questions:

  1. HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?
  2. What was your first exposure to the idea of giving to God?
  3. When you think of “investing” what is the first thing that comes to mind?
  4. When you have some extra cash, what do you tend to spend it on?
  5. Why is it impossible to serve two masters?
  6. Why is it hard to put God first in our financial life?
  7. Why do we struggle to trust God when we can’t balance out our finances?
  8. Why do we feel the need to control our finances?
  9. What are some creative ways God has taken care of you financially?
  10. Why do we have to give consistently?
  11. Why should we give proportionately?
  12. Why should we give sacrificially?

 

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