Community Group Questions - 9/21/14

Weekly Training Tip:

This week we’re talking about how to get your group more committed while sharing some leadership. Here’s the video:

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Announcements:

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Sermon Title: Built to Last, Part 2: The Most Strategic Thing You Can Build

Key Texts: Psalm 127

Topics:

  • The psalmist warns us that to invest in building something that God is not behind is a waste of time. We get distracted laboring to build. We build careers, businesses, a life for ourselves, but what if that is building the wrong thing? We feel the pressure to be watchmen over the things we build. We want to protect it and to keep it safe. But again we are warned that if God is not intending to protect it, our efforts are worthless.

  • So what then IS God behind? Where should we be building so we are in unison with God?

  • The Psalmist says, “Behold.” He grabs us by the shoulders and says, “are you listening to me?” He is saying, “Look!” Here is what you should build: children are a heritage of the Lord. We should be building our families first and foremost. Those other things are not bad, they are just not the most important thing.

  • But why? Why is building our families so strategic? Even more specific: why is building up kids and students the most strategic things we can do?

  • We are told that kids are like arrows. What an interesting illustration! He doesn’t just say a weapon, but arrows. Arrows are one of the most valuable weapons you can have. If I had to choose between being an expert archer or swordsman, an archer would probably be the most effective. Arrows go farther than I can go. Arrows go where I can’t get to. Arrows can go to more places than I can go. Arrows are so strategic.

  • Also arrows are a great illustration, because the archer is responsible in two ways 1) to create straight and sharp arrows, and 2) and then set them on their trajectory. What a great picture of parenting and mentoring.

  • Pouring into children is the most strategic thing we could possibly leave behind.

 

Key Questions:

  1. HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?
  2. ICEBREAKER: If you had to pick one ancient weapon to be proficient at in battle which weapon would you pick and why?
  3. READ: Psalm 127
  4. How would you summarize verses 3-4, in your own words?
  5. Why are kids the most strategic things we will leave behind one day?
  6. Why do you think they are described as arrows in particular?
  7. Why do we sometimes lose track of that truth?
  8. What are other applications of this Psalm beyond just investing in our own biological children?
  9. What is the difference between the church’s role and the parent’s role in raising godly children?
  10. What are the things you pray about for your kids/grandkids/future kids the most?
  11. What are some keys things you would like to set an example of for your kids/grandkids/future kids?
  12. What are you going to do differently this week to invest more heavily in children?

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