Community Groups Blog, Week of October 29, 2017

* Announcements: 

  • On November 11, our men's community group will be traveling to Islamorada for outreach to 1st Baptist Church of Islamorada. Please pray for them as they travel to be a blessing to the communities there. Any donations of water, Gatorade or dry goods - please deliver to Pastor Frank at church. 

  • There is a serving opportunity on Sunday, November 5 at 1:15pm - 3:30, for the Kid's Ministry Team Meeting (on campus). This serving would be providing child care while that team meets.

Upside Down

Week 6: Selflessness

Main Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:5

Please Use the questions from the STUDY GUIDE for this sermon series as the starting point for discussions.

Additional Discussion Questions

  1. Greed changes our perspective in that, "what is excessive no longer feels excessive." How have you experienced that in your life?
  2. How can we ensure that we do not fall into the snare of greed?
  3. When we seek positions of influence, the question we must ask is whether we do so in with selfish or selfless motives. What possible selfish motives might someone have in seeking positions of influence? What are the root causes of those motives?
  4. Read Romans 15:1-3: "We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, 'The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.'" What spheres of your life do these verses apply?
  5. The word used for "strong" in Romans 15:1-3 is used elsewhere in Scripture to mean "influential" or "powerful." Does knowing this change or expand your answer to #4?
  6. In what area are you most susceptible to asking, "Does this meet my needs?"

Closing thought: The foundation for greed is an attribute every person has: appetite. Our appetites motivate us in many ways. When we hunger for the approval of others or the false security of wealth, we are always left wanting. This is because our appetite says one thing: more. No matter what we have, it will never be enough. This is how the snare of greed works, it keeps pushing our gaze further and further, for more and more. There is only one way to find satisfaction, which Jesus explains in Matthew 5:6, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." Let our appetite be for righteousness - specifically for Christ himself - and find a holy source of sustenance for an appetite that says, "more."

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