Community Groups Week of February 19th
Baptism Celebration: One of the most exciting things we do here at West Pines is our Baptism Celebration! Mark your calendars now as, THIS SUNDAY Feb. 26th, we will be celebrating baptisms. Baptisms after every service. We encourage you to come and encourage those whose lives have been impacted by the gospel.
** Very Important: Please click on the link below for the week # 5 Leader video:
Main Text: 1 Timothy 6:6-10
Sermon Title: Activate, Part 2: The Freedom of Contentment
Sermon Topic: (Not to be read or e-mailed to your group … this is for the leader’s review and recollection)
I have pursued a lot of things in my life. Often times this pursuit of worldly things has brought difficulty and has resulted in more want, then more pursuit. Sadly, this cycle of "it" never being enough is the pattern of this world. We not only spend our time, energy and resources on this pursuit but we assign value and influence to these things that they really do not have. When our hearts get a hold of wealth, worldly material and the like, it can be a blessing or a great danger ... but it certainly does not last. In fact, to pursue these things is to love these things, and to love them is a trap, a mirage, and draws us in. King Solomon wrote that whoever loves wealth never has enough of it! What we pursue we assign we have assigned value to, and pursuing these things, like wealth and materialism, only serves to foster and build discontentment, because they don't hold that value.
Yet, when we pursue the things of God, and God Himself, these "things" are put in their proper place and we can then enjoy the good things in the way that God intended us to. God is saying "Stop Chasing!" To be content, truly content, we "choose," not "chase!" In choosing, we will avoid traps and find great gain. May God's word weigh on us to stop striving and start thanking Him for what we do have instead of chasing what we don't.
SUGGESTED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS...
(Please feel free to modify questions to accommodate your specific group!)
HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?
Please read: 1 Timothy 6: 6- 10
As you consider the Apostle Pauls instructions, what would you say is the point of "Godliness with contentment?"
How is materialism a trap? (Leaders get them to think how money, wealth, materialism can enslave a person.)
If contentment is "freedom from want," what does that say about our "wants?"
What are some ways we use money to bolster our self-worth and define our identity?
Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” What are things that are easy for you to spend your treasure on?
"Contentment is not something you chase, it's something you choose." So what are you choosing, what are you chasing?
Consider this, is what you are pursuing (chasing) and collecting impacting your daily life or your eternal one?
How is contentment freeing?
How do we find this "contentment?" What are practical things we can do to find and hold contentment in our lives?
What are you thankful for right now?
It’s 9 pm. You are sitting on the couch, winding down from the day in front of the television. You were minding your own business when a commercial came on that changed everything. It must have been the close-up camera angles on the melted cheese. In slow motion, the thick strands of mozzarella endlessly trail from the piping hot slice to the rest of the pizza. Somehow now you can even smell the crusty dough wafting from your TV. They know what they are doing. And what did you ever do to them? You weren’t even hungry. But now life cannot go on without the satiation of this craving they’ve induced. In a thousand different ways, through a thousand different mediums this same scenario plays out. It demonstrates one thing: our culture knows how to obliterate contentment. But what we know from the Bible is that God gave us everything to enjoy. The challenge is we don’t know how to enjoy it.