NOTE: Following is a copy of the discussion guide that will be used in MoSt Church‘s LIFE groups tomorrow night. This discussion guide works the same subjects and primary texts as the Sunday morning sermon. You’ll find these guides categorized each week under the category title LIFE group guides.
To aid our development of Christ’s character, moving toward a life totally possessed by God rather than money or material things.
Stop collecting treasures for your own benefit on earth, where moth and rust eat them and where thieves break in and steal them. Instead, collect treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moth and rust don’t eat them and where thieves don’t break in and steal them. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The eye is the lamp of the body. Therefore, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how terrible that darkness will be! (Matthew 6:19-23 CEB)
Icebreaker questions are intended to simply get us all talking. Choose one of the following to discuss as a group.
1. What’s one of the dumbest things you’ve ever spent money on?
2. A distant family member has just died and left you $500,000. What would you do with the money?
3. Aside from essentials in terms of basic food, clothing, shelter, and what it takes to stay employed, you’re now limited to five other possessions. What would make your list of five and why?
4. Would Jesus drive a Ferrari?
These questions are meant to help us grapple directly with the sermon’s primary Scripture text.
1. In Matthew 6:19-23, what three “health issues” does Jesus use as illustrations of the seriousness of living a life of craving for more money and more material possessions?
2. In light of Matthew 6:19-23, what are three lies the father of lies tells us as he tempts us to crave things and/or dollars?
3. What does Jesus mean when he says “collect treasures for yourselves in heaven?”
These questions facilitate our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us through his word.
1. How is the euphoria of deep religious experience and buying something special similar?
2. What sort of events or influences in your life, be they good or bad, have strongly shaped your thinking and desires as to money and possessions?
3. Have you ever known a person who was virtually destitute who was quite content and happy with their life? Tell us the story.
4. What sort of things do we commonly tell ourselves to give ourselves some sense of plausible deniability to the fact that compared to most of the people in the world, we’re very wealthy?
5. Given the power of Satan’s deception on us, how can a person really know if they’re imprisoned by avarice?
6. A fellow Christian has just confessed to you that they’re living in bondage to buying stuff. They’ve requested your practical counsel and help in being set free from slavery to possessions. What counsel would you give them?
7. On a scale of 0-100, how would you score yourself as to living in simplicity? With Matthew 6:22-23 in mind, think of 0 as total darkness within you and 100 as living totally in the light of God’s will in this regard.
8. What specific things could you do now to move in a constructive way toward healthy deaccumulation?