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Playing With Fire - Week 04 - Group Discussion Guide

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BEFORE YOU GATHER
  • Familiarize yourself with this Group Discussion Guide.
  • If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
  • Read Proverbs 10:15; Proverbs 18:10-11; Proverbs 13:7; Luke 12:5.
  • CLICK HERE to see the overall structure of the biblical book of Proverbs.
  • Sit in prayerful silence with God for a while, and ask the Holy Spirit if there is anything that he wants you to share during your group’s time together.

RESOURCES FOR A PERSONAL RESPONSE
Every week, we’ll suggest some resources that can help you and others pursue a life of wholeness, transparency, recovery, and healing.
 
LEARN BY READING: Money, Possessions, and Eternity, by Randy Alcorn
 
 
GROUP DISCUSSION
Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of how your group can invite God into your time together.
 
As you begin your time together, pray that God would reveal area in our lives where money has become a bigger influence in our lives than it should be. Pray that we would be honest with ourselves and each other and feel safe to share openly. Pray that our time together would be encouraging and inspiring to take our next steps in following Jesus in the area of our finances.
 
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Have everyone take 30 seconds each to share a phrase or a moment from this weekend’s message that is still resonating with them. You also have the option to say “Pass.”
 
Large Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This weekend’s message came from  Proverbs 10:15; Proverbs 18:10-11; Proverbs 13:7; Luke 12:5. If everyone has a Bible, let's go there together.
  • In our series Playing with Fire, this week’s focus is our finances. Share a time when you’ve been burned by money and the effect it had on you (and others in your life).
  • Pastor Billy taught us from Proverbs 18:10-11 that money can make us imagine, like a mirage or optical illusion, that we are safe and secure when we have enough money.
    • Is there a part of you that believes the illusion that if I have enough wealth, then I’ll be safe, have peace, and be able to let go of fear?
    • Prov. 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower… How does this truth surpass the power of money? What are some practical examples?
    • What are some specific ways we can stop looking to money as our shield and safety, and instead run to Jesus?   
  • Read Luke 12:15. Greed is a sneaky sin. Why do you think Jesus singles out greed as a sin, separate from other sins? Why and how is greed so sneaky? Billy gave some examples of how greed can make its way into our lives: our integrity has been compromised; financed payments have eaten up all our budget margin; we’re unwilling to be accountable to someone with our finances. What are some “greed indicators” for you?
  • Scattering gathers; gathering scatters (Proverbs 11:24). Pastor Billy encouraged us to ask God how we can move break the power of greed by starting the process of generosity: give something away, today and tomorrow; to scatter something. How is God moving you to do this?

CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
 
Pray that what we shared together would create a stronger, safer and more encouraging bond as a community. Pray that God would give us the grace to follow Jesus – that His life, His example, and His message would transform how we view money. Pray that Jesus would change our hearts, minds and lives, and make us like Him in every way, specifically in our finances.
 
 
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