Weekly Reading :: 4.13.14

On April 12, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 28
MondayMark 15 & Luke 24
TuesdayJohn 12-13
WednesdayJohn 14-15
ThursdayJohn 16-17
FridayJohn 20-21
Saturday1 Corinthians 15

“Voices that Rationalize, Justify, and Deny”
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Memorize/Reflect: “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me” (John 18:37 )

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to give you courage and power to stand for His truth and laws, even when it is not popular in our world. Ask God to help you live a life that is about honoring God and following Him rather than honoring people and following the crowd.

“Live It!” Challenge – Make a Big Invite: There are many people who might avoid church and Jesus, but at Easter they might be more open to an invitation. Pray about one person who you could invite to join you for Easter services at Shoreline. Give them an Easter invitation card or a call on the phone and extend an invitation. Then, pray for their heart to be open.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. What are some of the cultural messages today that speak out against Jesus, Christians, and the church?
      2. What are some of the political forces at work today that seem to be working against Jesus, the gospel, and the truth of God’s Word?
      3. Read: John 18:28-40. What seemed to drive and motivate Pilate? How do you see these same motivations at work in people’s hearts today?
      4. What are ways Christians can end up going along with the crowd and what are some ways we can stand strong and resist the temptation to cave into societal pressures?
      5. Read: Luke 23:7-12. How did Herod view Jesus? What is the danger of treating Jesus like a bargaining chip in our game of life and not treating Him like the Lord and Savior that He is?
      6. What are some ways we can bow down, surrender, and follow Jesus more humbly as the Lord of the universe and our lives? What daily disciplines can we put in place that will help us surrender more to the Lordship of Jesus?
      7. Read: Mark 15:16-20. What do you see in the actions and attitudes of the soldiers? What are some of the subtle and overt ways people mock and abuse Jesus today?
      8. What does it look like when a Christian today is ashamed of the gospel? What are some ways we can show that we are not ashamed of the gospel or Jesus?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 28
MondayMark 15 & Luke 24
TuesdayJohn 12-13
WednesdayJohn 14-15
ThursdayJohn 16-17
FridayJohn 20-21
Saturday1 Corinthians 15

“Voices that Rationalize, Justify, and Deny”
View this week’s Sermon Notes

Memorize/Reflect: “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me” (John 18:37 )

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to give you courage and power to stand for His truth and laws, even when it is not popular in our world. Ask God to help you live a life that is about honoring God and following Him rather than honoring people and following the crowd.

“Live It!” Challenge – Make a Big Invite: There are many people who might avoid church and Jesus, but at Easter they might be more open to an invitation. Pray about one person who you could invite to join you for Easter services at Shoreline. Give them an Easter invitation card or a call on the phone and extend an invitation. Then, pray for their heart to be open.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. What are some of the cultural messages today that speak out against Jesus, Christians, and the church?
      2. What are some of the political forces at work today that seem to be working against Jesus, the gospel, and the truth of God’s Word?
      3. Read: John 18:28-40. What seemed to drive and motivate Pilate? How do you see these same motivations at work in people’s hearts today?
      4. What are ways Christians can end up going along with the crowd and what are some ways we can stand strong and resist the temptation to cave into societal pressures?
      5. Read: Luke 23:7-12. How did Herod view Jesus? What is the danger of treating Jesus like a bargaining chip in our game of life and not treating Him like the Lord and Savior that He is?
      6. What are some ways we can bow down, surrender, and follow Jesus more humbly as the Lord of the universe and our lives? What daily disciplines can we put in place that will help us surrender more to the Lordship of Jesus?
      7. Read: Mark 15:16-20. What do you see in the actions and attitudes of the soldiers? What are some of the subtle and overt ways people mock and abuse Jesus today?
      8. What does it look like when a Christian today is ashamed of the gospel? What are some ways we can show that we are not ashamed of the gospel or Jesus?

Weekly Reading :: 3.23.14

On March 22, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 26
MondayMatthew 27
TuesdayMark 14
WednesdayMark 15
Thursday Luke 22
FridayLuke 23
SaturdayJohn 18-19

“Commitment to Excellence”

Memorize/Reflect: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. “ (Colossians 3:23-24)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to show you the areas of your life that you are more concerned with the approval of people, rather than the approval of God. Pray God would show you how to approach these areas with a renewed heart aimed at pleasing him.

“Live It!” Challenge – Service: Identify three of your personal relationships. These may be with a parent, spouse, child, employer, employee, friend or neighbor. Serve at least one person this week, above and beyond how you normally serve him or her.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Read: Colossians 3. What stands out to you in this passage and why?
      2. Read: Colossians 3:9-10. What does it mean to “take off your old self” and “put on the new self”? What does this look like when a person first follows Jesus and what does this look like each day we walk with Jesus?
      3. Read: Colossians 3:17. What does it mean to do everything in the name of Jesus? How does this become a reality in the flow of a normal day?
      4. Discuss the attitude husbands and wives should have toward one another?
      5. What does it mean to obey your parents in everything? How does this apply in adulthood?
      6. How should parents treat their children? What does this look like in your family?
      7. How do you see the challenge given to slaves in the ancient world applying to employees in today’s world?
      8. What does “work at it with all your heart” mean to you and how does this impact your life?
      9. What area(s) of your life, do you do less than your best? What will you do to begin living with excellence in this area of your life?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 26
MondayMatthew 27
TuesdayMark 14
WednesdayMark 15
Thursday Luke 22
FridayLuke 23
SaturdayJohn 18-19

“Commitment to Excellence”

Memorize/Reflect: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. “ (Colossians 3:23-24)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to show you the areas of your life that you are more concerned with the approval of people, rather than the approval of God. Pray God would show you how to approach these areas with a renewed heart aimed at pleasing him.

“Live It!” Challenge – Service: Identify three of your personal relationships. These may be with a parent, spouse, child, employer, employee, friend or neighbor. Serve at least one person this week, above and beyond how you normally serve him or her.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Read: Colossians 3. What stands out to you in this passage and why?
      2. Read: Colossians 3:9-10. What does it mean to “take off your old self” and “put on the new self”? What does this look like when a person first follows Jesus and what does this look like each day we walk with Jesus?
      3. Read: Colossians 3:17. What does it mean to do everything in the name of Jesus? How does this become a reality in the flow of a normal day?
      4. Discuss the attitude husbands and wives should have toward one another?
      5. What does it mean to obey your parents in everything? How does this apply in adulthood?
      6. How should parents treat their children? What does this look like in your family?
      7. How do you see the challenge given to slaves in the ancient world applying to employees in today’s world?
      8. What does “work at it with all your heart” mean to you and how does this impact your life?
      9. What area(s) of your life, do you do less than your best? What will you do to begin living with excellence in this area of your life?

Weekly Reading :: 3.16.14

On March 15, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayColossians 3
MondayEphesians 5
TuesdayEphesians 6
WednesdayJames 2
Thursday2 Thessalonians 3
Friday1 Corinthians 10
SaturdayColossians 3

Find Yourself
Discover the Divine Design for Your Life

Memorize/Reflect: “…if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:8)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you take the time and make the effort to discover and develop your unique gifting. Commit to God that you will use the gifts He has given you today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life.

“Live It!” Challenge – Ministry Open House: Commit to join us on Tuesday, March 18 from 6-8p at the church for the Ministry Open House. Visit a number of the rooms and talk with the leaders, be in prayer for them, and learn more about a ministry that might be a place where you can serve Jesus and others.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. If you have been in a church where many people were developing and using their gifts to glorify God and bless others, tell about how this engagement of so many people impacted the health and mission of the church.
      2. If you have been in a church where very few people were actually discovering, developing, and deploying their spiritual gifts, how did this impact the moral, mission, and impact of the church?
      3. Read: Romans 12:3-8 Why is humility and sober judgment so important for each of us as we discover and use our spiritual gifts? What could happen if we try to use our spiritual gift without humility and sober judgment?
      4. Why is it critical that we see ourselves as parts of a body rather than independent of each other when we use the God-given gifts that we have?
      5. The apostle Paul boldly calls people out to use their gifts. If you have teaching gifts…then teach! If you have leadership gifts, be diligent and lead! If Paul was talking boldly to you about your God-given gifts, what do you think He would say?
      6. Read: Romans 12:9-13 Make a list of the various exhortations and challenges Paul puts before us in this passage (There are at least a dozen!). Why are each of these important as we function as a body and use our gifts together?
      7. What is one of these exhortations that you feel reflects the way you serve and live? Take a moment to share and celebrate this area where God is growing you and working in you.
      8. What is one of these exhortations that you feel you need to hear and adopt into your life? How can your group members encourage you in your effort to grow in this area of your life?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayColossians 3
MondayEphesians 5
TuesdayEphesians 6
WednesdayJames 2
Thursday2 Thessalonians 3
Friday1 Corinthians 10
SaturdayColossians 3

Find Yourself
Discover the Divine Design for Your Life

Memorize/Reflect: “…if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:8)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you take the time and make the effort to discover and develop your unique gifting. Commit to God that you will use the gifts He has given you today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life.

“Live It!” Challenge – Ministry Open House: Commit to join us on Tuesday, March 18 from 6-8p at the church for the Ministry Open House. Visit a number of the rooms and talk with the leaders, be in prayer for them, and learn more about a ministry that might be a place where you can serve Jesus and others.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. If you have been in a church where many people were developing and using their gifts to glorify God and bless others, tell about how this engagement of so many people impacted the health and mission of the church.
      2. If you have been in a church where very few people were actually discovering, developing, and deploying their spiritual gifts, how did this impact the moral, mission, and impact of the church?
      3. Read: Romans 12:3-8 Why is humility and sober judgment so important for each of us as we discover and use our spiritual gifts? What could happen if we try to use our spiritual gift without humility and sober judgment?
      4. Why is it critical that we see ourselves as parts of a body rather than independent of each other when we use the God-given gifts that we have?
      5. The apostle Paul boldly calls people out to use their gifts. If you have teaching gifts…then teach! If you have leadership gifts, be diligent and lead! If Paul was talking boldly to you about your God-given gifts, what do you think He would say?
      6. Read: Romans 12:9-13 Make a list of the various exhortations and challenges Paul puts before us in this passage (There are at least a dozen!). Why are each of these important as we function as a body and use our gifts together?
      7. What is one of these exhortations that you feel reflects the way you serve and live? Take a moment to share and celebrate this area where God is growing you and working in you.
      8. What is one of these exhortations that you feel you need to hear and adopt into your life? How can your group members encourage you in your effort to grow in this area of your life?

Weekly Reading :: 2.16.14

On February 15, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPsalm 119:1-64
MondayPsalm 119:65-128
TuesdayPsalm 119:129-176
WednesdayRomans 6
ThursdayMatthew 28 , & Acts 1
Friday1 Corinthians 12 & Romans 12
SaturdayPhilippians 4

Shockwaves – Week 6
“Change the Whole World with One Powerful Word”

Memorize/Reflect:  “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

Prayer Direction:  Pray the many names of Jesus and Praise God for each of them. Begin with Savior, Lord, King of Kings, Prince of Peace, Son of God, Son of Man, Bread of Life, the Vine, and keep on going through names given in the Bible. Thank Him for what each of these names teaches you about Him and your relationship with God because of who Jesus is. Also, pray that the light, love, and grace of Jesus will shine through your life so others will know the power and salvation that comes through His name.

“Live It!” Challenge – Impact List : Make a list of people in your life who do not yet know the love and grace of Jesus. Pray for them each day, for the next month. Ask God to open and soften their hearts to the gospel. Also, pray that you will be gentle, yet bold, in sharing your story of faith, and the good news of Jesus.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Read: Matthew 9:35-38 . In this passage Jesus uses the image of a harvest and harvesters. The harvest is people who have not yet come to faith in Jesus Christ. The harvesters are those who already know Jesus and are called to go out and share his love and message. What does Jesus teach about the harvest and those who are sent to bring it in?
      2. Read: The introduction to chapter sixteen about people who say, “What about us? Don’t forget us!” (Pages 229-232) What can happen to a church that spends all its time and energy caring for those who are already in God’s family and neglects those outside?
      3. One of the ways we make the shift from focusing on ourselves to caring for the world is by remembering what we have because of Jesus. Work as a Growth Group to make a list of the enduring things we receive when we become children of God through faith in Jesus.As followers of Jesus these are some of the things we have that will last forever:








        What do those who are not followers of Jesus have that is of eternal value?

      4. How should the two lists above impact the way we set priorities in our lives and in the church?
      5. What were some of the risks Jesus took to reach out to people who were outcasts, lost and wandering like sheep without a shepherd? What were some of the consequences of the risks Jesus took?
      6. Reaching out to those who are not followers of Jesus can be messy and costly. But, it is always worth the investment when God brings in a harvest of people who come to faith in Jesus. What risk is God calling you to take so that you can share his love more effectively? What risks might God be calling your church to take?
      7. Part of entering into God’s call to reach the world is learning to get out of the church and live beyond our comfortable Christian circles. This happens as we enter into the lives and worlds of those who do not know Jesus as the leader of their lives. What is one step you can take to connect more closely in your community and with those outside of God’s family?
      8. Read: 1 Peter 3:15 & Matthew 5:13-16. Every person who follows Jesus is called to let their light shine. Our lives are to be like salt that causes people to thirst for the living water that only Jesus can offer. We are to be prepared to tell others about the hope we have in Jesus Christ. But, we each do this in different ways…with styles that are unique to us. Discovering your evangelism style is like trying on an outfit. Some fit and others don’t. The key is that we try various evangelism styles until we find one that fits us. In chapter seventeen of Seismic Shifts we looked at six distinct evangelism styles. They are:
        • Confrontational (Like Peter in Acts 2)
        • Intellectual (Like Paul in Acts 17)
        • Testimonial (Like the blind man in John 9)
        • Interpersonal (Like Matthew in Luke 5)
        • Invitational (Like the woman at the well in John 4)
        • Serving (Like Dorcas in Acts 9)
        Tell about how you have tried on one or more of these styles. Which one do you think fits you best?
      9. Read: The introduction to chapter eighteen about Patches the dog (Page 253-254) Most of us have met people who have tried to force the message of Jesus down our throat like a tablespoon of caster oil. We have also known people who have walked with us in a patient and loving relationship and shared Jesus in the natural flow of the relationship. Describe how you feel these two approaches to evangelism impact those who are not yet followers of Jesus.
      10. Read: 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 What is our part in the process of evangelism and what is God’s part? How can a clear understanding of our role in evangelism lead to confidence, peace and freedom?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayPsalm 119:1-64
MondayPsalm 119:65-128
TuesdayPsalm 119:129-176
WednesdayRomans 6
ThursdayMatthew 28 , & Acts 1
Friday1 Corinthians 12 & Romans 12
SaturdayPhilippians 4

Shockwaves – Week 6
“Change the Whole World with One Powerful Word”

Memorize/Reflect:  “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

Prayer Direction:  Pray the many names of Jesus and Praise God for each of them. Begin with Savior, Lord, King of Kings, Prince of Peace, Son of God, Son of Man, Bread of Life, the Vine, and keep on going through names given in the Bible. Thank Him for what each of these names teaches you about Him and your relationship with God because of who Jesus is. Also, pray that the light, love, and grace of Jesus will shine through your life so others will know the power and salvation that comes through His name.

“Live It!” Challenge – Impact List : Make a list of people in your life who do not yet know the love and grace of Jesus. Pray for them each day, for the next month. Ask God to open and soften their hearts to the gospel. Also, pray that you will be gentle, yet bold, in sharing your story of faith, and the good news of Jesus.

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Read: Matthew 9:35-38 . In this passage Jesus uses the image of a harvest and harvesters. The harvest is people who have not yet come to faith in Jesus Christ. The harvesters are those who already know Jesus and are called to go out and share his love and message. What does Jesus teach about the harvest and those who are sent to bring it in?
      2. Read: The introduction to chapter sixteen about people who say, “What about us? Don’t forget us!” (Pages 229-232) What can happen to a church that spends all its time and energy caring for those who are already in God’s family and neglects those outside?
      3. One of the ways we make the shift from focusing on ourselves to caring for the world is by remembering what we have because of Jesus. Work as a Growth Group to make a list of the enduring things we receive when we become children of God through faith in Jesus.As followers of Jesus these are some of the things we have that will last forever:








        What do those who are not followers of Jesus have that is of eternal value?

      4. How should the two lists above impact the way we set priorities in our lives and in the church?
      5. What were some of the risks Jesus took to reach out to people who were outcasts, lost and wandering like sheep without a shepherd? What were some of the consequences of the risks Jesus took?
      6. Reaching out to those who are not followers of Jesus can be messy and costly. But, it is always worth the investment when God brings in a harvest of people who come to faith in Jesus. What risk is God calling you to take so that you can share his love more effectively? What risks might God be calling your church to take?
      7. Part of entering into God’s call to reach the world is learning to get out of the church and live beyond our comfortable Christian circles. This happens as we enter into the lives and worlds of those who do not know Jesus as the leader of their lives. What is one step you can take to connect more closely in your community and with those outside of God’s family?
      8. Read: 1 Peter 3:15 & Matthew 5:13-16. Every person who follows Jesus is called to let their light shine. Our lives are to be like salt that causes people to thirst for the living water that only Jesus can offer. We are to be prepared to tell others about the hope we have in Jesus Christ. But, we each do this in different ways…with styles that are unique to us. Discovering your evangelism style is like trying on an outfit. Some fit and others don’t. The key is that we try various evangelism styles until we find one that fits us. In chapter seventeen of Seismic Shifts we looked at six distinct evangelism styles. They are:
        • Confrontational (Like Peter in Acts 2)
        • Intellectual (Like Paul in Acts 17)
        • Testimonial (Like the blind man in John 9)
        • Interpersonal (Like Matthew in Luke 5)
        • Invitational (Like the woman at the well in John 4)
        • Serving (Like Dorcas in Acts 9)
        Tell about how you have tried on one or more of these styles. Which one do you think fits you best?
      9. Read: The introduction to chapter eighteen about Patches the dog (Page 253-254) Most of us have met people who have tried to force the message of Jesus down our throat like a tablespoon of caster oil. We have also known people who have walked with us in a patient and loving relationship and shared Jesus in the natural flow of the relationship. Describe how you feel these two approaches to evangelism impact those who are not yet followers of Jesus.
      10. Read: 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 What is our part in the process of evangelism and what is God’s part? How can a clear understanding of our role in evangelism lead to confidence, peace and freedom?

Weekly Reading | 2.9.14

On February 8, 2014, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 9:35-38, & Matthew 28
MondayActs 1
TuesdayActs 2
Wednesday1 Corinthians 15
ThursdayPhilippians 1
Friday1 Corinthians 3
SaturdayLuke 15

Shockwaves – Week 5
“Get Rich Quick and Stay Rich”

Memorize/Reflect:  “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:20-21)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for every material thing you have, both small and large. Take time to acknowledge that all the things you have are a gift from His hand. Then, offer them back to God. Let Him know that you are willing to share them with Him, or anyone He calls you to share with.

“Live It!” Challenge – God’s Stuff: Take time this week to walk through your house, apartment, or wherever you live and put a little sticker that says, “God’s Stuff” on everything you have. Either do this with actual stickers and let this be a reminder that all you have is a gift. Or, simply make a mental note as you look at each thing and say, “This is God’s stuff, and I will treat it that way!”

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Read: The introduction to section five of Seismic Shifts about the money monster (pages 184-185). How have you seen the damage of the money monster in one of the following areas:
        • In our culture
        • In the church
        • In your life
        • In the life of someone you love (please do not use names)
      2. Read: Matthew 6:19-21 Matthew 24 & 1 Timothy 6:10. How is Jesus’ view of material things in opposition to our cultures view of things?
      3. Read: Malachi 3:8-12 . What does God ask and what does he promise in this passage?
      4. Read:The story about Dustin in the introduction to chapter thirteen (Pages 187-188). Tell about a person in your life who has been a Smarties hero and modeled a lifestyle of joyful generosity.
      5. What are some of the things that cause us to hold onto our Smarties and not share them?
      6. Read:  The section in Seismic Shifts titled “What is a tithe or tithing?” (Page 195). If we truly believed that everything we have belongs to God, how might this change the way we use these resources?
      7. Read: The introduction to chapter fourteen in Seismic Shifts (Page 202-203). How do you see the hamster spirit at work in the world today?
      8. Read: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 . What does this passage teach us about God’s part in giving and our part?
      9. Read: Matthew 6:19-21 & 1 Timothy 6:17-19. What are the differences between earthly wealth and heavenly wealth?
      10. What is one step you can take to invest more intentionally in things that will last forever?

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Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayMatthew 9:35-38, & Matthew 28
MondayActs 1
TuesdayActs 2
Wednesday1 Corinthians 15
ThursdayPhilippians 1
Friday1 Corinthians 3
SaturdayLuke 15

Shockwaves – Week 5
“Get Rich Quick and Stay Rich”

Memorize/Reflect:  “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:20-21)

Prayer Direction:  Thank God for every material thing you have, both small and large. Take time to acknowledge that all the things you have are a gift from His hand. Then, offer them back to God. Let Him know that you are willing to share them with Him, or anyone He calls you to share with.

“Live It!” Challenge – God’s Stuff: Take time this week to walk through your house, apartment, or wherever you live and put a little sticker that says, “God’s Stuff” on everything you have. Either do this with actual stickers and let this be a reminder that all you have is a gift. Or, simply make a mental note as you look at each thing and say, “This is God’s stuff, and I will treat it that way!”

Growth Group Discussion: 

      1. Read: The introduction to section five of Seismic Shifts about the money monster (pages 184-185). How have you seen the damage of the money monster in one of the following areas:
        • In our culture
        • In the church
        • In your life
        • In the life of someone you love (please do not use names)
      2. Read: Matthew 6:19-21 Matthew 24 & 1 Timothy 6:10. How is Jesus’ view of material things in opposition to our cultures view of things?
      3. Read: Malachi 3:8-12 . What does God ask and what does he promise in this passage?
      4. Read:The story about Dustin in the introduction to chapter thirteen (Pages 187-188). Tell about a person in your life who has been a Smarties hero and modeled a lifestyle of joyful generosity.
      5. What are some of the things that cause us to hold onto our Smarties and not share them?
      6. Read:  The section in Seismic Shifts titled “What is a tithe or tithing?” (Page 195). If we truly believed that everything we have belongs to God, how might this change the way we use these resources?
      7. Read: The introduction to chapter fourteen in Seismic Shifts (Page 202-203). How do you see the hamster spirit at work in the world today?
      8. Read: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 . What does this passage teach us about God’s part in giving and our part?
      9. Read: Matthew 6:19-21 & 1 Timothy 6:17-19. What are the differences between earthly wealth and heavenly wealth?
      10. What is one step you can take to invest more intentionally in things that will last forever?
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