This is Us 2019

This is Us - Part 4

As believers, we are recipients of God's generosity to us through His son Jesus. As such, we should be the most generous people in the world. In order to be generous we must understand that we are not owners of anything, but stewards. So the questions becomes, how do we steward well and invest in God's kingdom?

ACTION STEP: Read Matt. 6:21. Take a close look at your budget this week and make a commitment to regularly invest in God's kingdom.

Text:

Luke 12:13–21, Matthew 25:14–29

Big Ideas:

* Roughly 25% of Jesus’ teaching was about money, possessions, finances, etc...

* Giving is not really a money issue, it’s a heart issue (Matt. 6:21).

* When it comes to giving, it’s not what God wants from you, it’s what God wants for

you.

* Everything Jesus says about money is built upon the foundation that we’re not owners

of anything, but stewards.

* We steward well through generosity rather than hoarding.

* We steward well through investment rather than protecting.

Questions:

1. What was most interesting or encouraging to you about the sermon this week?

2. What was most challenging to you about the sermon this week?

3. If we can agree that we’re called to be generous, what are some obstacles to

generosity that we need to be aware of and avoid?

4. Read Luke 12:13–21. What does it mean to be rich toward God? What are some ways

we can do that?

5. Read Matthew 25:14–29. As the parable begins (v. 15) says that the master gave

talents “to each according to his ability.” What does this mean? What can we learn

from this? How can we increase our “ability” when it comes to stewarding money?

6. The action step this week was to take a look at your budget and make a commitment

to regularly invest in God’s kingdom. Have you had a chance to do this? How do you

regularly invest in God’s kingdom?

This is Us - Part 3

As believers, we are recipients of God's generosity to us through His son Jesus. As such, we should be the most generous people in the world. In order to be generous we must understand that we are not owners of anything, but stewards. So the questions becomes, how do we steward well and invest in God's kingdom?

ACTION STEP: Read Matt. 6:21. Take a close look at your budget this week and make a commitment to regularly invest in God's kingdom.

Text:

Luke 12:13–21, Matthew 25:14–29

Big Ideas:

* Roughly 25% of Jesus’ teaching was about money, possessions, finances, etc...

* Giving is not really a money issue, it’s a heart issue (Matt. 6:21).

* When it comes to giving, it’s not what God wants from you, it’s what God wants for

you.

* Everything Jesus says about money is built upon the foundation that we’re not owners

of anything, but stewards.

* We steward well through generosity rather than hoarding.

* We steward well through investment rather than protecting.

Questions:

1. What was most interesting or encouraging to you about the sermon this week?

2. What was most challenging to you about the sermon this week?

3. If we can agree that we’re called to be generous, what are some obstacles to

generosity that we need to be aware of and avoid?

4. Read Luke 12:13–21. What does it mean to be rich toward God? What are some ways

we can do that?

5. Read Matthew 25:14–29. As the parable begins (v. 15) says that the master gave

talents “to each according to his ability.” What does this mean? What can we learn

from this? How can we increase our “ability” when it comes to stewarding money?

6. The action step this week was to take a look at your budget and make a commitment

to regularly invest in God’s kingdom. Have you had a chance to do this? How do you

regularly invest in God’s kingdom?

This is Us - Part 1 - Community

Salvation isn't just about believing some things in your heart so that you can go to heaven. Salvation is also about joining a family (community) of faith where you're on mission together building the Kingdom of God. Community is essential to being a Christ follower for several reasons and there is an inseparable link between your faith in Jesus and your love for his family (the Church).

Text:

Ephesians 4:11–16, Hebrews 10:24–25, I Corinthians 12:4–7, 14–20, and 27,

Colossians 3:12–17 and Ephesians 5:25–27

Big Ideas:

•Salvation is not just about you believing some things so that you can go to

heaven when you die. It is also about belonging to a family (community) of faith

where you’re on mission together building the Kingdom of God.

•The family (community) of faith is essential for...

1. Spiritual growth and maturity (discipleship/sanctification)

2. Accountability

3. Utilizing spiritual gifts (ministry/service)

4. Putting into practice the things God calls us to live out... your daily

Christian life/walk.

•Jesus’ love and commitment to the church should compel us to love and be

committed to the church as well.

Questions:

1. What was most interesting or encouraging to you about the sermon this week?

2. What was most challenging to you about the sermon this week?

3. What brought you to the small group you’re a part of?

4. What difference has small group made in your life or spiritual journey?

5. What hopes do you have for your small group moving forward?

6. The action step this week was to try out a small group or invite someone new

to yours. Obviously, if you’re reading this, you’re in one, but take some time and

discuss how your group can be really proactive in inviting people to join your

group.