- Life Stages
(Intent: These verses describe everything as coming from God and are ultimately His. Contrast the difference between a cultural (carnal) mindset and a Biblical (spiritual) mindset. Consider the gut reaction of your heart when you give – is there rejoicing or dejection?)
(Intent: Examples may include talents, time, possessions, finances, natural abilities, spiritual gifts, and relationships.)
(Intent: The Pharisee was basing his righteousness on the Law and his self-assessment, instead of God’s. He is also comparing himself to others who he thinks are below his status. In contrast, our motivation is to be God’s love poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.)
(Intent: Willingly, cheerfully, and from the heart. Also see 2 Corinthians 8:12 – generosity out of our abundance, not what we don’t have.)
(Intent: this may involve some good interaction and discussion. Have the group focus on heart issues rather than principles or externals.)
Give and get more, hoard and lose. Dying to self leads to life and selfish living leads to death. These paradoxes are common throughout scripture and many times stand in stark contrast to intuitive pursuits. Those who have put these scriptural truths to the test have known a life few others have. Join us this week in exploring the paradox of generous giving leading to prosperous living.
Sometimes special experiences have a way of snapping us back to reality more than a 1000 well-crafted words could ever do. Enter into one of those moments with Jillian Finkbeiner as she captures her last glorious moments with her mother.
"Great job!" "I am so proud of you!" "Way to go!" Some have known the power of these words spoken over them by a person they truly look up to. Expressions like "That's my boy!" or "That's my girl!" carry incredible significance in life. How much more the impact when God, the Creator of the Universe, rejoicingly speaks the words of "Well Done!" over you. This week's GROW Group Questions are a reflection on winning that moment with God.
Mine, mine, mine.... These words seem to repeatedly echo from the halls of households raising two and three year-olds. While many of us grew out of that language, not all of us grew out of that mindset. This week could be rewardingly uncomfortable as we examine whether 'mine' still has a place in our heart's language.
Gabe Lyons, a Bethel attendee, recently participated in an event where Mr. Irving Roth, a Holocaust survivor spoke. Mr. Roth delivered a pertinent message for all, quite possibly more relevant for our day than we realize.
Who hasn't struggled with jealousy and had it consume them at some point? If you can't avoid it, then what do you do to handle it in a way that isn't going to wreck you? Gain insight as we look into I Samuel chapter 18 this week and examine the life of David and Saul. Explore the implications of why Jonathan and David's relationship was so strong in this week's GROW Group questions.