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Message Notes and Group Questions

Luke 12:15 - “Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.”

Luke 12:16-21 - “And He told them a parable, saying, ‘The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

Luke 12:22-34 - “And He said to His disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Psalm 62:10 - “Though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.”

Ezekiel 33:31 - “My people come to You, as they usually do, and sit before You to hear Your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain.”

Luke 21:1-4 - “Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and He saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And He said, ‘Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’”

“That’s why the widow who only gave two small copper coins was honored for her generosity. She gave less than anybody else, but she kept nothing for herself. That’s why Jesus honored the little boy who gave five loaves and two fish. It wasn’t much, but it was everything he had.” (Mark Batterson)

“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” (Mark Batterson)

#BLESSweek

Q1: Notes

Q2: Is there something inside of you that just wants to be a part of something bigger than yourself?

Q3: What has been your experience with this week's blessing opportunity? Is there something we want to do together as a group to bless someone?

Read Luke 12:15

Q4: What are some ways to guard against covetousness?

Read Luke 12:16-21

Q5: Ironically, the man who took such great care to prepare for his own (earthly) needs turns out to be a fool. Instead of fulfilling his moral responsibility to care for the needs of others, he is rebuked for laying up treasure for himself and for not being rich toward God. What are your struggles with the seductive tendency of wealth toward complacency and self-sufficiency?

Read Luke 12:22-34

Q6: Fear and anxiety cause us to want to hold out on God. How do you overcome this kind of fear and anxiety?

Read Psalm 62:10

Q7: How can you keep wealth and success from distracting you from blessing others?

Q8: The laws of sowing and reaping and sharing and being a blessing to others should be continuously practiced. How can you build the rhythm of blessing others in your life and the life of your group?

Read Luke 21:1-4

Q9: Paul said, "In the Jesus movement, giving and generosity is not measured by how much you give, it is measured in how much you keep." Pray for God to help you evaluate your life in light of this statement and to help show you what steps you need to take moving forward.

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