Working & Waiting • West Campus
After reading Luke 18:18-30 and watching the sermon recap video, discuss your relationship with work. In what ways do you tend to overwork and/or underwork?
The big idea from Sunday was that work is a good thing created by God for His glory, our joy, and the good of others. While Jesus finished the work of redeeming us from sin, he continues the work of changing our hearts bringing freedom to our work. In Jesus’ death he overcomes our sinfulness, selfishness and stinginess in regards to our time, treasure and talent. Jesus resurrected offering new life and hope to all who would believe giving us the freedom to be generous with our time, treasure and talent for His glory and the good of others. We no longer have to work as if everything depends on us, because Jesus meets our greatest need of salvation, by overcoming our greatest problem of sin, providing for our greatest desire of security. Pastor Matt mentioned three practical implications of this truth; we should work diligently with integrity, we should earn abundantly to give generously, and we should wait temporally for treasure eternally.
Work diligently with integrity
How does your understanding of work as a good gift, and not a curse affect the way you work? What is your motivation for working? How does this reflect God’s good design for work?
How have you experienced fear or anxiety in relationship to the amount of money you make as compensation for your work? In what ways have you been sinful to your co-workers or family in pursuit of advancement within your career?
Earn abundantly to give generously
We should feel the freedom to earn as much as we possibly can, so that we can give away as much as we can. How has your generosity increased as your income has increased?
In what ways does your current giving cause you to sacrifice? What are some things that could be sacrificed to enable us to be more generous?
Wait temporally for treasure eternally
The Christian is called to “store up treasure in heaven”, which means we have an eternal perspective on our work and money In what ways do you find yourselves pursuing instant gratification with our work and money? What would patient waiting look like?
In what ways are you currently investing in the eternal Kingdom of God? What could you do to be able to invest more for the Kingdom of God?
Community Leaders - lease take the time to read this to your group in person, and be sure to provide it to them digitally by posting this on your facebook group or by emailing it. Thanks!
As we were heading into this sermon series, the Pastors and creative team really wanted to provide an interactive element to help encourage the missional living that our church is committed to. Below you’ll find a few instructions to outline an experience we’ve put together that will encourage that endeavor.
1. Reflect on your recent spending habits or on something that you've been wanting to buy for yourself. (What’s in your Amazon wishlist? How many cappuccinos are you buying a week? Are all the avocado toasts starting to put a dent in your “eating out” budget?)
2. Create a list of the things that come to mind and then select one that stands out to you.
3. As you go through the week, take the money you would have spent on that thing and place it in the envelope (or keep a tab on the back of this paper).
4. Reflect and pray through ways that you can repurpose that money for Kingdom growth. You do NOT have to give it to Missio (we’d actually prefer that you don’t) -- get creative! If you’d like, you can even pool your money with your group to make a larger impact in your neighborhood. (Some examples might be: Take someone that’s been on your heart out to dinner. Buy groceries for a struggling colleague. Bless a ministry or organization that you’re involved in anonymously.)
5. Share your experience with your Missio Community and with the hashtag #MissioMoney