True Wealth | Nov. 6, 2016

True Wealth 

Getting Started

  • We saw the rich young ruler live in reliance on other things rather than Jesus. What are some things that people rely on for joy, fulfillment, and satisfaction?
  • The rich young ruler represents reliance on things other than Jesus. What are some things that we see people doing that demonstrate their reliance on things or people rather than Jesus?

Sermon Recap

In our sermon series on Mark "Man of Prediction, God of Presence" Pastor Kurt talked about true wealth, from Mark 10:17-30. He kicked off the sermon talking about an interaction Jesus had with a rich young man who asked a question about what he needed to do to inherit eternal life. The rich young man for all intensive purposes was viewed by people as a pretty good guy. He had done many good things for people and had done a good job of keeping most of the Ten Commandments. Jesus tells the man that he lacks one thing and that he needed to go sell all that he had and give to the poor. Jesus was digging in and revealing where this mans reliance truly was placed. We summarized the sermon with three statements:

  • Spiritual Insight is not the same as readiness for eternal life.
  • Behind the facade of security is the reality of insecurity.
  • Reliance upon possessions, position, power, and people prevent us from receiving eternal life.

We learned that trusting in riches is dangerous, and trusting in Jesus is life-giving. Whether we have great abundance or feel as though we have given up everything, if it's not for the sake of gaining Christ we have nothing. Jesus is eternal, and things are temporal. The greatest enemies of our faith are pride and self-dependence. The pinnacle point of the sermon was the fact that Jesus gave up everything, to give us eternal life. 2 Corinthians 8:9 says "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich." In response to this gospel truth, we were encouraged with the declaration that true wealth is reliance upon Christ. Four questions were asked to help us process where our reliance is placed.

  • What possessions are you trusting?
    • What do you possess that keeps you from doing the work of the Kingdom?
  • What positions are you trusting?
    • What roles and positions is God requiring you to leave behind to advance His kingdom?
  • What powers are you trusting?
    • How much authority and power are you willing to give away to advance the Kingdom?
  • What people are you trusting?
    • What relationships are you a part of that are keeping you from trusting Jesus?

Community Discussion

  • What types of people do we see as the rich young ruler in our culture? In what ways do we struggle in seeing ourselves as the rich young ruler?
  • The rich young ruler represents reliance on things or people other than Jesus. What are some things that we do to demonstrate our reliance on things or people rather than Jesus?
  • In what ways are we preventing "rich young rulers" who are not a part of our community from being reliant on Jesus? What is our reliance on possessions, power, position, and people instead of Jesus demonstrating to the unbelieving around us?

Further Discussion

Discipleship

  • What types of people do you see as the rich young ruler in our culture? In what ways do you struggle to see yourself as the rich young ruler?
  • The rich young ruler represents reliance on things or people other than Jesus. What are some things that you do to demonstrate your reliance on things or people rather than Jesus?
  • The rich young ruler was unable to rely on Jesus because he relied on possessions, power, position, and people. How does your reliance on possessions, power, position and people affect the ways you rely on Jesus? What is your reliance on possessions, power, position and people instead of Jesus demonstrating to the unbelieving around you?

Family

  • The rich young ruler was unable to rely on Jesus because he relied on possessions, power, position, and people. How does your families reliance on possessions, power, position and people affect the ways your family relies on Jesus? What does your families reliance on possessions, power, position and people instead of Jesus demonstrating to the unbelieving families who live around you?
  • What are you teaching your children about relying on Jesus? In what ways are we demonstrating our reliance on possessions, position, power and people rather than our reliance on Jesus to our family?