Community Group Homework
For the week of April 11, 2016
1. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
2. If you had the option to attend a concert, a ballgame, a musical, or a movie, which would you choose?
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your
attention, challenged or confused you?
TALK ABOUT IT
One definition of sacrifice is: “To forfeit something for something else considered to have a greater value.”
– Can you think of a time when you sacrificed in that way? What was the result?
– Have you ever sacrificed for something that didn’t turn out the way that you had hoped? How did that make you feel?
In Matthew 16:24-27, Jesus is having a conversation with His disciples about what it means to follow Him. Matthew writes:
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.
– Jesus said that following Him involves self-denial. In your opinion, how does being a Christian (a Christ-follower) involve denying ourselves? What does it mean to “take up our cross”?
– What do you think it means to gain the whole world while you lose your own soul? Can you think of some examples in our current society of someone who seems to have gained it all but gotten lost in the process?
– Has there ever been a time in your life when you sacrificed for someone or something but felt that you actually gained more than you gave? Why do you feel that way?
In Luke 14, Jesus says,
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ 31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.
– When you count the cost of being a difference maker, what are some things that are barriers that you wrestle with?
WRAPPING IT UP
– “You can deny yourself now, or you can lose yourself later.” Is there something that Christ is asking you to put down so you can pick up something greater?
– How can our group pray for you this week?