Community Group Homework
For the week of April 23, 2017
1. When you were a kid, what was your “dream job?”
2. What is your favorite board game or card game?
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
This week we began a new series called “No Regrets” that is about living our lives today in a way that will leave us with fewer or no regrets at the end of our lives. Bronnie Ware, an Australian hospice nurse, wrote a book about the ve greatest regrets of the dying. The biggest regret she encountered was people not living true to themselves. Instead, they felt they lived the lives that others or culture expected of them.
– What are some of the factors that cause people to live for the expectations of others rather than being true to themselves?
– When is a time in your life that you felt pressure to live for someone else’s expectations? Have you ever projected your expectations onto someone else? How did that go?
Have someone read Matthew 25:14-30.
– What point was Jesus trying to make with this story He told His followers?
– What are the differences between the servants who were entrusted with ve and two bags and the servant who was entrusted with one?
– What are some of the things that God has entrusted you with?
– What do you think it means to invest what God has entrusted you with?
– What are some of the barriers that or in uences that can cause us to “bury” what God has entrusted us with? How can we overcome those in uences?
#1 regret of the dying: “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
– When you hear that statement, what is your reaction? Why do you think so many people have that regret?
– What do you think it means to “live true to yourself”?
– How does living true to yourself relate to living out God’s purposes for your life? Do you feel those two ideas compliment or con ict with each other? Why?
– How can submitting ourselves to Christ and His will free us to live true to ourselves?
Have someone read Matthew 25:31-46, which is the story Jesus told right after the story of the three servants.
– What does this story tell us about how Christ expects us to use the life that He has entrusted us with?
– What are some ways that we can invest what God entrusts us with in a way that serves “the least of these?” What do you think will make God say, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” one day?
WRAPPING IT UP
On Sunday we read the Billy Graham quote that said, “There are a thousand things you can do with your life; a thousand ways you can spend it. But how many of them will enable you to say at the end of your life: ‘No reserve, no retreat, no regrets?’”
If there is an area in your life where you need to live true to who you are and who God is calling you to be, how can we pray with you about that?
Are there any needs that we can pray for tonight?