Community Group Homework
For the week of January 25, 2016
THE OFFICIAL ALEX DINGMAN WARM UP QUESTIONS
1. Next week the Iowa Caucuses will take place. The best thing about that is:
a. The commercials will go away
b. A candidate for each party will be chosen
c. The national news will stop featuring a barn and silo in every story about Des Moines
d. Other _____________________________
2. The best place to get a tenderloin sandwich in Des Moines is…
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
1. What is your greatest ambition in life right now? What are you doing to pursue it? Is that ambition motivated at all by comparing yourself to others?
2. What has been the most fulfilling moment of your life to this point? Why?
King Solomon uses the word “meaningless” twenty-six times in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. Killing yourself with work – meaningless. Attaining great wisdom – meaningless. A life full of indulgence – meaningless. Wealth and status -meaningless. In the context of what Solomon is saying, you could substitute the word “unfulfilling” for “meaningless”.
In Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 Solomon wrote:
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.
– Why do you think Solomon found so many things in his life to be meaningless or futile?
– Do you think that people today experience that same sense of futility? Why or why not?
– Can you think of something that you were sure would bring completion to your life, but ended up leaving you feeling unfulfilled? What did you learn about yourself or about life from that experience?
Have someone in your group read Mathew 6:25-34 from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
– What does Jesus say we shouldn’t worry about in this passage? Why does Jesus say we don’t need to worry about them?
In verse 33, Jesus says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
– How do we “seek God’s kingdom” first in our lives? What do you think that looks like in the day-to-day of our lives?
– How does a life centered on Christ give meaning and bring fulfillment to us?
Final Question: How can our group pray with you this week?