This week's Small Group Guide is composed of questions from this week's GPS Guide. The questions relate to the Scripture for that particular day. You can download the full week's GPS as a printable document for the context of each question below (in the printable version, the recommended small group questions are marked with a special bullet point.)
Verses 34-35 urged us to examine the health of our eyes—not just physical, but spiritual. Jesus' enemies blinded themselves spiritually by refusing to consider any evidence that didn’t fit what they wanted to be true. In what ways has God brought new light to your mind, to your ways of thinking, over the last year?
In verse 34, Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be too.” True security and satisfaction, he taught, came from prioritizing our connection with God even over important externals like food, clothing, or material possessions. How does Jesus’ teaching challenge the messages our culture sends about how much security and satisfaction “stuff” can bring you?
Jesus' words about bringing division rather than peace (12:51-53) may strike us as odd. Isn’t Jesus “the prince of peace”? Yes—but his kingdom’s principles (including peace) were so unlike the world’s that he knew at times division would follow. Have family members, friends or co-workers ever misunderstood or criticized choices you’ve made based on your loyalty to God?
Someone asked an abstract question: “Lord, will only a few be saved?” (verse 23) Jesus’ answer was completely personal. The Message rendered it as “Whether few or many is none of your business. Put your mind on your life with God. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires your total attention.”* Do abstract religious questions ever distract you from a focus on your own relationship with God? What spiritual practices most help you keep things personal with God?
* Peterson, Eugene H. The Message Numbered Edition Hardback. Navpress. Kindle Edition.
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