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.)
Based on passages like today’s in Psalm 50, preachers or writers may say, “God owns everything. None of it is truly ours.” In the same vein, Jesus described what he called “worldly wealth” in Luke 16:11 as “someone else’s property” in verse 12. How might it alter your life to take that seriously? Would you drive God’s car the same way you do “yours”? Would you watch different things on God’s TV or computer? Would you spend God’s money any differently than you do “yours”?
Does the master’s way of paying the workers in this story feel unfair to you? “It was not unfair, of course. No one was underpaid; it was just that some received ‘unreasonable’ generosity. That is what the kingdom of heaven is like.”* In 2 Corinthians 5:21, Paul said Christ was treated as we deserved, and we are treated as he deserved. In what ways does that “unfair” exchange deepen your gratitude for Christ’s generosity?
Some think following Jesus only means giving up bad habits, learning large amounts of Scripture, or other “religious” acts. Jesus said those who inherit his kingdom live as his physical presence to meet the needs of the human family he loves. How can you bless Jesus, day to day, by actively working to help meet some of the needs in your family, neighborhood, at work, or in the world at large?
Paul’s specific focus was an offering from Gentile Christians to support suffering Jewish Christians in Jerusalem. Yet he kept talking about what God gives us: “everything you need always,” “every kind of grace” and “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous in every way.” When (if ever) has a gift “left you speechless,” with no words to fully describe it? How would you compare that feeling your response to God’s gift(s) of which Paul spoke?
* R. T. France, article “Matthew” in New Bible Commentary, 21st Century Edition. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1994, p. 930.
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