Our worry is directly related to our understanding of eternity. Have you developed a sense of an eternal value system? Because once you do, it dilutes any sense of worry and fear.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What was one thing about this message that you found particularly compelling, encouraging, challenging, or beneficial?
- What kinds of things do you tend to worry about?
- Read and discuss Matthew 6: 19-21, 25-34 and Ecclesiastes 5:10-15. What do these verses tell us about us? What do they tell us about God?
- In what ways is this text pointing us to an eternal value system?
- Are there aspects of this text that you find difficult to believe and/or live out? Why?
- Discuss the following statements: “We worry most about what we cherish most.” “Every mind has a parking space for worry, and most of us are double parked.” “Our worry is directly related to our understanding of eternity.” What does these statements mean? What are the implications?
- How does fear give birth to worry? How have you observed this in others? How does it tend to play out in your life?
- What does it mean to “seek first the kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33)? How does the gospel of Jesus empower us to connect this to daily life?
- Spend some time in prayer for the things you’ve discussed. Pray that the Lord would allow you to lay down your temporary worries so you can live freely through the eternal value system into which Jesus has purchased your entry.