Josh Haltom - Lead Pastor

The Rich Fool

Dig In Questions:

1) Which do you put more energy into - your relationship with God or your pursuit of wealth?

2) Read Luke 12:13-15. What was the brother's ultimate concern? How does Jesus's response (v 15) apply to your life?

3) Read Luke 12:16-21. Why do you think God speaks so harshly about the rich farmer's approach to life?

4) How will a person who is seeking God's riches live differently than a person who is working to accumulate money and possessions?

5) Based on this parable, what is it that you need to change or re-prioritize in your life?

Getting Right With God

Dig In Questions:

1) Read Matthew 7:1-2. Why do you believe that Jesus commands His followers to refrain from judging others?

2) Read Luke 18:9-14. Is there a group of individuals that Christians have gained an unfortunate reputation for despising? How can you extend love to them this week?

3) What do you think Jesus was hoping to get people to realize by telling the parable of the Tax Collector and Pharisee?

4) Read Ephesians 2:8-9. In your own words, how would you portray this message to a non-believer or to someone who was unfamiliar with the Bible?

5) Would you consider yourself someone who fully rests in what Jesus did for you on the cross or do you find yourself needing to earn favor with God? What do you need to do to rely more fully on the grace of Christ?

Persistence In Prayer

Dig In Questions:

Read Luke 18:1-8

1) Has there been a time in your life when you have experienced the power of doing something persistently?

2) Why do you think that Jesus put such an emphasis on teaching his followers the importance of prayer?

3) Time and time again throughout scripture, we see God’s command for His people to care about the oppressed. What does this communicate about the heart of God?

4) How can persistence in our prayer life help to deepen our relationship with Jesus?

5) Read 2 Corinthians 12:8-10. How did God display His love for Paul by not answering his prayer?

6) What do you need to do or reprioritize in order to have a greater prayer life?

How Much Do You Value Christ?

Dig In Questions:

1) Jesus spoke in parables in order to give individuals a better understanding of the Kingdom of God. What does this say about Jesus's care for his followers?

2) Read Matthew 13:44-46. When it comes to how you met Jesus, would you compare yourself more to the man who wasn’t searching, yet found a treasure or the merchant who was seeking out the pearl of great value?

3) Read Psalm 84:10. Put yourself in the author's (David) shoes. How could serving God be better than what our culture considers “the good life”?

4) Read Jeremiah 29:13. Has there been a desperate time in your life when you looked for God wholeheartedly and found Him? How has this impacted your faith?

5) Read Philippians 3:8. Does your life reflect the sentiment of this scripture? If not, what do you need to remove from your life in order to have a better relationship with Christ?

6) What do you need to do in order to follow Christ more faithfully? Share this with someone and ask that they hold you accountable.

How To Deploy Your Spiritual Gift(s)

Dig In Questions:

1) Read Ephesians 6:12. How often do you think about this battle? What role do you believe spiritual gifts play in it?

2) In his book The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis discusses how one of Satan’s goals is to make Christians apathetic about their faith. What characteristics do you believe are reflected in spiritual apathy? How can spiritual gifts fight against this?

3) Theologian David Wells once wrote, “The Church has become a place to come and receive religious services and goods. If people’s needs are not met, they will begin Church shopping.” What are some ways you’ve seen consumerism creep into the American Church?

4) Read Matthew 20:1-16. What principles of this parable can you directly apply to your life?

5) Read Matthew 9:35-38. Do you believe that there are any valid reasons for the “workers to be few”/not using the spiritual gift that God has given you?

6) How do you plan to use your spiritual gifts to build up the body of Christ (The Church)? Contact to get plugged in!