Weave a beautiful tapestry; live a life with the end in sight, one that honors God and His Kingdom.
Share with your group someone you know who left (or is leaving) a lasting legacy. Who do you know who has woven a beautiful tapestry of life?
This week, Pastor Chris continued in our series “Kingdom Come” with the third sermon entitled “Tapestry.” He described the way a tapestry is made. The vertical strands, called warps, are not seen but they provide the stability to the piece, and the color comes from the horizontal strands, the wefts. He used the illustration to describe how we live our lives. Like the vertical threads, the Kingdom of God provides stability for us so our life is not warped! We can live a beautiful life and weave a tapestry that honors God when we bow our knee to Jesus and cross that drawbridge to the Father that only He can provide to save us from our sins. Pastor addressed the temptation that many of us face when the world of sin beckons us back to join in on the “fun”. This temptation makes us feel like we may be missing out, but the truth is the world does not know our King, or His love, or His peace, or His joy! The transformation a believer experiences is violent! The moment we surrender and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we reject this world and its ruler, Satan. But praying the prayer is not the end of the story, it is the beginning! We must surrender all. We cannot pray the sinners’ prayer and insist on being sovereign over our own lives. We must surrender ALL to His Lordship, and this includes our checkbook (tithing) and our time and our gifts (serving). Only when we do this are we able to weave a beautiful tapestry.
Read Matthew 6:33.
1.This is our theme verse for this series. What in your life competes for first priority and threatens to bump God out of first place? How do you keep God first?
Read Matthew 19:16-26.
2.This can be a difficult story for some readers. Why do you think Jesus told the rich, young man to sell everything and give it to the poor?
3. Should all Christ followers sell everything they own and give it to the poor?
4. From where does our money come? How should we view our money? Should we place our faith in it? How easily can you part with it? Is it painful, or is it a joy to give it away?
5. Share how God has transformed your life with regard to giving.
Read Matthew 11:12.
6. Pastor referred to this verse as one that has been often misinterpreted and misunderstood. The Crusaders, in particular, misused this verse in their quest to overthrow the Muslims and take back Jerusalem. They lost! Describe how a believer’s decision to follow Christ can be a “violent” choice. Have you experienced this in your own life? How so?
Read Romans 12:1-2.
7. In light of these verses, how can you protect yourself from the temptation of being drawn back into the moat, into the life of sin? What does it mean to be a living sacrifice for the Lord?
8. What motivates a believer to surrender all that we are and all that we have to God?
9. Share with each other ways you no longer conform to the patterns of this world. How is one’s mind renewed/transformed? In what ways has your mind been transformed and renewed?