Shadow of a Doubt Week 5 – Discussion Guide
Main Idea: Worshiping God eventually leads to imitating God, which means giving with gladness.
Discussion Starter: What’s the most impressive gift you’ve ever seen given to someone else? (In person, not on YouTube!)
Introduction: This week, Pastor Chris talked about the spiritual forces that are behind our own desires, and how Jesus said that humans tend toward serving either God or Mammon — but never both. (If you didn’t make it to the service, “Mammon” is an Aramaic word for “riches,” but was also the Chaldean name for their god of riches.)
Another important word to define is “worship.” Worship doesn’t mean singing or praying. Worship literally means “worth-ship” – or “to consider something of worth or value.” When we value something, our lives tend toward centering around it. Moreover, if we maintain our valuation of it, the very person we are changes, too.
Primary Scriptures: Luke 16:10-13
- Read Luke16:10-13. In verse 10, Jesus says that if someone isn’t faithful with a little, they aren’t faithful with a lot. And in the same way, someone that is faithful with little is faithful with a lot. Can you think of a time in your life when you’ve seen this in person?
- In verse 11, Jesus mentions “unrighteous mammon” and “true riches.” What do you think he means by those words?
- Still in verse 11, what would it mean to be faithful with the unrighteous mammon?
- What is it that you value in your life? Would someone who didn’t know you be able to tell?
- If someone managed to see all the money you’ve ever spent, and that was the only thing they could ever see about you, what sort of conclusions would they come to about what you value?
- Like #5, but with time spent, instead of money. What would someone think you value?
- When you think about people you admire, is there anyone on that list who is generous? Do you tend to admire people who “give their all?”
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Luke 4:14-21 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.