Dark Materials Week 3 – Discussion Guide
Main Idea: Where is the abundance? God wants you full, and the enemy wants you empty. John 10:10 says that the devil comes only to steal and kill and destroy; Jesus came so that we may have life and have it abundantly. But what is abundance?
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Discussion Starter: Where do you feel like you have enough? Where do you feel like you need more? What are you seeking to satisfy yourself with?
Primary Scriptures: John 1:10, Matthew 7:7-11, Matthew 4:1-4
- Read John 10:10. Look up the definition of abundant. Describe the abundant life as Christ intended for His faithful followers.
- Consider the “abundance” in your life based on this verse. What holds you back from fully living the abundant life in Christ? How will you ask God to take away the lies of scarcity mindset Pastor mentioned so that you can grab hold of what God freely longs to give – an abundant life.
- Read Matthew 7:7-11. We learned that abundance comes from God along and with a hearty helping of asking. In these verses Jesus is instructing on prayer. What are the three verbs He mentions? Has there been a time where God has allowed you to persist in prayer? What did God teach you in that time?
- Read Matthew 4:1-4. Here Jesus powerfully refuted the temptations of Satan by using truth from Scripture. Pastor warned us to “feast” on God’s Word so that we are filled with His truth. If we aren’t full of His truth, the enemy slinks in, making us think that filling ourselves with things of this world will satisfy. How are people tempted in similar ways today? How can you use God’s Word to overcome inner conflicts and refuse temptation? Read 1 Corinthians 10:13 to help you with this response.
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Matthew 7:7-11 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Engaging at Faith Promise: Promisors can fully embrace the abundant life in Christ by diving deeply into His Word. Consider jumping into our church-wide Bible reading plan. You don’t have to start at the beginning, just click on this link daily: https://faithpromise.org/bible-plan
In addition, mark your calendars for March 7th, 9:00 AM. At each campus we will have another Saturday Prayer Gathering. Acts 2:42: “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer”. James 5:16b: “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”
Engaging in Community and the World: Faith Promise supports many local charities, and Knox Area Rescue Ministries is one of them. Consider serving in one of their stores as a group! When you serve there or take a donation to one of their centers and mention Faith Promise, KARM gives the church gift cards to give to people in need.