Father’s Day – Discussion Guide
Every one of us is currently building a legacy that will continue after we are gone. But what kind of legacy is it?
What is the oldest building, statue, or structure that you have ever personally seen? How old is it? Has it been repaired much? How much thought and effort do you suppose went into building it? What condition is it in now? Does it still look impressive?
This week, Pastor Chris talked about the spiritual legacy all of us are currently building. It’s very easy for us to shrug our shoulders and think “Nothing lasts forever,” but the Bible says that isn’t really true—some decisions we make here do have eternal consequences. Some things last forever, and other things will not make it past the day God appointed to judge humanity.
Primary Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 3:5-15, Matthew 25:14-30, 2 Timothy 2:1-2
- In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul tries to explain how no believer is “more important” than any other believer. Some people God uses for one thing, and some people God uses for another (like Paul and his fellow preacher, Apollos). What God cares about is if we are joining in the work He has set before us to do (see verse 8). But then God gives us a very big warning through Paul’s writing: the things we do in this life will be judged by God with perfect judgment. Some of those things will last, and others will not. Talk with your group about the sorts of things that you think we should expect to see survive “the day” (as in “judgment day”) mentioned in verse 13.
Related to the first question, your group might want to talk about God’s concern with accomplishments compared to His concern with faithfulness. Do you think that God cares about “how faithful you are with what you have been given, no matter how much or how little it is”? (See Matthew 25:14-30 for a parable Jesus gives on this topic.) How much has God given to those in your group, in each member’s ability to speak, think, help, and love others? What do you see in your fellow group members, as well as yourself? Try to encourage each other with the blessings you see God having given to others, but also try to (lovingly!) nudge each other to try to use those gifts when you see a need.
- In 1 and 2 Timothy, Paul writes to a disciple that he regards as his own son (1Timothy 1:2), because of how Paul was involved in Timothy first trusting in Christ and later in his discipleship. Read 2 Timothy 2:1-2, If you were to win someone to Christ right this very moment, and they immediately watched and imitated you with 100% accuracy, would this fill you with a sense of joy, a sense of dread, or something else entirely? What sort of disciples are you making with the way you live your life?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Matthew 25:14-30 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.