He’s Bringing It With Him
1. Christ will be bringing rewards when He comes back. With that thought in mind, where is your focus? Is it on the temporal or the eternal?
2. Pastor Chris talked about the daily battle “who will we honor?”. Who is winning the battle of honor in your life?
3. Pastor Chris mentioned being “washed in the Word”. What does that mean? What’s the next step for you? How do you make the next step and routine?
4. Pastor Chris spoke of the devil stealing our seed. How does that happen? What does it look like? How do we prevent it?
5. We can lose our rewards. How does that make you feel? What is one thing that you did (or did not do) that may have caused you to loose a reward?
6. Are you more concerned about getting to heaven or the rewards you’ll receive?
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Malachi 3:14, 16-17
1 John 2:28
1 Corinthians 9:24-26
1 John 5:13
All You Own Is On Loan
1. Talk about the concepts “all you own is on loan” and “you are not your own, but you were bought with a price”. Are these concepts easy to grasp? When are they the easiest to understand? When are they difficult to remember or understand?
2. Pastor Chris debunked several myths on money, such as giving 10% allows you to spend the other 90% however you want. What myths have captured your attention? How are you doing as a steward of God’s stuff?
3. Matthew 25 talks about our being judged on our abilities, not by how we’ve done compared to anyone else. Is that good, bad, surprising, unsettling?
4. God is all about helping you reach your potential or maximizing your ministry? What steps has God taken to help you reach your potential? Where have you been found faithful or trustworthy? Where do you still need to grow?
5. Where is your treasure?
1 Thessalonians 5:11
1 Corinthians 4:2
Are You Sure?
1. Pastor Chris discussed the difference between a gift and a reward. You get rewards based on what you do, not what you ask. Describe a time when God has given something for which you asked (e.g., healing, blessing, wisdom)? Describe a time when God has given something as a reward?
2. Everything we do for God will be given back to us. Discuss your understanding of “misthos”, or wage, and “apodidomai”, to give back.
3. God wants to give rewards more than we want them. How does this impact your thinking of God? your willingness to earn a reward?
4. Pastor Chris listed seven things – when we seek Him, when we are submissive to those in authority, when we practice self denial, when we meet others needs, when we suffer for Him, when we sacrifice, when we share – for which God gives rewards. On what act do you need to work in order to increase your rewards?
5. Does the thought of standing before the judgement seat bring excitement or fear? Explain.
6. What would survive the test if you were before the seat today?
1 Timothy 5:18
2 Timothy 4:8
1 Corinthians 3:12-14
How Could We Miss This?
1. What is your favorite reward you have received?
2. Pastor Chris stated our destination (Heaven or Hell) is based on our beliefs, and our compensation or reward is based on our behavior. What is your reaction to that statement?
3. The Bible shows that our behavior on Earth affects our rewards in Heaven. How does this truth impact how you will live?
4. How important are rewards to God?
5. Everyone will give an account of what we did for God. Are you ready to give your account?
6. Will you be satisfied with “a cabin in the corner of glory” or do you want a mansion?
The Cry of the Lost
1. Pastor Chris said, “If we are burdened for the lost, we are in a dangerous environment.” How so?
2. Pastor Chris talked about hearing the cry of the lost. Do you hear it? In what environment or period of your life have you been able to hear more clearly than others?
3. Do you remember the fear, loneliness, and angst of being lost? If so, describe that feeling? If not, why have you forgotten?
4. Pastor Chris stated that witnessing to people is going into the Devil’s house to steal his possessions. Elaborate on this. Why is this true?
5. Who will you commit to invite to the July 4th celebration?
– Matthew 28:29
– Acts 1:8
– Luke 14:23
– 1 Timothy 2:4
– 2 Corinthians 5:17-20
– 2 Kings 7:9
– Matthew 28:18-20
1. Malachi 4:5-6 describes the beginning circumstances of a movement of God. Do you need God to restore your heart to your children and your children’s hearts to you before God can move in your situation?
2. Was your father a Godly dad? How so? It what ways are you a Godly parent?
3. What are your thoughts about God filling the gaps where there are no Godly dads in the home?
4. Do you know your children’s strengths? What steps are you taking to help identify and develop those strengths?
5. Describe how you physically show love to your children.