GROWING TOGETHER. We’re made to connect with others, so follow the way of Jesus and discuss these questions with your quarantine buddies or with some friends on the phone.
What are you most thankful for right now? What are you most concerned about?
Read aloud Matthew 6:19-24. What stands out to you? What is the relevance of this passage right now in our nation and around the world?
Read aloud Mathew 6:28-32 and rewrite the verses below using only your words and none of the original words, then discuss what is most impactful about this command of Jesus.
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
Discuss this thought from Tim Keller. “We have too much faith in technology and our democratic institutions, and we are conditioned by our secular, materialistic culture to seek most of our happiness in fragile things like good looks, wealth, and pleasure. It is wise however to be ready for suffering. Often most of the painful emotions people experience during adversity are actually the shock and surprise that we are suffering at all.”
Discuss this quote as well. “Suffering submitted to God, makes us strong in the Lord.”
What is the worry that God is calling you to drop right now? What would it look like to lift your concerns and submit your suffering to God instead of worrying?
Pray for each other, and as always, wait for a moment of silence before praying, listening for any promptings of the Lord.