Week 2: Am I a Consumer or Contributor?
Read Introduction and Chapter 2 of Reopening Christianity or watch Pastor Zach’s message at kingofkings.org/messages/online.
If you had $10 to spend on one meal, what would it be?
- John 4:31-34
- 1 Corinthians 12
- What are your rhythms, habits, or disciplines that help you consume spiritually?
- Has there ever been a spiritual season where you consumed but were still feeling hungry or empty?
- As you look at Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, do you agree or disagree that transcendence needs lead to the most fulfillment in this world? Talk about a time in your life where you helped someone else reach their full potential and how that made you feel.
- Zach said: “While the church needs you to help it become the fullest, greatest expression of Jesus, you also need the church because it provides you with an opportunity to live out your calling and experience the greatest fulfillment you can have in this world.” Agree or disagree, and explain.
- Jesus instituted the church. Today, many Christians and non-Christians have a negative view of the church because of a damaging interaction with a church in the past. Has the church helped or hurt you in your relationship with God? Explain.
- Read Ephesians 4:11-16. The author Paul claims that we become the mature body of Christ when every part does its work. What do you feel is the greatest spiritual contribution that you can make in this world, and why?
- Are there other ways moving forward that you can challenge yourself to contribute?
- Are you a contributor or a consumer?
Dear God, please help me instill rhythms in my life to consume more and more of You. Guide my time spent to result in doing my part to express You more fully in this world. Thank You for allowing me to be a part of Your plan to redeem the world. Amen.
In preparation for the next small group gathering, take a spiritual gift test. Visit www.reopeningchristianity.com to find a spiritual gift test.