Sermon Discussion: Luke 16:1-13 - You Cannot Serve God and Money

Here are some questions to consider together as we look at God’s word: 

  1. What questions did you have during or after the sermon? Did you have any insights that weren’t mentioned?
  2. What was the main point of the sermon? How was it outlined?
  3. Why is it often so hard for us to talk openly and honestly about our money?
  4. What does Jesus mean when he calls money “unrighteous wealth”? How should that impact our posture toward money?
  5. What are some of the typical attitudes toward the love of money in our culture? How does the Bible help us understand and respond to those attitudes?
  6. What kind of god is money? How have you seen some of these characteristics in your own life?
  7. How is the one true God different from the god of money? Why is it impossible to serve God and money? How can we be free from the god of money?
  8. What is the main point of the parable of the dishonest manager? How do we obey Jesus’ command in verse 9?
  9. When we consider what it looks like to steward our money, why is it insufficient to create a new law about our money?
  10. How have you understood stewardship in the past? How should we view our stewardship? How do we go about deciding how much to give to the local church or other ministries?
  11. As you hear Jesus’ words, in what ways have you felt the cost of discipleship colliding with the American dream? Are there ways that you need to repent and reexamine your use of wealth?

Sermon Discussion: Luke 12:35-59 - Living Life in Light of the End

Here are a few questions to consider as we eat, pray, and look at God’s word together in our home groups:

  1. What was the main point of the sermon? How was the sermon outlined? Were there questions or insights you had while listening that weren’t addressed?
  2. What do Jesus’ three illustrations in verses 35-36 communicate? What does it mean for us as individuals and a community to be awake and waiting for our master? Why is that often so difficult?
  3. Does the idea of Christ’s second coming scare you? Why or why not? How are we sometimes tempted to deal with that fear? How does Jesus’ teaching replace our fear with eager anticipation?
  4. What does it mean that we are stewards? How does Jesus’ eternal perspective motivate faithfulness and generosity with all of our lives and resources? What’s the difference between “YOLO” (“You Only Live Once”) and Jesus’ teaching?
  5. Why is it so easy for church leaders to forget that they’re stewards? What sort of character and behaviors define healthy leadership? How can elders and members of Trinity work together to ensure that church leaders are stewarding faithfully?
  6. Luke has told us that Jesus came to bring peace, and now Jesus says he’s come to divide. How do those fit together? Have any of your relationships been divided by the gospel? How can you continue to love and serve those people in the midst of this division?
  7. Why does Jesus rebuke the crowd for failing interpret the present time? How does his illustration in verses 57-59 fit? How should his teaching here shape our witness to those who don’t believe?
  8. How can we as a church family help one another to maintain a long perspective that seeks to live in light of Christ’s coming?

Sermon Discussion: Luke 12:13-34 - Covetousness and the Kingdom

Here are some questions to consider and discuss together as we share life in our home groups.

  1. What was the main point of the sermon? How was the sermon outlined? Were there questions or insights you had while listening that weren’t addressed?
  2. How does the story that “you are what you own” show up in our society? How does that story shape us even when we aren’t aware?
  3. In verse 13, what does the man’s demand to Jesus reveal about his heart? Why does conflict often follow in the wake of covetousness?
  4. What is the main point of Jesus’ parable? How does money act like a con man? In what ways are you tempted to find security in wealth like the rich fool?
  5. Why do false security and anxiety often show up together? In what sense is anxiety a worship problem? What do you worry about, and what does this reveal about your heart?
  6. Walk through verses 22-34 together. How does Jesus comfort his disciples? Which teachings do you find particularly helpful as you battle anxiety and covetousness?
  7. What will our community look like as we “seek the kingdom” and put to death our covetous hearts? What steps do you need to take as you hear God’s word, trust his gospel, and repent of your covetousness?