Read Matthew 6:19-21, 24-34
- What does Jesus say about striving to become rich?
- What do you think heavenly riches might be? Why are heavenly riches better than riches on earth?
- What does Jesus mean when he says your heart will always be where your riches are? What do you think Jesus is concerned about?
- What does serving money mean? Many Americans appear to be serving money. Why would people want to do this?
- Why is money attractive? Why is serving money unsatisfactory?
- What problems might you run into if you serve two masters? Have you ever been in a situation like this?
- If God was your master, what practical differences would it make in your life?
- What are the reasons Jesus gives for not being worried about life?
- What does God’s care for flowers and birds teach you?
- What does Jesus want his followers to be concerned about?
- What does it mean to be concerned “with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you”?
- What is the significance of calling God “your Father in heaven” in this context?
- When you were growing up, did you worry about food, drink, or clothing? Why or why not? What was your father like?
- Have you experienced God’s provision for your material needs? How did it show itself?
- How do you reconcile what Jesus is teaching with the necessity of working for a living?
How would you summarize this section? What was new to you? Are you worried about the future?
*note: some questions were taken from Serendipity New Testament for Groups by Zondervan (InterVarsity Press)