Selfiecentered - Week Four
Small Group Study  

 

Ice Breaker: What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

1. Read Luke 14:1-23. Jesus talks about arrogance, excuses, and invitations.
     a. Arrogance:
          i. Why is arrogance a problem, according to:
               1. James 4:10
               2. Proverbs 3:34
               3. Matthew 9:12
               4. Luke 19:10
               5. Luke 14:13

     b. Excuses:
          i. Three excuses that keep people away from Jesus:
               1. Money. Discuss in light of Ecclesiastes 5:10
                   a. Do you know of anyone trying to find ultimate fulfillment through money? How is it working for them?
                    b. Are you tempted to lean on money for salvation? Discuss.
               2. Stuff.  
                    a. What is the main problem with the philosophy: “Whoever dies with the most toys wins”?
                    b. Stuff will never finally fully satisfy you. Discuss in light of 1 John 2:15-17.
               3. Relationships:
                    a. Can another person finally, fully satisfy you? Discuss in light of Romans 3:23.
                    b. How does the illusion of “completion through relationship” help cause divorce?
                    c. Have you seen a person worship their:
                         i. Spouse?
                        ii. Peer group?
                       iii. Child?
                       iv. Parent?
                    How did it end up working for them?

     c. Invitation:
          i. Many refuse the invitation to the banquet, but some don’t. Who are we to invite?
         ii. Does inviting someone to church take courage and selflessness? If so, how does that relate to our
            “series in a sentence”
        iii. Name five people who are “close to you but far from God” who you could be inviting to church this Easter?