Rooted: Thankfulness

Rooted: Thankfulness

We read this statement together before every group discussion! It helps transition the group to discussion time, it reaffirms our highest values, and sets a tone of trust, consistency, and safety for everyone in the group.


We are a group of imperfect people pursuing a perfect God. We exist to help each other find and follow Christ. These are some things we want to be true of our group:

  • We create a safe and honest environment, staying transparent and authentic.
  • We keep it inside the circle. Confidentiality is necessary for a healthy group.
  • We look together to the Bible for help and guidance, and keep out our own politics, sales, or agendas.
  • We do not try to fix each other, preach sermons, or give unsolicited advice. We instead encourage, listen to, and celebrate each other.
  • We handle conflict between us quickly and honestly by going to the person, owning our part, and practicing forgiveness.
  • We respect each others’ time by starting and ending when we say we will.
  • We trust that it is God’s role to change people, not ours.
  • We believe that in Jesus Christ, there is hope for everyone.

The videos for this series include a quick message recap and serve as a kickstart to your group discussion.

The videos are on YouTube; watch them by connecting your computer to your TV with a video cable, by using a simple casting device like a ChromecastRoku StickAmazon Fire TV Stick, or Apple TV, or by downloading them at the link below so you can play the file elsewhere.

CONNECT

  • What were your positive or negative feelings about money, church, and generosity before going on this Rooted journey? Have those feelings been challenged, strengthened, or changed throughout this series? 

DISCOVER

Read Ephesians 3:14-21 together. 
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

  • How have the steps of faith you've taken in life, when you've decided to trust God in the midst of something unknown, helped you grasp more of the love of God?

APPLY

  • What gets in the way of expressing thankfulness in your life? When you are living with expressed thankfulness, what changes about your attitude toward life?
     
  • We don't only give FROM a Rooted place and TO a new building... we give FOR a reason: and that reason is people. What people do you think about when you give? What people in your life do you want to see find and follow Jesus?
     
  • What financial decisions have you regretted in life? What spending decisions do you expect to change by proactively giving over the next two years change your potential spending decisions?
     
  • What makes you nervous as you think about making a two-year commitment to generosity for Rooted? What do you expect will change in you or about you throughout this process? 

EXPERIENCE

  • Start thinking more specifically about the people that you want to find hope in Jesus. Figure out how to take one step toward one of those people this week; invite them to Easter at Mission, have them over for dinner, just check in to see how they are, or find a random and fun way to brighten their day! 

Rooted: Deep and Wide

  • Trust
  • Sacrifice
  • Surrender
  • Faithfulness
  • Thankfulness

Colossians 2:6-7
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Thankfulness is the tangible expression of being rooted in Jesus.


Rooted Primary Goal: 100% participation

  • From a Place > To a Thing
  • For A Reason

Ephesians 3:14-21

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Rooted: Faithfulness

Rooted: Faithfulness

We read this statement together before every group discussion! It helps transition the group to discussion time, it reaffirms our highest values, and sets a tone of trust, consistency, and safety for everyone in the group.


We are a group of imperfect people pursuing a perfect God. We exist to help each other find and follow Christ. These are some things we want to be true of our group:

  • We create a safe and honest environment, staying transparent and authentic.
  • We keep it inside the circle. Confidentiality is necessary for a healthy group.
  • We look together to the Bible for help and guidance, and keep out our own politics, sales, or agendas.
  • We do not try to fix each other, preach sermons, or give unsolicited advice. We instead encourage, listen to, and celebrate each other.
  • We handle conflict between us quickly and honestly by going to the person, owning our part, and practicing forgiveness.
  • We respect each others’ time by starting and ending when we say we will.
  • We trust that it is God’s role to change people, not ours.
  • We believe that in Jesus Christ, there is hope for everyone.

The videos for this series include a quick message recap and a someone's story about their Rooted Journey! They serve as a kickstart to your group discussion.

The videos are on YouTube; watch them by connecting your computer to your TV with a video cable, by using a simple casting device like a ChromecastRoku StickAmazon Fire TV Stick, or Apple TV, or by downloading them at the link below so you can play the file elsewhere.

CONNECT

  • What's the longest you've had to wait for something? Would you call yourself a patient person?

DISCOVER

Read Psalm 37:3-5 together.

Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him and He will do it.

  • In what areas of your life has God been growing or stretching your faith? What is that process like for you? 
     
  • What desires of your heart are you waiting on? Has it been difficult to "delight yourself in the Lord" while waiting?

APPLY

  • We live in a world with instant access to everything, but God doesn't promise to provide for us in our own timing; and, Mike said that faithfulness is a long obedience in the same direction. In what areas of your life do you have the most trouble waiting for results?
     
  • When we forget that God has rescued us and that He promises to be good to us, we get in a hurry to take care of ourselves. And when we get in a hurry, we make bad decisions and lose our faithfulness. Where are you rushing the process of faith and hurrying to take care of yourself? Where do you sometimes lose hope that God is taking care of you? 
     
  • Humility and faithfulness are the soil in which fruitful lives grow; what are you doing in your everyday life to cultivate faithfulness? Where are you neglecting that cultivation? How does it affect the fruitfulness of your life? 
     
  • Throughout your life, what has "faithful management" looked like for you with your money and possessions? What are some simple or small steps that would make your money management more faithful? 
     
  • Philippians 4 says "...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."
    What in your life fits into this category? What doesn't? What needs to change for these things to fill your life?

EXPERIENCE

Commitment Sunday is next week, March 26! Check out these exercises to be prepared for this important moment we'll be sharing together!

  • List out the financial commitments that you currently have – those that go beyond a one-time payment but that have a time duration to them. Examples would be a mortgage, a lease agreement, a car loan, a cell phone contract, your child’s tuition for school, your own tuition for school, etc. Now write out the commitment you are planning to make (or a guess if you're not sure yet!) for Rooted. Where does it fall in the priority of these other commitments? Do any of the other commitments need to change in order to be able to fulfill your Rooted commitment? What if you wanted to raise your Rooted commitment? What would that require? Get a good handle on where your commitments are, and how they affect your Rooted commitment!
     
  • Next week, we will make our 2-year commitments together as a church. We all have received a commitment card at some point in the series; you can fill that card out and bring it with you, or fill out a new card, on Commitment Sunday. Until then, start filling out your card as a tool to prayerfully consider what steps of faith and generosity God may be calling you to take!

Rooted

  • Trust
  • Sacrifice
  • Surrender
  • Faithfulness
  • Thankfulness
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
— Colossians 2:6-7

Faith: Confidence that God is who He says He is and will do everything He has promised to do!

Faith Comes from 2 Places:
     *ABILITY of the promise maker to do it
     *INTEGRITY of the promise maker

A faithful life means trusting God completely to provide for us in HIS timing and with HIS methods.

Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him and He will do it.
— Psalm 37:3-5

Rooted Faithfulness

  • Trust in God
    “God takes full responsibility for the life that is wholly devoted to Him.” -Charles Stanley
     
  • Dwell in the land (tent)
    When we lose hope, we get in a hurry…when we get in a hurry we make bad decisions.
     
  • Cultivate faithfulness (rake and shovel)
    Humility and faithfulness are the soil in which fruitful lives grow.
    "Long obedience in the same direction" -Eugene Peterson
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
— Philippians 4:8-9

Journal Questions

  • God, what do you see about my faithfulness?
  • Is there anywhere I am rushing the process?
  • Am I faithful? How do I know?
  • In what areas of my is God growing my faith? How?

Rooted: Surrender

Rooted: Surrender

We read this statement together before every group discussion! It helps transition the group to discussion time, it reaffirms our highest values, and sets a tone of trust, consistency, and safety for everyone in the group.


We are a group of imperfect people pursuing a perfect God. We exist to help each other find and follow Christ. These are some things we want to be true of our group:

  • We create a safe and honest environment, staying transparent and authentic.
  • We keep it inside the circle. Confidentiality is necessary for a healthy group.
  • We look together to the Bible for help and guidance, and keep out our own politics, sales, or agendas.
  • We do not try to fix each other, preach sermons, or give unsolicited advice. We instead encourage, listen to, and celebrate each other.
  • We handle conflict between us quickly and honestly by going to the person, owning our part, and practicing forgiveness.
  • We respect each others’ time by starting and ending when we say we will.
  • We trust that it is God’s role to change people, not ours.
  • We believe that in Jesus Christ, there is hope for everyone.

The videos for this series include a quick message recap and a someone's story about their Rooted Journey! They serve as a kickstart to your group discussion.

The videos are on YouTube; watch them by connecting your computer to your TV with a video cable, by using a simple casting device like a ChromecastRoku StickAmazon Fire TV Stick, or Apple TV, or by downloading them at the link below so you can play the file elsewhere.

CONNECT

  • How can you relate to Angie's story? Did anything stand out to you, resonate with you, or challenge you? 
     
  • Jodi said if what we choose to do with our lives won’t make a story meaningful, it won’t make a life meaningful either. When has your life felt like an adventure? What made it feel that way? 

DISCOVER

Read Matthew 16:24-26 together.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?"

  • Throughout your life, what have you been told makes your life valuable or successful? 
     
  • How do Jesus' words here challenge what you've learned about a valuable or successful life? 

APPLY

  • God asked Moses to throw down his staff so he could make it come alive, just like He would take Moses' identity, income, and influence and use those things to free millions of people. So what's in your hand? What might God ask you to throw down, like the staff, so that He could make it come alive?
     
  • When Jesus feeds 5,000 people with just a few loaves of bread and some fish, it's because a little boy offered up the little He had so that Jesus could multiply it. How have you seen seemingly insignificant things that you have get multiplied to impact others? 
     
  • What do you have trouble surrendering to God? Is there anything you are holding on too tightly to?
     
  • How might needing control keep you from adventure? What God might be inviting you to do with your life? What might you need to let go of? 

EXPERIENCE (for the rest of the week)

  • Pick a possession, or something tangible, that tends to have a grip on your heart... and give it away! Give yourself a tangible example of surrender! 
     
  • Read some of the stories and teachings about Surrender in the Bible this week and ask God what He might want to teach you through them. 
    • Mark 10:17-31
    • Luke 20:54-62 and John 21:15-19
    • John 3:22-36
    • John 13:1-17

Rooted

  • Trust
  • Sacrifice
  • Surrender
  • Faithfulness

Colossians 2:6-8
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,  rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness”

But we spend years actually living those stories, and expect our lives to be meaningful. The truth is, if what we chose to do with our lives won’t make a story meaningful, it won’t make a life meaningful either.
— Donald Miller

Matthew 16:24-26
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.  If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.  And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”


What’s in Your Hand?

Exodus 4:1-5
“Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”

Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”

“A staff,” he replied.

The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”

Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 4 Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand.5 “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.”

Identity
Income
Influence

John 6:5-12
“When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?" He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. Philip answered him, "Eight months' wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!" Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?" Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted." So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.”

Ephesians 3:20
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”

Surrender: Handing over the reigns of my life


Journal Questions:

  • What is in my hand? (identity, income, influence...)
  • Is there anything I am holding on too tightly to?
  • Why is it hard for me surrender to God?
  • How does needing control keep me from adventure?

Ephesians 3:14-20
“My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”

Rooted: Sacrifice

Rooted: Sacrifice

We read this statement together before every group discussion! It helps transition the group to discussion time, it reaffirms our highest values, and sets a tone of trust, consistency, and safety for everyone in the group.


We are a group of imperfect people pursuing a perfect God. We exist to help each other find and follow Christ. These are some things we want to be true of our group:

  • We create a safe and honest environment, staying transparent and authentic.
  • We keep it inside the circle. Confidentiality is necessary for a healthy group.
  • We look together to the Bible for help and guidance, and keep out our own politics, sales, or agendas.
  • We do not try to fix each other, preach sermons, or give unsolicited advice. We instead encourage, listen to, and celebrate each other.
  • We handle conflict between us quickly and honestly by going to the person, owning our part, and practicing forgiveness.
  • We respect each others’ time by starting and ending when we say we will.
  • We trust that it is God’s role to change people, not ours.
  • We believe that in Jesus Christ, there is hope for everyone.

The videos for this series include a quick message recap and a someone's story about their Rooted Journey! They serve as a kickstart to your group discussion.

The videos are on YouTube; watch them by connecting your computer to your TV with a video cable, by using a simple casting device like a ChromecastRoku StickAmazon Fire TV Stick, or Apple TV, or by downloading them at the link below so you can play the file elsewhere.

CONNECT

  • What are the biggest sacrifices you've made in life? What did that mean for you? 
     
  • What is something that would be very difficult to give up – something that if you were asked to give it up, you’re not sure that you could?


DISCOVER

Read Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV) together.
Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 

  • God asks us to sacrifice because He knows it's what our hearts need. Have you ever been significantly changed for the better by a sacrifice that you’ve made?

APPLY

  • If someone else looked at how you use your money, what do you think they'd say your treasures are in life? (This isn't a guilt trip question! It's just an honest look at where our money goes!)
     
  • In Matthew 26, Jesus' friend brings a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume and pours it over Jesus' head in an extravagant display of affection and gratitude. Breaux said that here, we see that sacrifice is giving up something that you love for something you love more. What could be your ‘alabaster jar’? What would mean sacrifice for you? 
     
  • Jesus' disciples were not very happy with how Mary displayed her affection and gratitude. When it comes to your own sacrifice, what objections would you expect from others come? What about from your own human nature?  
     
  • Sometimes small sacrifices over time add up to a big investment! Things like choosing not to go out to eat as often, not purchasing new clothes for a period of time, or choosing to make other spending choices in a wiser way are all things that God wants us to approach sacrificially. What small decisions might you be able to sacrifice for something greater? 
     

EXPERIENCE (FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK)

  • Sacrifice isn't just about the money that is yet to come in throughout our lives, it's about the things, savings, and treasures that have already taken up space in our hearts and houses. Think through your possessions and stored resources and honestly ask God if He would ask you to turn some of those into alabaster jars. 
     
  • Breaux said that great churches are made up of HUMBLE people trying to live GREAT lives. Pray this prayer each morning this week!
    “Take my Life…ALL OF IT! Infuse my soul with a clearer vision, a bigger purpose, deeper surrender, a risk taking faith. May I always send my roots down deep into the soil of your marvelous love… so that I can produce good fruit and overflow with joy, faithfulness, gratitude, contentment, and generosity." 

Breaux's Life Mission Statement:

“I just want to look, love, and live like Jesus.”

Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.


Sacrifice is giving up something you love for something you love more.  

Matthew 26:6 (NIV)
Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume and poured it over his head.

John 12:4-6 (NIV)
But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, "Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

William Banowski
"It’s an ancient strategy to divert attention away from one noble project to disguise selfishness by speaking of another which ought rather to be done. But in the end, as with Judas, such disciples are not interested in either the poor or the anointing. The very use of the perfume itself pains such disciples. The threat of extravagant love challenges such hearts."

Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.  

Luke 12:15 (NLT)
Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”

Luke 6:38 (NIV)
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

2 Corinthians 8:7 (NIV)
But just as you excel in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us… see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

2 Corinthians 8:12 (LB)
If you are really eager to give, then it isn't important how much you have to give.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (Msg)
Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.


Journal Questions

  • Where’s my treasure, my heart, my ultimate hope? 
     
  • What could be my "alabaster jar"? What would it mean for me to sacrifice it - to give it up for something I love more?

Rooted: Trust

Rooted: Trust

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We read this statement together before every group discussion! It helps transition the group to discussion time, it reaffirms our highest values, and sets a tone of trust, consistency, and safety for everyone in the group.


We are a group of imperfect people pursuing a perfect God. We exist to help each other find and follow Christ. These are some things we want to be true of our group:

  • We create a safe and honest environment, staying transparent and authentic.
  • We keep it inside the circle. Confidentiality is necessary for a healthy group.
  • We look together to the Bible for help and guidance, and keep out our own politics, sales, or agendas.
  • We do not try to fix each other, preach sermons, or give unsolicited advice. We instead encourage, listen to, and celebrate each other.
  • We handle conflict between us quickly and honestly by going to the person, owning our part, and practicing forgiveness.
  • We respect each others’ time by starting and ending when we say we will.
  • We trust that it is God’s role to change people, not ours.
  • We believe that in Jesus Christ, there is hope for everyone.

The videos for this series include a quick message recap and a someone's story about their Rooted Journey! They serve as a kickstart to your group discussion.

The videos are on YouTube; watch them by connecting your computer to your TV with a video cable, by using a simple casting device like a ChromecastRoku StickAmazon Fire TV Stick, or Apple TV, or by downloading them at the link below so you can play the file elsewhere.

CONNECT

  • What stood out to you most in Mark and Kelly's story? What can you relate to? What do you have more questions about? 
     
  • What are some of the pre-conceived assumptions you have had throughout your life about money and the church?
     
  • When it comes to giving to a church, have you had positive or negative experiences? Or is it something you haven't done yet, or thought much about before? 

DISCOVER

Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19 together.
"Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life."

  • Do you ever experience a tendency to trust your stuff or your money more than God? 

APPLY

  • Who or what do you trust the most? How did they (or it) earn your trust?
     
  • What scares you more: no God or no money?
     
  • When we trust God, we hand over the reigns of our lives to Him. What are you scared that He will do or take if you trust Him more?
     
  • Have you ever thought about whether everything you've been given is actually yours? If everything we have really is God's, how might that change how you currently use it? 

EXPERIENCE

  • Work on memorizing Colossians 2:6-7 so that the vision of who we want to become takes roots in your own mind and heart! 
    • “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
  • Spend some time with your journal asking the 5 questions mike asked (in Message Notes at bottom). Invite God to walk through the questions with you; ask Him to give you the courage to be honest and open about what the answers!
     
  • Thinking about the tension between trusting God and trusting our money, go through your expenses over the last month to see what types of things you are investing in on a regular basis. Ask yourself what your expenses say you trust in!

Rooted: Deep and Wide

Colossians 2:6-7
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

Goals of Rooted

Primary Goal: 100% Engagement
Secondary Goal: Raising $5.3 million dollars over the next two years
                           ***2 million to renovate the 5353 Walker building                
                           ***3.3 million (our whole budget for the next 2 years)

Starting the Rooted journey…

::  TRUST
::   Sacrifice
::   Surrender
::   Faithfulness
::   Thankfulness


To TRUST is to be convinced of the reliability of God.

John 14:1
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.”
 
Kay Arthur
"Our problem isn’t weakness, it’s independence”

Trusting God > Trusting IN God

Max Lucado
"When fear shapes our lives, safety becomes our God. When safety becomes our God, we worship the risk-free life. Can the safety lover do anything great? Can the risk averse accomplish noble deeds? For God? For others? No. The fear-filled life cannot love deeply. Love is risky. They cannot give to the poor. Benevolence has guarantee of return. The fear filled cannot dream wildly. What if their dreams sputter and fall from the sky? The worship of safety emasculates greatness. No wonder Jesus wages such a war against fear."
 
1 Timothy 6:17-19
"Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. 19 By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life."

We have a tendency to trust our stuff more than God

I will not trust in my riches, but in Him who richly provides


Journal Questions to Get Us started

  • Who or what do I trust the most?
  • What would it look like for me to trust God more?
  • What scares me more:  no God or no money?
  • If I trust God more, what am I scared that He will do or take?
  • Is everything I’ve been given, mine?