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?