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 Chromecast, Roku Stick, Amazon Fire TV Stick, or Apple TV, or by downloading them at the link below so you can play the file elsewhere.
- 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?
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?
- 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?
- 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
“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…
To TRUST is to be convinced of the reliability of God.
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.”
"Our problem isn’t weakness, it’s independence”
Trusting God > Trusting IN God
"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?