Small Groups at Lakeland exists to make disciples who make disciples in relational environments as we live out the four habits – accountability, shepherding, developing others, and on mission.
ICEBREAKER (optional): If you were a high school teacher and could specialize in teaching one class or subject, what would you teach? Why?
DISCUSSION STARTER (optional): Let’s start by asking if anyone has a specific takeaway from this weekend’s message that they’d like to share.
- As we discuss money, it’s important to remember what you learned early in your life about money. Did you grow up in a family of spenders, family of savers, or both?
- What is the best financial advice you ever received? (Note: Listen for SHEPHERDING moments as you listen to people’s responses.)
- Let’s dig into the parable of the talents tonight in Matthew 25:14-30. As we read, what stands out most to you? (Read the passage and then discuss)
- What does this passage say about God? What does this passage say about us/humanity? (Note: These two simple questions are great in DEVELOPING OTHERS on how to study a passage of Scripture on their own.)
- This weekend’s message talked about the four principles of this passage being ownership (God owns it all), responsibility (We are stewards of what He owns), ACCOUNTABILITY (We will give an account of how we handled money), and reward (God blesses those who are financially faithful). Are any of these principles new to you? Which principle is most difficult for you to understand or trust God with? How will you obey God differently in light of these principles?
- [ON MISSION] The holiday season is a great opportunity to go ON MISSION. What can we do as a group to bless others and give back? (If you have already chosen a project, take time to pray that God will multiply the impact of your efforts 30/60/100 fold)