Master Your Money: Week 2 | Small Group Conversation Guide
Small Groups at Lakeland exist 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): Did anyone accept Josh’s $20.00 challenge? If so, share your experience.
Watch Pastor Erik’s Small Group Conversation Starter
DISCUSSION STARTER (optional): Let’s start by asking if anyone has a specific takeaway from this weekend’s message to share.
- Discuss the questions that Erik asked in the Conversation Starter: Did you see giving or tithing modeled in your house growing up? How do you decide what to give?
- Proverbs 21:26 says, “Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!” This proverb teaches us that we are either greedy or giving. Do you agree? Is there another category that should be considered?
- Read Mark 12:41-44 (Optional: If “storying” was helpful in last week’s story, have people in your group recall details of the story before reading it or ask someone to come prepared to tell the story like they would any story. This helps the group experience the stories of the Bible differently. Then have someone read it from the Bible.)
- According to Jesus, what is the difference between the widow’s offering and everyone else’s?
- Imagine you are the poor widow. What is life like for you every day? What personal, emotional, and practical challenges are you facing? (Optional: If you gave everything you had, what would be your next financial concern? What does this show us about the poor widow’s trust?)
- Jesus’ teaching challenges everything you have ever learned about math. No calculator or equation will tell you what He teaches here. Object lesson: Place a penny and a dollar bill in front of the group. In this story, Jesus says that this (pointing to the penny) is “more” than this (pointing to the dollar bill). How can this be? How do you explain this?
- This week is all about our money and our trust. Has anyone grown in the area of trusting God through giving? Share that story. (Optional: What did you learn about God through these stories? What did you learn about money?)
Close in prayer. Consider praying in smaller groups or pairs.