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IF/THEN: The Priority Principle
Sermon-Based Discussion/Reflection Questions
October 3rd, 2021

  • IF/THEN: Sometimes God works in NOT so mysterious ways. People often say, “The Lord works in mysterious ways.” That statement is true. However, God created the world to work in some specific ways, and God often works in ways that are not that mysterious. God is not a God of confusion. God is a God of clarity. In this 7-week series we will look at some of the paths, principles and promises that God has put in place that can bring clarity to what it looks like the have clarity and direction in a world of chaos and confusion.
  • The Priority Principle – In Week 5 of IF/THEN, we talked about how what we put as our top priority bit directs us (it guides our choices) and disciples us (it shapes us). Jesus tells us that IF we seek His Kingdom first THEN everything else will fall into place.
  • DISCUSSION/REFLECTION QUESTIONS:
  • Icebreaker: “BEST/WORST”
    • What was one of the BEST moments of your past week and what was one of the WORST moments of your past week? *Keep track of the worst moments mentioned as you may want to include those in your closing prayer time. What stood out to you from this week’s sermon?
  • READ Matthew 6:25-34.
  • Jesus tells us “do not worry”, but He also tells us why we don’t need to worry. What are the reasons in this passage that Jesus says we do not need to worry?
  • In Matthew 6:33 Jesus tells us, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” What do you think that verse means?
  • Where do you sense other priorities sneaking into top priority in your life? What are they and how do they show up in your life?
  • Doug talked about how important it is to understand our priorities and get them right because, “your priority is both DIRECTING and DISCIPLING you every day.” He went on to say that priorities DIRECT us as they guide our decision making, and the DISCIPLE us because they shape how we think and who we are. How have you experienced that to be true?
  • In this passage where Jesus tells us to “seek first His kingdom”, Jesus talks about two threats to keeping Jesus as top priority: money and worry (Matthew 6:19-34). How do money and worry get in the way of us seeking first His kingdom?
  • In Mathew 4:19 And Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of people.” Doug pointed out that Jesus’ invitation is not only an invitation to follow Him as leader but its also an invitation to let Jesus “make you” and shape you. Here was Doug’s big question: What gets in the way of you faithfully following Jesus moment by moment?
  • NEXT STEPS: Everyone has a next step to apply what we have learned. What is your next step?
  • MEMORY VERSE: *Challenge yourself or your group to commit this verse to memory: Matthew 6:33But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
  • PRAYER: Spend some time praying for each other. You may want to pray about the “worst” moments responses from the ice breaker or any other prayer requests.
  • Scripture References: Matthew 6:33; Matthew 4:19; Matthew 6:19-34; Philippians 4:6-7; Mark 8:36