Caring for each other

 1. What are you thankful for this week?

 2. What are you struggling with and how can we help?

Accountability

 3. How did you put into practice the scripture/story we studied last time we met?

 4. Who did you share last week's lesson with and how did it go?

 5. What needs did you meet in the community last week?

Discover

Ask someone to read the passage one paragraph at a time.

Have a group member tell it in their own words.

Ask the group if they added anything or left anything out.

When you finish with ALL paragraphs, ask someone in the group to tell the WHOLE story by memory. Have the group correct any errors.

Matthew 6:19-34

19 “Do not gather for yourselves riches on earth. Moths and rats can destroy them. Thieves can break in and steal them.20 Instead, gather for yourselves riches in heaven. There, moths and rats do not destroy them. There, thieves do not break in and steal them.21 Your heart will be where your riches are.

22 “The eye is like a lamp for the body. Suppose your eyes are healthy. Then your whole body will be full of light.23 But suppose your eyes can’t see well. Then your whole body will be full of darkness. If the light inside you is darkness, then it is very dark!

24 “No one can serve two masters at the same time. You will hate one of them and love the other. Or you will be faithful to one and dislike the other. You can’t serve God and money at the same time.

Do Not Worry

25 “I tell you, do not worry. Don’t worry about your life and what you will eat or drink. And don’t worry about your body and what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than eating? Aren’t there more important things for the body than clothes?26 Look at the birds of the air. They don’t plant or gather crops. They don’t put away crops in storerooms. But your Father who is in heaven feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are?27 Can you add even one hour to your life by worrying?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the wild flowers grow. They don’t work or make clothing.29 But here is what I tell you. Not even Solomon in all his royal robes was dressed like one of these flowers.30 If that is how God dresses the wild grass, won’t he dress you even better? Your faith is so small! After all, the grass is here only today. Tomorrow it is thrown into the fire.31 So don’t worry. Don’t say, ‘What will we eat?’ Or, ‘What will we drink?’ Or, ‘What will we wear?’32 People who are ungodly run after all those things. Your Father who is in heaven knows that you need them.33 But put God’s kingdom first. Do what he wants you to do. Then all those things will also be given to you.34 So don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

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 6. What does this passage tell us about God?

 7. What does this passage tell us about people?

Application

 8. If this passage is true, what behaviour should we change this week?

 9. Who will you tell this story to this week?

10. What needs can we meet in the community this week?

Planning

11. When do you want to meet again?