Series: No Place Like Home
Title: Part 2 - Calendar
Date: August 19/20, 2017
Speaker: Ben Patterson
We all want to make a difference in the world, and we have only limited time to do it. For parents that window of time is the approximately 936 weeks between the day a child is born and the day they leave the home. For others, the window may be shorter or longer. Regardless, if we want to make a long-term difference, we need to be intentional about the near-term.
Passages: Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23
- Talk about someone who had a positive influence in your life. What do you think your life would be like without that person?
- Read Matthew 13:3-9 and 18-23. How do you relate to this passage personally? Are there thorns that tend to choke out your faith? What circumstances tend to scorch your faith? When are you most receptive to God like the good soil?
- In his message this past weekend, Ben said that it’s important to be consistent in how we invest in others. If you’re invested in someone (ie., a child, coworker, family member, etc.), do you tend to look for major high-impact moments of influence, or do you focus more on the ongoing daily/weekly/monthly moments of interaction? How could you become more consistent?
- Ben also pointed out the importance of being clear in our communication, ensuring that our message actually gets across. For example, he recommended that parents ask their children open-ended questions and listen to gauge their understanding. How do you typically judge whether someone else has understood you?
- It’s also important to be creative in how we communicate. Again, if you’re invested in someone, what are some different ways you might communicate with them to help them hear your message in a fresh light?
- Finally, Ben recommended that we take a look at the next week’s events on our calendars, and for each event ask whether to “sow it or throw it.” In other words, do the ways we spend our time help us to invest in others, or do they get in the way? What might you need to remove from your schedule in order to be more effective in your investment in someone else? Or what might you need to add
● What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
● What will help you remember it?
● Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?