Welcome to another night of Community Groups! Please lean into this guide as much as you need to; use this as a tool to help facilitate fruitful conversation, but please do not let this become a script if you do not need it to be. You know your group better than I do! The goal for this evening is to challenge and encourage your group to reexamine how our culture has informed the way we celebrate the Christmas season. If you can arrive at that destination with your group more efficiently with different questions, please feel free to simply use these as inspiration!
What is your favorite Christmas gift you have ever been given? What makes it your favorite?
James 5:1-6; Matthew 6:19-24
Read James 5:1-6
- What specific injustices are listed in this passage? What do you think leads to these injustices?
- What connection, if any, do you see between this passage and what tends to happen when people put their trust in things?
Read Matthew 6:19-24.
- What do you think is the difference between an earthly treasure and a heavenly treasure?
- Do you think the way you spend money says something about what you think is important? Explain.
- How can you stay focused on the meaning of Christmas this Advent season?
Leader’s Note: In this passage, Jesus says “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” He does not say it the other way around. This seems to indicate that we can assess what we value by examining where we have invested money, time, and energy, but also that investing in things leads to caring about them, not necessarily just the other way around. This flies in the face of a culture that places a strong emphasis on acting based on how you feel. Jesus seems to say that if you want to care more about something you should invest more in it.
How do you think people go overboard with different things during Christmas? What is the cost of that?