We are on a constant quest for more and more only to find our lives and experiences feeling emptier and emptier. It doesn’t have to be this way. There is a way out that allows YOU to be part of the solution. But, before we can talk about our role in a solution we have to identify the real problem.
00:00 This world is tough…
01:00 Consumerism saturates
04:05 How do we escape?
04:45 Jesus teaches not to worry
06:02 What we can do instead.
08:05 a backwards Kingdom
09:30 People & communities…
11:12 Get ready, some homework
12:43 A new lens
14:40 Discussion Questions & announcements
MAIN POINTS & Qs
We seek happiness and fulfillment through consuming products and services.
Consumerism is defined by perpetual dissatisfaction.
Instead of satisfying our needs, consumerism only produces fear.
Escaping consumerism requires a change of allegiance.
We experience less when our thoughts are dominated with wanting more.
Seeking the Kingdom of God is a complete reorientation of how we view and interact with the world, ourselves, and others.
Living righteously is living a life that brings life, love, and worth to others.
The Kingdom of God is only realized and lived out within a community.
The more we try to consume the less we have.
The more we seek the Kingdom of God the more life we find.
1. How have you seen God’s love this week?
2. How have you experienced the negative side of consumerism affecting your relationships, work, decisions, etc.?
3. Read Romans 14:17. What do you think your life would be like if you were continually seeking the Kingdom of God?
4. What is a simple and specific step you can take to further be seeking the Kingdom of God?
5. How can your group pray for you?
Challenge this week:
Read / Memorize: Matthew 6:33
Question: What would it look like for me to be seeking the Kingdom of God?
Full Transcript: https://www.yourcrosscreek.com/media/2022-03-06.pdf
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📜 | EPISODE BIBLE VERSES → Matthew 6:31-33 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%206%3A31-33&version=NLT
🗂️ | RESOURCES
→Consumerism Article (Bryan)– https://www.baylor.edu/ifl/christianreflection/ConsumerismarticleBryan.pdf
→Consumerism Definition (Dr. Cole)– https://www.thoughtco.com/consumerism-definition-3026119
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