Together #forSalem
Together #forSalem
Why am I dissatisfied? [Consumerism, pt 1/4]
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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.

Episode Breakdown:
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

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MAIN POINTS & Qs
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Main Points:
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.

Discussion Questions:
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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SHOW NOTES
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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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