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To Infinity and Beyond – Lesson #2

by StoneBridge on April 27th, 2017

“To Infinity and Beyond”

 

“Decade 11-20”

Deuteronomy 6:7

(April 30-May 6, 2017)

When buttoning a shirt, “If you get the top button right, then everything else tends to fall into place. If you get it wrong, then everything else is going to be out of alignment. You’re going to look ridiculous.

God has ordered our lives in such a way that devotion to him is the top button. If that relationship is in proper order, then you’re going to find that every other relationship, whether family or friend, is going to fall into place in a far more satisfying way. But if you’re wrong on him, you’ll get everything else wrong too.

— Kyle Idleman, “Gods at War”

 

Answer and discuss the following question with your group.

 

  1. Have you ever started buttoning your shirt with it out of alignment? When did you notice? Is it easy to notice if your relationships are out of order? Why do you think that is?

 

Read the following excerpt out loud or watch message segment #1.

An excerpt from the StoneBridge message, “To Infinity and Beyond – Decade 11-20”.

I like Facebook – I really do – I like Twitter better. Most people on twitter are not all that sensitive. Kirk Herbstriet is – but besides him – but Facebook – is lying to you. No family is that great. No one. And of course you only put stuff on Facebook that either makes you look awesome or desperate. Either way gets a response. After a while – you start believing these things. That yes – her husband is the best husband ever. That these kids are the best kids ever. And you start thinking – why can’t you be more like… We all do comparison-shopping. That is OK for couches – vegetables – cars – not so much for people – for people it is deadly. When you compare your spouse – your marriage – your kids to someone else – they will always lose. They are not going to measure up.

Refer to the following scriptures and answer/discuss the following questions.

Proverbs 14:30, Ecclesiastes 4:4, 1 Corinthians 13:4

  1. In Proverbs 14:30, Solomon writes that “envy rots the bones.” What do you think he means by this? What effect does envy have on your peace and contentment?

 

  1. Do you think envy can be a motivation for hard work? Why do you think Solomon called this chasing after the wind? Have you ever experienced a time where work kept you or someone else from enjoying the gifts that God provides?

 

  1. 1 Corinthians 13 is known as the Love Why do you think Paul includes a warning against envy and boasting in this chapter?

 

Read the following excerpt out loud or watch message segment #2.

An excerpt from the StoneBridge message, “To Infinity and Beyond – Decade 11-20”.

With respect to Deuteronomy 6:7 – “Not sure why more folks don’t pay attention to this part of scripture. This is on you, parents. You have to come up with a strategy to impress the commandments on your kids. It just doesn’t happen. The earlier you start the easier it will be. I do think Jesus will ask us about this.

I don’t care how many school records they have – or if their names are on a trophy somewhere. Nothing will bring you more joy than to have your kids walking with the Lord.

 

Refer to the following scriptures and answer/discuss the following questions.

Deuteronomy 6:1-7; 3 John 4

 

  1. In the verses at the beginning of Deuteronomy, do you believe that God is talking about a way to behave at church, or a way to live?

 

  1. Why do you think God emphasized the children in verse 7?

 

  1. How much joy does it bring to your life to know that your children are “walking in truth?” Conversely, how much pain does it bring to know that they are not walking in truth? Now, think of the same questions 10 or 20 years from now. 

Reflection and Wrap-up

 

  1. In the message we heard, “Jesus is #1, mom is #2 and the children are #3.” How does this relate to the first paragraph of this study? Are these the same priorities reflected in your relationships? What if you asked your children?

 

  1. Can you find signs of dis-ordered love in your family relationships? How would a deeper worship of God affect these symptoms?

 

 

Pray Together as a Group

 

Additional Study

If you have time during your Small Group or you want to study more about message topic, read and consider the following passages:

  • Proverbs 12:19
  • Psalm 15:4
  • Genesis 22:1-2, 6-8
  • 2 Peter 2:19

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Infinity & Beyond Lesson 2

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