Community Group Discussion Questions
Making disciples through the mutual ministry of redemptive relationships.
Text: Matthew 6:16-18
Sermon Title: Hunger for God
Date: January 20, 2019
- Read Psalm 19:1, Psalm 63:1, and John 6:35. From these passages, why do you think God created so many wonderful things (like the stars and bread and water)? What is the purpose of created things
- Read Matthew 9:14-17. According to this passage, when will the disciples of Jesus fast? Why will they fast? In light of this, how does fasting glorify God?
- Read Isiah 58:1-12. Note each occurrence of “if” and “then” in verses 8-12. What are the end results of a godly fast?
- Describe your relationship with food. Are you more prone to view food as “gross” (something to avoid) or as “god” (something that gives you relief and comfort from sin or suffering or is part of your identity)? How could fasting help you grow in seeing food as a good “gift” and increasing your gratitude and dependence on your heavenly Father who graciously gives it?
- Craig mentioned that there are several biblical fasting focus points, including pardon for sin, grief/sorrow, justice/mercy, and preparation for mission/calling. If you were to fast in the coming weeks, which of these focus areas are you most drawn to? Why?
- For “homework,” make a list of five legitimate pleasures in your life. Spend time planning how you can glorify God this week through these pleasures by enjoying them and by refraining from them.