Monday, September 30, 2013

Questions: The Great Gatsby

We provide questions each week based on the theme of our service for our Micro Groups to use. If you're not in a Verve Micro Group, feel free to use them on your own.

This week we were in our I Want a Movie Life series and talked about the movie The Great Gatsby. If you missed it, you can listen to it here.
  1. What book did you have to read back in school that you remember? The Great Gatsby? To Kill a Mockingbird? Romeo and Juliet? Silas Marnor? Huckleberry Finn? Did you like it? Why or why not?
  2. In the Old Testament of the Bible we have King Solomon's personal journal. And in it Solomon (who seemed to have it all) wrote “Meaningless! Meaningless! … “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 1:2) and I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:14) and“… All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 2:17). and “Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless.” (Ecclesiastes 3:18-20).
  3. What do you think caused Solomon to feel like everything was meaningless?
  4. When have you felt like everything was meaningless?
  5. Solomon also wrote, in Ecclesiastes 3:1, "He has also set eternity in the human heart..." What do you think it might mean that God put eternity in our hearts?
  6. When are the times in your life that you most vividly feel that the desires in your heart are for something bigger than and beyond this world, and that nothing of this world will ever truly satisfy you?
  7. If you passionately pursued God and looked to him for fulfillment, do you think he would really satisfy you? Why or why not?
  8. One of the problems Christians can have, that can lead them to being just as dissatisfied as non-Christians, is that they can have God, but still look to other things for fulfillment. Why do you think someone who has God might still look to something else for fulfillment?
  9. What are some of the things, other than God, that you are tempted to think will give you what you really need in life?
  10. What could help you to stay focused on God as far as what you look to for fulfillment and joy?
  11. What is a practical thing you could do this week to pursue God and look to him (rather than other things) for fulfillment?
  12. Accountability Question:  How have I passionately pursued meaningful time with God?
  13. Prayer Question:  What could we be praying for you this week? (Is this there something good we could celebrate with you, or a challenge you need God's help with?)