Monday, November 10, 2014

Questions: Establishing Time Reserves

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 continued our new series Room To Breathe and talked about "Establishing Time Reserves" If you missed it, you can listen to it here.
  1. On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 being "not busy at all" and 10 being "totally busy and stressed out"), how busy would you say you are? Why?
  2. Vince talked about how we can wear our busyness as a badge of honor, that we think being busy means we're important. How might that be true in your life?
  3. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 4:4, "And I saw that all labor and all achievement spring from man's envy of his neighbor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind." How might a desire for more and a jealousy of what others have contribute to your busyness?
  4. Vince said that our busyness can prevent us from really experiencing life, giving the example of how it can keep us from having meaningful time with our family or friends. In what ways do you think busyness is holding you back from richly experiencing the life you could have?
  5. Read Luke 4:22-23
  6. We see that Jesus had tons of people who wanted His time, who wanted Him to do things for them, but Jesus had values He was living by (like quality time praying to God, and preaching the good news to people who hadn't heard it) and He kept those as His priority. What do you think helped Jesus to live by His priorities?
  7. We learned that we need to view ourselves as the architects of our own schedules and take control of our choices, budgeting our time according to our values. What will make that difficult for you?
  8. How might an attitude of, "If you're wasting my time, you're wasting my life" help you to spend your time on what's most important to you?
  9. Vince talked about looking for time wasters in our lives, perhaps TV, or Facebook, or video games. To look for things that may be pleasant diversions, but don't really help us to live the lives we want to live, and to reduce or just eliminate them. What are one or two of your time wasters? How could God, and how could we, help you to stop wasting so much time on them?
  10. Accountability Question:  How have you passionately pursued deeper relationships with those closes to you this week?
  11. 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?)