Derailing Your Purpose in Life – Northwest Bible Church

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Sunday, August 05, 2018

Derailing Your Purpose in Life

Ken Harrell

Senior Pastor

Key Scripture

James 5:1–5

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter.

Take Away / Application

Do your possessions control you or do you control your possessions?

Discussion Questions

Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group or branch off with additional questions as the discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.

  1. Think through a normal week in your life. What brings you the most contentment? (Family dinners, a quiet house, working out, listening to music, taking care of the yard, shopping at your favorite store, etc.)
  2. Do you struggle with the want or desire for more money or material things? If so, how and in what way?
  3. Read 1 Timothy 6:9–10. God does not condemn having money or saving. However, according to these verses, what are we not to do when it comes to money and our possessions?
  4. In the message, it was said, “The greatest challenge to your purpose in life is your possessions.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? If you agree, share about a time when this statement proved true in your life.
  5. Read Matthew 6:24. Discuss the challenges and reality of this verse in your life?
  6. Read James 5:1–5. We looked at how hoarding, stealing and squandering our money can derail our purpose and bring difficulties in our lives. Which one of these do most people struggle with and why?
  7. Considering your “treasure” (money, talent, etc.), is there anything you’re hoarding, stealing or squandering that could be used by God today?
  8. When it comes to your finances, do you live below your income? It takes time to position yourself to live below your income, but it’s possible. How can your group or the church help get you there?
  9. Read Philippians 4:11–13. When you look at all that you have, whether a lot or a little, how can these verses be lived out in your life?
  10. What can you do today to honor God with the treasures He’s entrusted to you?

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Scripture Reference



Control, Finances, Hoarding, Material Things, Money, Possessions, Riches, Squandering, Stealing, Treasure