Weekly Meet-Up RESOURCES

DATE: Sunday, December 3, 2017

FERVENT CHURCH – Voorhees, NJ

Preached by Pastor Mike Rosado

 

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like…

Rocking Around the Christmas Tree (Busyness)

MEETUP WEEK #1 Format: MEET-UP Questions

 TODAY’S MAIN IDEA: There is a difference between being “busy” and being “distracted”, but either way, people miss out on opportunities.

 

START THE CONVERSATION – QUESTIONS:

Describe some of your favorite Christmas traditions. What is it about the tradition that you enjoy so much and that makes you want to repeat that tradition yearly?

 

Pastor shared the following:

Research suggests that in an eight-hour day, the average worker is only productive for two hours and 53 minutes. That’s right–you’re probably only productive for around three hours a day. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American works 8.8 hours every day.

What do you think about this statement. Is it accurate? Does it apply to you?

 

BIBLE READING:

Please Read Luke 10:38-42 (ESV)

Martha and Mary

38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.

What parts of the scripture passage stood out to you? What part is the most encouraging? What part is the most challenging?

 

What we are actually saying when we say, “I’m really busy”?  

  • “I procrastinated a lot and you caught me playing catch-up.”
  • “I like to feel important by keeping myself moving.”
  • “I am not really interested in what you are inviting me to do.”
  • “I’M A DISTRACTED PERSON.” (“…But Martha was distracted…”)

If you are honest, do any of the above comments apply to you? Why do you think that is true?

 

We find ourselves “too busy” when we are:

1.) Distracted from PURPOSE.

 Below are two quotes shared during this week’s sermon:

“Do FOR God” vs. “Do WITH God”

“Work & then listen to God” vs. “Listen to God & then do work”

Help explain each statement and the distinctions made in each statement.

 

We find ourselves “too busy” when we are:

2.) Distracted from VALUES.

Pastor Mike shared:

“We surrender TO the moment, more than we surrender THE moment.”

What does this statement mean, and how can we tangibly live it out?

 

We find ourselves “too busy” when we are:

3.) Distracted from what We Already HAVE.

Take this time, to list the many spiritual blessings and promises you “Already Have” through God. Share with others in your group?

 

ACTION ITEMS:

One way to be less distracted is to increase your ‘Holy Spirit Awareness’. What are some specific ways that you, as an individual, and you collectively as DC, can increase your ‘Holy Spirit Awareness’?

 

Is there someone in your life (family, friend, co-worker, neighbor, classmate) who could use a hand? Find someone that you could help relieve the busyness and craziness of the season – whether in a simple and small gesture or something more substantial – either way, be intentional to help others.