Small Group Questions

Discussion Questions

Moving Beyond Motions - Outward - Week 2

How to use the Sermon Discussion Questions:

  1. Scripture is provided as a convenience to you and for those who may not have a bible.
  2. Excerpts are provided from Tom’s sermon to help the group remember the important parts of his message. Feel free to read these together as a group, or you may simply want to use them as a reminder to put in your own words. Don’t feel the need to read everything in this document as a group. Use what you need, skip what you don’t.

Scripture Passages:

Matthew 6:33 (NIV84) “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Luke 12:22-34 (NLT) Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?  (29) “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.  (32) “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.  “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Psalm 86:11 (NIV84) Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV84) Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

Warm Up:

In last weeks sermon, Pastor Tom asked us to trace our anxious thoughts back to one of the three inner attitudes which provide freedom from anxiety, then ask God to reveal any anxious way in us. What did you learn about your anxious thoughts? How did embracing the inner attitudes provide freedom from anxiety?


1. In the beginning of his message, Pastor Tom uses a campfire as a visual example of the inward holy patterns placing us in the presence of God so deeply, that we carry that aroma around in our lives. 

What other visual examples convey this idea? Who do you know that carries the aroma around in their life? 

2. Read Matthew 6:33. 

How might this verse be a source of comfort? How might this verse be challenging?

3. Pastor Tom said, “simplicity is an inward spirit of trust.” 

What is your response to this definition of simplicity? How does this definition of simplicity differ from the culture around us?

4. During his message, Pastor Tom offered a few guardrails for when God speaks to us:

May involve an inner prompting

Usually affirmed by the church

Always aligns with scripture

How have you experienced these guardrails in your own life? How did they help you discern between God’s voice and other voices?

5. Pastor Tom described that when we decide to live out of the simple truth of seeking first the kingdom of God, no other allegiances or devotions, God speaks to us and he does so through a myriad of ways.

What are some ways God speaks to you? How might these ways show you God’s understanding of you? Why might our singular allegiance and devotion effect our ability to hear God?

6. Read Matthew 6:33. In his message, Pastor Tom called our attention to the word “seek,” and described a very literal translation as “keep on seeking.”

How is this a call to a lifestyle of simplicity? What does this say about what should be ultimate in our hearts? How does this relate what we seek to other worldly desires?

7. Read Luke 12:22-34.

What stands out to you in this passage? How might this passage explain what simplicity should look like? How does this passage contrast the current state of the world around us? How does this passage relate our treasure and the desires of our hearts?

Next Steps:

Take some time this week to reflect on this new understanding of simplicity - an inward reality flowing outwardly.

Evaluate your own life. What steps might you need to take to move toward living a life of simplicity?