Exponential – Matthew 13:4,19

April 11, 2021

Gathering Question
Share someone whose small acts made a big difference in your life.

Gathering Prayer

What stood out to you in the sermon? What insights did you gain? What questions did it raise?

Spencer began the message by sharing several of his core convictions:

  • God can and wants to use every single one of us for his purposes.
  • There are people in our lives that God wants to use us to reach.
  • God has given us resources and gift that he wants us to use for him to benefit others.
  • God wants to use us in an exponential way where we make a difference well beyond ourselves.

Which of these convictions excite you?  Why?

Which of those convictions are challenging for you?  Why?

In Matthew 12, in the lead up to our scripture, Jesus was having a terrible day.

How does it make you feel to know that Jesus had terrible days, too?

The ancient Jewish perspective on “understanding” had less to do with intellectual knowing and more to do with doing.

How is it different to simply know something in our head as compared to living out what we know with our actions?

James 1:22 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

What are some of the reasons that sometimes we know what scripture teaches and we say we believe it, but we fail to live out what it teaches with our actions?

Spencer shared a saying that has been very meaningful to him:

“Be faithful in the small things, don’t take shortcuts.”

Why do you think it is so important to be faithful in the small things?

Why can it be so tempting to take shortcuts?

How have you seen small things make a big difference in your life or in someone else’s life?

What are some of the small choices we make every day that can have a big impact for God?

The story of Albert McMakin shows how a very simple act can have an exponential impact for God.

What in Albert McMakin’s story caught your attention?  How does it challenge you?  How does it inspire you?

Have you ever done something small that had a big impact on someone or on more people than you expected? How did that feel?

How can we live out our faith in small acts that can make a big difference for God and others?

Closing Prayer

Allow time for silent prayer for each person to offer themselves to be used by God to make an exponential impact n the world.