Thursday, September 06, 2007

You Shall Not Covet

Exodus 20:17

Share a story of something you really, really wanted, only to find that it did not satisfy.
On a scale from 1 to 10, how impulsive can you be at the mall and/or at the supermarket? Please share a funny story with the group if you have one.

Read Exodus 20:17 & 2 Samuel 11: 1-16

Coveting is a sin that is very insidious in its nature. It is subtle, silent, but can be very destructive.

What was the catalyst in this story that set in motion a chain of destructive events?
List some of the “happenings” that were a result of David’s covet for another man’s wife:
Why is coveting so bad?
Why is coveting so easily ignored, or overlooked in our Christian walk?

Read 1 Timothy 6: 9, 10 & Ecclesiastes 5: 10

According to these passages, what is the root of all evil?
What can easily happen when a person is eager for money (vs. 10)?
How can we be more mindful, and guard against coveting?

Read Psalm 111. Reflect on and discuss the attributes of the Lord that are worthy of our praise.

We can conquer coveting by being grateful to God, learning to be content with what God has blessed us with and by being more generous and giving.

As a group decide on what you WILL do, or what you GIVE, in some way, to your community (i.e. Raise money for back to school supplies for kids in need, sponsor a class room and serve them with your time, energy, and money).

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