WARM UP: Which do you prefer, group projects, or working alone? What are the pros and cons of each?
Read: ECCLESIASTES 4:9-12 (NLT)
What sticks out to you from this passage?
In your opinion, is Solomon only referring to two individuals or could the lesson apply to a greater number of people? Why is this significant?
What are the differences between a group of people and a team?
Some people are so goal-oriented that they do not show much, if any, concern for those around them. Solomon was like this during part of his life. After looking back on his life, he did not think it produced what it should have.
Do you have this tendency to achieve while neglecting those around you? If so, what happens as a result?
The scriptures teach that, WE ARE NEVER BETTER THAN WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER
The problem is, because of our culture, we make most of God’s promises and dreams just about ourselves.
Read EPHESIANS 3:20 carefully
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within US, to accomplish infinitely more than WE might ask or think.”
God’s promises are for WE not just ME! Success is different than significance…and Jesus said the way we live lives of significance is by working together, being known and fully knowing our brothers and sisters in Christ, and loving each other.
What have you found to be the biggest obstacle when it comes to doing life together with other believers?
Has this discussion helped you see your need for people in any new ways? If so, please share.
Living it out:
Our faith is personal, but it’s never private. We don’t just need God…We also need people to walk through life with!
Read HEBREWS 10:24-25
Spend some time and think of ways that you can encourage (literally put courage) into a friend this week. Maybe go for a walk, or grab a coffee. Taking time for people is ALWAYS worth it. Remember…People are God’s Plan!