UNDER THE SUN | 06.11.2017

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Breaking Ground

Have you ever seen the movie Greed? or The Wolf of Wall Street? or The Big Lebowski? What is your favorite scenes or most impactful takeaways from them?

(If you haven’t seen them, maybe schedule a watching party… or maybe not.)


The Dig

Read Ecclesiastes 4:5-6

How would you summarize and/or restate the three postures towards life described here in your own words?
– folded hands
– two hands with toil
– one hand with tranquility

Is there anywhere in your life where your hands are folded?

How did they get that way? Is there anything that happened that has caused you to sit down and fold your hands?

Is there anywhere in your life where your hands are clenched into fists?

What is behind that? Where did it come from?

What’s the difference between a PROCESS orientation and a RESULTS orientation?

Which side do you gravitate to?

Again, what is the thing inside your fists? Can you name it?

What would happen if you unclenched your fist? Would it disappear?

What would it mean to trust God with the thing that’s in your hand?

Read 1 John 3:1-2 and 1 John 4:9.

What is your reaction to these verses?

Who loved who first?

What impact can God’s radical love have on a “clenched-fist” approach to life?


Getting Out of the Hole

What would it look like to un-clench your fists and to take an “open-handed” approach to life?

Pray for the courage to trust, and seek ways to live open-handedly this week.