Matthew 6:25-34

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Small Group Material: 
Week Commencing: 
10 Oct 2010
Bible Base: 
Matthew 6:25-34

1)      Read Matthew 6:25-34
2)      Is being anxious about our food and clothing a problem for us, or do we get more anxious about food and clothing for those who depend on us?
3)      What do you think Jesus means by ‘being anxious’. Does this reading mean that Jesus does not want us to plan ahead or not have shopping lists?
4)      What does this reading have to say to Christians from countries where food is not plentiful? Did anything from the Christian Aid DVD played over the Harvest weekend strike you about the attitudes of those farmers in Burkina Faso?
5)      Look at verse 33. What does ‘seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness’ mean to you? What does this verse have to say to Christians like us who live in countries where food is plentiful? Might the ‘you’ at the end of verse 33 include those living in Burkina Faso?
6)      Look at this prayer from the New Zealand Prayer Book:-
 ‘God of seed and growth and harvest, creator of need, creator of satisfaction;
 give us, we pray, our daily bread, sufficient and assured for all.
Give us also, we pray, the bread of life, and we shall have a care to feed the hungry,
and to seek for peace and justice in the world. Help us, then, to remember and to know that you are our life today and every day; you are the food we need, now and for ever.’ 
 
Discuss this prayer – how does it connect with the reading from Matthew? Then pray it together!