Spend Less | Dec 4 – 10, 2016

Big Idea

This Christmas, let us conspire to Spend Less in order to gain more.


Luke 12:15 and Mark 8:34-37


Share a story about being stressed about giving a gift to someone.

Opening Discussion

1. We are encouraging everyone to live counter to our consumerist culture by spending less this Christmas season. What are some ways you can celebrate Christmas in ways that are counter to our consumerist culture whether you’ve finished your Christmas shopping or not?

Bible Discussion

2. Read Luke 12:15 & Mark 8:34 – 37. What words or phrases stand out to you? Why?

3. How do these passages call us to live counter culturally?

Life Application

4. In the most recent message the teaching pastor talked about a couple ways to spend less. We can spend wisely by staying within a budget. We can also spend purposefully where each person gets one thing they want, one thing they need, one thing to wear, and one thing to read. What does it mean to you to spend purposefully? What about wisely?

5. Part of spending purposefully is balancing our wants and needs with the needs of others in our community and world. Brainstorm some needs in your community. Where could you spend purposefully of your time or money to help someone else?


The better we are about spending wisely and purposefully the more joyous we will be when it comes to giving gifts to one another and to those in need. How can we as a group encourage one another in that effort? Are there ways our small group can be involved in an effort toward that this Christmas season?