Small Group Study:Read Matthew 6:19-21, 24  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. …  “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."
What kind of earthly treasures are you most tempted to store up for yourself in an excessive way? (Examples: electronics, cars, clothes and fashion accessories, properties, entertainment, ect.)
Both spontaneous generosity and planned, strategic generosity are important. Do you have a monthly plan for strategic giving?
What’s the last purchase you really regretted?
Have you ever regretted giving money to God?
Read Matthew 6:25-34  “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,  yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
What kinds of things do you most worry about? (Money, health, disasters, relationships?)
On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the most) how worried about finances are you?
The fact that we are all alive and attending small group right now means that God has always provided for us up to this point in our lives. When we worry we are supposing that the God who has always provided for us up to this point will not provide or us in the future.
Does Matthew 6:26 mean that birds never run out of food and die? Further, does this teach us that harm will never come to Christians or that Christians will never lack food? — No. But it means that even if the worst should happen to us, God still has a way to care for us with eternal life and joy that more than compensates for any hardship we endure in this life. Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19.