The Garden Principle – Goodness

Bible Study

Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon:Mark 10:17-27, Psalm 23

Sermon Summary

Jesus is approached by a wealthy man who refers to him as a good man and asks a question about eternal life. Instead of talking about eternal life, Jesus challenges the man to consider what it means to be good. Jesus reminds him that no one is good but God. We tend to think of goodness as established by being better than others, or at least most of them. Goodness is God-like-ness. The good shepherd in John 10 lays his life down for the sheep. The fruit of the Spirit which is goodness is grown in the garden of need. We tend to experience need or want or lack as a wilderness. Often we use our money to stave off the difficult experience of need. However, God grows goodness in the garden of need. The coronavirus offers us a unique opportunity to grow in goodness as we tell God about our need and see him meet us at our point of need with his goodness.


Sermon Application

  • Why did Jesus challenge the man who call him good? What was Jesus wanting him to see?
  • Do you understand goodness as better than others-ness or God-like-ness?
  • How do we use our money and other resources to stave off any sense of need or lack?
  • How can our money lead us to a false sense of self-sufficiency?
  • What does David mean in Psalm 23 when he writes that “goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life?”
  • What is the connection between our expressing our need to God and his demonstrating his goodness to us?
  • When you are in need, is your first response to fix it with your resources or to call out to God?
  • How has God shown you his goodness recently?

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The outline and application questions are intended for your further reflection and action upon the weekend message. They are also designed to facilitate discussion and accountability within your LifeGroup.