Leave My Mark: Part 5 - Accumulation

August 21, 2022


“I Love My Campus” Work Days! - August 28 & 30
Our Elementary large group room is getting an upgrade - it’s becoming a dual-purpose room serving Elementary on Sundays and OneLife Students on Wednesday nights. So we need your help with painting, moving equipment, decorations and more! Plus, we’ve got several other projects around our campuses to get our buildings in top shape. It’ll take place on August 28 from 12-2pm right after the second service with lunch provided, and on August 30 from 6-9pm with childcare provided. To help, write “Work Days” on your Connection Card or visit onelifeknox.com/workdays.

The Tour - August 28
If you’re newer to OneLife, then stay after the service on Sunday, August 28  for a 15 minute meet ‘n greet that we call “The Tour.” We’ll have some light snacks and refreshments, take a tour around the facility, learn more about why we do many of the things we do, and - most importantly - give you a chance to meet some people! Just look for the sign that says “The Tour,” and if you have kids, they can remain in Kid City until The Tour is over.

MyOneLife - A 4-Week Small Group Experience, Starts September 4
If you’re newer to OneLife or have been attending for a while but haven’t gotten involved, then MyOneLife is your next step! It’s a 4-week small group experience where you’ll learn about the history, vision & values of our church, discover your personal mission and spiritual gifts, and have opportunities to get involved. MyOneLife takes place on Sunday mornings during the 10:45am service in the Meeting Room at each of our campuses starting on September 4. For more information, check the “MyOneLife” box on your Connection Card.
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BOTTOM LINE: Where my money accumulates is where my mark will be left.

Luke 12:13-15 NLT
13 Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.” 14 Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” 15 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”

1. Accumulating wealth doesn't leave the mark that I think it does.

Luke 12:16-21 NLT
16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. 19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ 21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

2. Accumulating wealth doesn't satisfy like I think it does.

Luke 12:22-23 NLT
22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing.

Luke 12:30-31 NLT
30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

3. Wealth and worry go hand in hand.

Luke 12:33-34 NLT
33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

4. Investing in the Kingdom leaves a permanent mark on eternity and on my heart.


Who do you know that leaves a mark anywhere they go with something or some things that get accumulated and left behind?What do you seem to accumulate that would leave no doubt you have been somewhere if someone who knows you walked in and saw what was left behind?


Read Luke 12:1-12. What is Jesus talking about to this crowd? What are some of the big, theological and doctrinal issues you see?

Now read verse 13. How out of context is what this man says? Why do you think this is what he says in the middle of what Jesus is teaching?

What do you think it means that he tells Jesus what to do instead of asking Jesus what he should do?

Read verses 14-15. Why do you think we measure life by what we own? What has taught us to do that? What pressures do we feel that seem to make this an assumption for people regardless of their level of wealth?


Read Luke 12:16-21. In this story, how is this man measuring his life by what he owns? How have you found yourself doing that and how have you found that naturally leading you to some level of greed?

Share about how you have experienced a time when you accomplished a level of financial security that was greater than you had before or reached a goal for yourself in this area. How did this satisfy you and for how long? Did it make as big of a difference as you expected it to in terms of your life leaving an eternal mark? Why?

Read Luke 12:22-33, 30-31. What do you worry about the most in terms of "having enough"? If you truly follow Jesus and truly trust your Father, why should you not worry?

How have you experienced seeking the Kingdom first? Practically, what did that look like? How did it change or reduce your worry?


Read Luke 12:33-34. What have you "sold" or sacrificed - or what can you sell or do without - so that you can invest in the Kingdom? What are ways that you can then give and invest so that...

...people far from God can discover and experience Jesus?
...people in financial or material need can have those needs met?

How does this put the Gospel on display? As radical as this command of Jesus is, is He asking you to do something He hasn't also done for you? How can you continue to increase your sacrifice and pursuit of the Kingdom so that it is the first thing you invest in for eternal impact?


Pray for each other in the micro church to trust Jesus above all else, that what He says about the Father providing our needs will happen. Pray for each other to guard above all else any hint of greed in our lives. Pray that we will see many people who are far from God discover Jesus, and in the process see a giant mark left on the Kingdom, because we all accumulate our wealth in heaven rather than on this earth.
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Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:

Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
Who in your life do you think could be disciple-able or open to spiritual/missional conversations?
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Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?


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