RAPID CITY ON A HILL, Part 6: Good Tool, Bad God

RAPID CITY ON A HILL, Part 6: Good Tool, Bad God

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Every week, it’s our goal to provide you with some questions to process the message deeper, either personally, or with a small group. Here are some questions for you to consider from this week’s message, “Good Tool, Bad God”, part 6 of the RAPID CITY ON A HILL message series, with Pastor Shawn M. Shoup.


  • Matthew 6:19-34 ESV


Discuss these questions with someone—maybe a family member, friend, or member of your Connect Group. Use a communication method that works best for your situation. 

Start talking.

Find a conversation starter for your group.  

  • What do you think about comic books and superhero movies? Do you enjoy? Why?
  • Who is your Superman?

Start thinking.

Ask a question to get your group thinking. 

  • If it is true that your bank and credit card statements point to what you value in your life, then what do they point to?
  • Jesus starts talking about money in Matthew 6 and encourages us to “not lay up for yourselves treasures”. Why do you think scripture is anti-hourding?

Start sharing.

Choose a question to create openness. 

  • If you are pursuing wealth, you are playing the wrong game and holding the wrong treasure. Why do you think we have a tendancy to take our valuable souls and aim them at something less than Jesus?
  • The eye informs the heart, which begs the question: what are you beholding?

Start praying.

Be bold and pray with power. 

Father God, I want to hold “things” and money loosely and be obedient to how You lead me to use them.

Amen and amen.

Start doing.

Commit to a step and live it out this week. 

  • Trust in God for your finances and needs. He is a good and benevolent God. Be anxious for nothing. Put your trust in Him.
  • God is pursuing you and wants to abide with you; rest in Him.


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