Small Group Questions
October 21, 2018
In our Gospel reading, James and John reveal their thirst for power when they tell Jesus that they want to be in the top two positions of authority in Jesus’ kingdom. Jesus responds by asking if they will be able to drink from the cup that he will be drinking. According to author, William Glasser who wrote the book, Choice Theory, human beings have five tanks (thirsts) that need to be filled to varying degrees. These thirsts (tanks) include 1) power 2) love/belonging 3) survival 4) freedom 5) fun.
Which of these five thirsts (tanks) motivate you most in your life? Which motivate you the least?
Why do you think it can be helpful if we knew which thirsts are most important in each other’s lives? How might this information about our individual thirsts help us to relate to each other in better ways?
When James and John revealed to Jesus their thirst for power, they were probably thinking of political/military power in his kingdom. Jesus had a different kind of power in mind, one that would involve humility, sacrifice, and serving others.
How have you seen someone use their thirst for power in the way that Jesus has in mind? How can you use the power that Jesus has given you to help build his kingdom here on earth?
Sunday’s sermon concluded with a story of how God wants to fill our thirsts anew. James and John thought they could fill their thirsts on their own.
Share a time when God filled one of your thirsts in a way where you felt renewed and restored. Was it a thirst for power, love/belonging, survival, freedom, or fun?