First Things First – Part 1 (Participant’s Guide)

Ice Breaker

  • Do you make resolutions for the new year? What are some of your goals for 2019? 

Sunday Review

Did you resonate with Pastor Tim’s message? Pastor Tim drew a picture of the Eisenhower Decision Matrix. Where do you find you exist the most? The Urgent or the Important? 


Go to Luke 10: 38-42. This is the story that many people know about two sisters. Mary and Martha. In this story, we see an incredible picture of Focusing on firsts and how we can prioritize the important over the urgent.

Background and Context.

Martha was playing the hostess of not only Jesus but also Jesus’ disciples. At this time Jesus had his core group of 12, but also had a larger group of disciples that were following him around. This was a huge task and a work of love. Martha isn’t a bad person, in fact, her work was important AND urgent, however, she had let the urgent take her away from how her service was impacting Christ.

[Q] What was Martha pre-occupied about?

[Q] What did Mary choose which was the better thing?

[Q] What are the things that may be keeping you like Martha (reacting to the urgent leading to anxiety and frustration) rather than like Mary (making space for what’s important over and against the urgent)?

[Q] How did Jesus diagnose the problem?

[Q] Jesus says that one thing is necessary. What is necessary for you to put Jesus first in your life?


In your group, go around and share one action that you will take this week to begin to put Jesus back as being first. If that is already a habit and a pattern for your life, what is something new you can do as a group to grow? Some small groups have gone away on retreats together, or have tried other spiritual disciplines to help them grow. Here is a list of Spiritual Disciplines. See if there are any you or your group would like to try this week. Have the group leader read off of the list of disciplines and their descriptions. 


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Read Haggai 2:6–9. According to this passage, why should we value God above anything this earth has to offer?

Read Revelation 2:1–7. How is Christ presented in verse 1?

  • What kind of good things was the Ephesus church doing?
  • What most important thing did they fail to do (v. 4)?
  • Are there good things that you are doing for God that are keeping you from the best God has for you?