How to use the Sermon Discussion Questions:
Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Lamentations 3:40 Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.
1 Corinthians 11:28 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?
Philippians 4:11-13 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
This week we continued our conversation on money. Just for fun, if you made 5 million dollars tomorrow how would you use it and why?
1. In the introduction to his message Pastor Tom shared some money stats and some of the challenges that come along with money.
From your perspective, what are some of the major challenges that people face related to finances? (ex: marriage trouble) How do might these challenges impact the way someone views and relates to money?
2. In this series, Pastor Tom has been making a connection between worship and finances. The last two weeks he has shared this definition of worship:
Worship is my expression and belief of God’s Worth-ship in my life.
What do you think this statement means? What are some ways that you express God’s “worth-ship” in your life? How might this relate to giving?
3. In his message Pastor Tom made this statement: And eventually, we can create lifestyles that are not generous at all. We want to be generous but because of our prior choices, we cannot save and we cannot give.
Have you ever seen this happen in your own life or someone else’s? What are some ways someone might change their lifestyle and build a lifestyle of generosity?
4. Excerpt from Pastor Tom’s Message: All through the pages of scripture, people who follow God are encouraged and exhorted to look at their hearts. It’s not behavior that needs the attention, but it’s why the behavior is taking place.
Read Proverbs 4:23, Lamentations 3:40, 1 Corinthians 11:28 and 2 Corinthians 13:5.
What do these verses teach us about our hearts? What are some ways you can tell what’s going on in your own heart?
5. Read Philippians 4:11-13.
What can we learn about Paul’s view of stuff from this passage? What else stands out to you fro these verses and why?
6. Still looking at the passage in Philippians, what “secret” do you think Paul learned that has allowed him to content in every circumstance?
7. When referring to this passage in Philippians Pastor Tom shared made this observation: Paul says it’s an inside job. In other words, the revolutionary teaching of scripture is we can all be content, irrespective of the changes in his financial situation. The inside work of God produces a peace and contentment despite this financial picture.
Have you ever known someone who lives with this kind of contentment? If so what were they like? How do you think they learned contentment?
8. Toward the end of his message Pastor Tom recommended the 80/10/10 model. Excerpt: Make sure your lifestyle is 80% and then save 10% and give 10%. If you are working your way to this, start with a percentage. Begin this process.
If you had to estimate, what percentage of your income goes to your lifestyle right now? What would it take to move toward this model? Or if you are already living the 80/10/10 model, what’s one financial goal that you have?
Philippians 4:11–13 (NIV84) 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
What is one financial obstacle you are facing? What might it look like to trust God in that area?
What is one small adjustment you can make this week to your lifestyle that will allow you to be more generous?
Are there any areas of your lifestyle that you are considering adjusting to build opportunities for future generosity? Pray with your group over the changes you would like to make.