What Would You Do with a Million Bucks?
Discuss in your group: If God handed you a million dollars today to fuel His mission on earth, how would you invest it? What organizations, groups, charities, people groups, etc. would you give to, and why?
Then have group members silently reflect on this question: How much has God currently given you to fuel His mission on earth? How are you going to allocate the resources?
Discuss as a group: Why is it so much easier to answer the first question than the second?
1. Read Philippians 4:10-13. Verse 13 is often quoted, but the context in verses 11-12 indicates a specific thing Paul can do through Christ. What is it? (Intent: Paul is referring to being content whatever the circumstances. At the time of his writing, Paul was in prison, not allowing his circumstances to affect his contentment.)
2. a) Discuss the "secret" referred to in v. 12. Consider John 14:27, Matthew 6:31-33, and John 15:7-10. b) Describe a time when this secret was a reality for you. (Intent: A possible answer is that the secret involves believing Christ’s promises of peace and provision, coupled with and fueled by abiding in Him. Paul says that he “learned” the secret. Making the secret of contentment in every circumstance a reality involves a learned process. See 2 Corinthians 11:24-27 for background on Paul’s hardships.)
3. Read Philippians 4:14-18. a) What "account" is Paul referring to in v. 17? Also see Luke 12:33-34. b) Why is this account significant? See Matthew 25:34-46. (Intent: A person’s visible righteous acts are an indicator of a saved heart destined for heaven. God alone knows motives and the contents of that account. The word “share” in verse 14 is equivalent to the Greek word “fellowship,” which emphasizes the relational aspect of the Philippians’ help to Paul.)
4. In Philippians 4:19, Paul indicates God will supply all the needs of those who give. Recount a time when this happened to you. (Intent: Note that Paul indicates God will meet all the needs, not just monetary needs, of those who give.)
5. Paul concludes this passage by glorifying God in v. 20. What is significant about this? (Intent: Paul’s heart of gratitude is expressed by glorifying God, who motivated the Philippians to give. This also serves as a model of a properly directed heart: “…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Cor. 10:31.)
6. Determine a strategy in how you will commit to participate in the Cultivate campaign and share your plan with members of your small group as an act of accountability.
“Teach me that whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. May I consider wisely what to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, but cheerfully. Guide me to make decisions with eternity in mind, using my earthly treasure to invest in heavenly treasure.”
Pray this prayer modeled after 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 and Matthew 6:19-21 this week. Pray by yourself, pray with your family and/or roommates, and pray with your small group.