Go For Broke
Weekly Lifegroup Questions
Acts of Valor: Go For Broke
Pastor John Bishop
June 3. 4, 2012
1. Take a moment and refamilarize yourself with the story of the widow who gave up everything she had (Mark 12:41-44). Have you ever been in a similar situation, destitute, unsure of how you would eat, pay your bills, care for your family or be cared for? In those moments, would you have given the last of your income as she did? Why/why not?
2. Pastor John shared the likelihood that the very men the widow passed by as she gave her offering were the same temple leaders who robbed her of her home, pointing out that her faith was not in men, rather her faith was solely in God as her Provider. Look at what Jesus says in Matthew 6:25-34. What does Jesus say about our value? Does God know what we need? Is He able to give us what we need? What is the key (6:33) to receiving provision from Him? How did the widow exercise this?
3. When was the last time God gave you the opportunity to give? How hard was it? Take a moment to read the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). Which of the three servants do you relate to the most? Some individuals this weekend were given this same opportunity. Perhaps you are one of them. What will you do with what God has given you (regardless of the $100 or what you already have)? Will you hang on to it, or release it so it can increase?
4. Why was the church in Acts 2:41-47 able to provide for the needs of the people? What do you think would happen in our community, our country, even throughout the world if we were willing to be just as obedient in our giving (2 Corinthians 9:11-15)? Take a moment to dream a little. We learned this weekend that it is our responsibility to give and the result of taking it seriously is an abundance of blessing and provision (Malachi 3:7-11). This is the only time God asks us to test Him. Will you? Will you let go of the fear to embrace the resulting blessings? Have you seen Him do this in your life?
5. As Jesus sat and watched the people go in and out of the temple, giving their offerings, was Jesus impressed by those who gave a lot? Why do you think that is? He cares less about the amount and more about the heart of the giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). Where do you find your security? In your job? You possessions? Your checkbook? Or is your security and trust in God (Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 37:3-6)?
This weekend Pastor John encouraged everyone to read 2 Corinthians 8-9. Paul is challenging the Corinthian church to take more risk in their giving as well as instructing them in stewardship and the result of sacrificial giving (9:6). What do you learn when you read through this passage? How does God stir your heart? Is he asking you to risk more, to trust Him more?