Ice Breaker (optional – choose one below)
- Let everyone in the group pair up and then see if each group can identify two things they have in common in 60 seconds or less. (For the sake of time, we recommend setting a timer) After time is up, pairs break up and find a new partner, repeating the process. See if the group can do this five times without repeating! (for example, you can only say “we both have brown hair” or “we are both in this small group” one time)
- Who is the most content person you know?
- Do you think things make us happy? If not, where does happiness come from?
God has designed and placed us in such a way that not only can we add to the good around us, but our efforts and resources can be multiplied – changing countless lives forever. One of the most common threats to the legacy of a multiplied life is a distraction on what we have rather than why we have it – loving the gift rather than the giver. If we want themes of happiness and fulfillment in our lives, it is essential that we learn the secret of contentment.
What stood out to you from this weekend’s message?
How did the songs we sang this weekend relate to the message we heard? (This is Amazing Grace, Do it Again, What a Beautiful Name)
Do you think contentment is a choice or are some people just naturally more content than others? Why?
What does the Bible say?
Read 1 Timothy 6:6-10
- Contentment is a strange thing; someone can be “content” with lots of stuff and someone can also be “content” with very little stuff. What does it mean then that “godliness with contentment is great gain?” What exactly is “gained?”
- Does Paul warn about having riches or something else? Does this warning apply only to rich people?
- Have you ever known someone who might be an example of verses 9-10?
- Re-read verses 6-7. How can perspective help us be more content? Do you have something or someone in your life that helps you have this perspective?
Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19
- Is Paul more concerned about people’s things or about people’s attitudes?
- Paul contrasts two perspectives of wealth. What are they?
- How are they different?
- How are they similar?
Apply the Message, Own the Mission
Tonight: As a group, list 20 things that you have but don’t deserve and then a list of 20 things you think you deserve and don’t have.
This week: Pick one application to put into practice and then share your experience with the group next time you meet together.
Go to one room in your home (your kitchen, garage, closet, etc.) and set aside anything you haven’t used in a year (or if that’s too challenging, pick 3, 5 or even 10 years). That sweater, chainsaw or tablecloth you’ve never used is probably never going to be used! There is something to be said for saving things “just in case” and you might have spent an embarrassing amount of money on that at one time in the past… but if you wouldn’t be willing to spend money to buy the same thing today than you might be keeping it just to keep it. After going through your room and finding the stuff you’re storing (rather than using or enjoying), give it to a friend, someone in need or sell it and use the money for good!
- Pick one of the below to do every evening this week (set a reminder on your phone!):
- Write down three things that happened today that you are grateful for and one sentence about each.
- Tell someone in person, over the phone or through social media that you are thankful for them and why. Commit to telling a different person this every day.