To go for broke by giving our all when God gives us opportunities.
- You have only $500 to spend. What store would you be most likely to go broke in?
- Which of these are you more likely to go all out for: dressing up in a costume, buying a new TV, cooking a big family meal, singing karaoke, or eating at an all-you-can-eat buffet?
- You’re going to be on a deserted island for a year (but with food and water). What four things would you take with you for comfort or entertainment?
Start by checking on how group members did with acting on last week’s sermon. What stones did they write down? How did it impact their faith and gratitude throughout the week? (Click here for the Discussion Guide to “The Power Of The Prompt.”)
Ask eGroup members to share their favorite points from the sermon, what spoke to them, a phrase or moment from the sermon they related to the most, or questions they have. If members have a hard time recalling the sermon, talk through your notes and share your favorite points.
Remind your group that this message was about giving our all when God gives us opportunities rather than measuring the risk and the reward first.
Start with Scripture
Read Mark 14:1-9.
- What stands out to you in this passage? Are there any parts that challenge you or your perspective?
- The woman could have poured only a little perfume, but she broke the jar and used it all. Why didn’t she measure out a smaller amount to pour? (She knew Jesus wouldn’t be with them for long — she knew this was her only opportunity to honor Him.) When you’re giving something (time, effort, finances, etc.) are you more likely to pour or to break the jar? Why?
- Take It Further: Read Colossians 3:17. Where in your life are you struggling to give your all? How does this passage change your perspective in that area? What opportunities could God have waiting for you?
Make It Personal
- What does it mean to you to be a gamechanger? What part of this series has impacted you the most?
- When’s the last time in your relationship with God that you went for broke? What happened?
- How did that season challenge you? How did it grow you?
- When God does something significant to help us, it changes how we see things. Have you had any moments in your life that made you look at an obligation or responsibility as a privilege? How can you share that perspective with someone in your life?
- Mary knew that having Jesus with her was an opportunity that wouldn’t last. What opportunities are in your life right now that might not stay much longer? What can you do to go for broke and make the most of them?
- Pastor Steven said there are four things we can break as we give:
- The grip of greed (wanting to keep your resources for yourself)
- The cycle of scarcity (being focused on what you don’t have instead of your source, God)
- Barriers (divisions like race, gender, politics, and even distances, like other countries)
- Chains (things holding people back from the freedom only Jesus can bring)
Which of those do you have the greatest opportunity to break? How?
Act On It
- Go for broke this week. Look for an opportunity to be a gamechanger in the area you just talked about, and give it your all. (This could be setting aside other priorities and devoting all of your time, using all of your connections and resources, giving financially, or any combination of things.)
- Have each person in your group share what their word for 2019 is and why it’s important to them. Have the group write down everyone’s words. Over the next week, take time to pray for each person in the group and their word.
- You can go here to enter your name and word to get wallpapers, social media graphics, and more to show your word for 2019.
Prayer Requests and Prayer
Ask eGroup members to share any prayer requests they have. Record any notes or prayer requests to pray for members during the week.
Dear Lord, thank You for being a gamechanger in our lives. Thank You for going for broke when You sent Christ to save us. As we end this year, help us get in position to be a gamechanger for others, and show us where in our lives we can go for broke to honor You. Help us see those situations not as obligations but as opportunities that won’t last long. We know You have heard the words we are believing You for in this coming year, and we’re expectant for how You are going to move in our lives. Thank You for Your provision and faithfulness. In Jesus’ name, amen.