17 mins - the film stops with the words "you don't get diddly"
The middle bit
In that clip, Montgomery Brewster inherits 300 Million dollars on the
condition that he spends 30 million dollars in 30 days and has nothing at all
to show for it
That's means spending at least 1 million a day!
I doubt that any of us are going to have that much money to waste
But I wonder…what kind of things we go waste our money on
[Write down their suggestions on the white board]
Beer / fags / magazines? / sweets / music
Video’s & DVD’s / junk food
In a moment, I’d like you to break into groups…and look at what the Bible
has to say about money.
I’m going to give each group a different reading, so I’d like someone from
each group to tell us what the Bible said, and any conclusions you came to…
Group 1 - Matthew 25:14 – 30: The Parable of the Talents
What does this parable teach us about money?
Which of the three servants do you relate to?
What ‘bags of gold’ have been given to you to take care of?
What does it mean when it says this story is like the kingdom of heaven?
Group 2 - Luke 21:1 – 4: The Widows offering
What does this story teach us about money?
What stops us giving generously like the widow?
How should we apply this story to our everyday lives?
Group 3 – Leviticus 27: Tithing
What does this passage teach us about money?
What is the point of tithing?
How should we apply this passage to our everyday lives?
[Invite each group to feed back their comments…sum up each reading and
their thoughts / answers to the questions]
If we earn £100 a week, and we only ‘tithe’ a pound, what are you saying
Does tithing apply to everything…
Do we have to give exactly a tenth?
The Bible says that money is neither good nor bad.
It’s how it’s used…
1 Timothy 6:10 "The love of money causes all kinds of evil. Some people have left
the faith, because they wanted to get more money, but they have caused
themselves much sorrow."
Rather than getting obsessed with money, the Bible talks about using our
money wisely, giving, tithing
but not because it’s something that we’re expected to do
but because we want to
Paul says this in 2 Corinthians 9:6 – 7 ”Remember this: the person who plants a little will have a small harvest,
but the person who plants a lot will have a big harvest. Each one should
give as he has decided in his heart to give. You should not be sad
when you give, and you should not give because you feel forced to give.
God loves the person who gives happily.”
So to finish I’m going to hand around ‘balance sheets’
I’d like you to write down you income, and how you spend it…
Take that home and think about it…
There are some bible readings on the back for you too read if you want to…