All In

Generous Giving Conference

In this 11-minute clip from Chip Ingram's message at the Generous Giving Conference, Chip calls Christians to an all-in life. Chip is Senior Pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, CA and has authored numerous books including Culture Shock and Finding God When You Need Him.

In the two case studies that Chip shared, individuals sold all they had to acquire something of a much greater value. Would you have done the same, knowing what they knew? Why or why not?
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Has there been an investment, in life or in business, where you've made a substantial—but well-informed—risk that promised a significant return? What happened?
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Matthew 13:44-46 (ESV)

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value

45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,46who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

According to these parables, the driving principle of God's Kingdom is forsaking all one has for the greater worth and joy of fellowship with Him. What, practically, does this pursuit of God's Kingdom look like in your life?
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Is there a situation right now where you are having trouble trusting the Lord completely—where you're afraid to go all-in? What is it?
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Think through some situations in your past where the Lord has proven Himself trustworthy in your life. How does recalling what God has done in the past give you the faith to trust Him with your current situation?
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So what does it look like to surrender everything to God—to truly see the surpassing value of His Kingdom? Watch this interview with Bill and Vonette Bright, the founders of Campus Crusade for Christ. Their willingness to go all-in with their lives has impacted generations of college students across the United States and the world.

You might have a large stack of chips in front of you. Or, you might have just enough to get by. Regardless, God is calling you to say, "The chips of my future, of my family, my relationships, my money, belong to you, God. I'm all in." 

You can trust Him. The reward far outweighs the risk.

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