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Millionaire

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Millionaire – Chris Stapleton

Song: Millionaire

Main Point: Without love we have nothing, and we need to grow in our understanding of the love God has for us.

About the Artist – Chris Stapleton

Kentucky bred Chris Stapleton moved to Nashville in his early twenties and instantly found work as a songwriter. About six years later he joined the music group The SteelDrivers, which he enjoyed for a few years before founding a rock group called The Jompson Brothers. Stapleton became a solo artist in 2015 and has since released three studio albums. Known for his signature long hair and beard, Stapleton and his singer-songwriter wife, Morgane, live in Nashville with their five kids.

Song Lyrics – Millionaire

They say love is more precious than gold
It can’t be bought, and it can’t be sold
I’ve got love enough to spare
That makes me a millionaire

I got a woman with eyes that shine
Down deep as a diamond mine
She’s my treasure, so very rare
She’s made me a millionaire

When we ride around, ride around this old town
In my beat up car, with the windows down
People look at her, then they look at me
They say that boy, he’s sure living in luxury, sweet luxury

Because love is more precious than gold
It can’t be bought, no, never could be sold
I’ve got love, enough to share
That makes me a millionaire

When her kisses fall from everywhere
Like riches on a millionaire
When my pockets are empty and my cupboard is bare
I still feel like a millionaire

Because love is more precious than gold
It can’t be bought, no, and it can’t be sold
I’ve got love, enough to spare
That makes me a millionaire

Introducing the Song – You Say This: The song has been described as a soulful blast of heartland rock and features Stapleton singing along with his wife Morgane. The song is about “spare love” and the value of relational closeness over material wealth. The song received a Grammy nomination and was performed live on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Ellen.

The Music Video:  The music video can be viewed for free at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR3Y_RKWENo

Hand out Lyrics and Play Song.

Transition Statement – You Say This: Few would deny that love is valuable, but have you ever considered that love might be worth more than anything this world has to offer? Everyone has heard that God loves them, but is it possible that we have room to grow in understanding what that love for us truly means? Let’s take some time and talk about these things.

Divide into Small Groups: Let’s go ahead and split up into our discussion groups, and then afterward we’ll come back together for a final word.

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Discussion Questions: 

  1. ASK A FEW: Stapleton says that love is more precious than gold. What are some other things that you would personally consider to be worth more than gold?
  2. ASK A FEW: How do you feel about this song being written and performed by people who are clearly millionaires? Do you think they still believe what they are singing? Explain why you think the way you do.
  3. ASK A FEW: What do you think he means when he sings, “I’ve got love enough to spare”?
  4. ASK A FEW: At one point he sings, “when my pockets are empty and my cupboard is bare, I still feel like a millionaire.” Why do you think he is able to feel this way?
  5. AROUND THE CIRCLE: What are the ways you best receive love? If you are familiar with love languages, what is yours? (acts of service, words of affirmation, physical touch, quality time, gifts given)
  6. ASK A FEW: Where do more of your efforts go, toward chasing material things and accomplishments, or toward showing love to others? Can you do both of these at the same time? Share why you feel the way you do.
  7. ASK A FEW: What are some ways you have experienced God’s love?
  8. ASK A FEW: If someone were to ask you how you know God loves them, what would you say?

Read the following passage:

1 Corinthians 13:1-3
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

1 John 4:16
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

  1. ASK A FEW: Paul (author) is saying that if you spoke every language there was, had knowledge of what’s going to happen, could explain all mysteries and had all knowledge, and had a faith that moved mountains – it’s meaningless without love. Do you think he is exaggerating, or do you think he literally means what he is saying?
  1. ASK A FEW: Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. What do you learn about love from reading this chapter?
  1. AROUND THE CIRCLE: Looking at 1 Corinthians 13, which part of love is the most challenging for you? Why do you say that?
  1. ASK A FEW: 1 John 4:8 says, “whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” What does this tell you about the relationship between God and love?
  1. ASK A FEW: Look at the second verse above, 1 John 4:16. What does it mean to rely on God’s love?
  1. ASK A FEW: The original language translated “and so we know” literally means “we come to know.” It implies a continual learning. Think back over the last several months. What are some ways you have come to better understand God’s love for you?
  1. ASK A FEW: As you have experienced God’s love, in what ways would you say that is better than any temporary pleasure or material thing?

Wrap Up – You say this: When a person experiences the love of God, they encounter a love that flows through them in a way that brings deeper satisfaction than anything this world can offer. The more we come to know and understand this love, the more our perspective changes to where we see the other things of this world differently. How has your understanding of God’s love impacted your life in this way? Take a moment and reflect to God the ways His love is “better than life” (Psalm 63:3).

(Pause and give them a quiet moment to pray silently.)

While we would all admit the value of love, the idea that without love we are nothing is a sobering thought. If we embrace 1 John 4:8 and know that God is the very definition of love, that means without God we are nothing. As we come to a deeper knowledge and understanding of His love, we experience God as He has intended. What are the things that keep you from understanding and experiencing God’s love? What are the steps you need to take to encounter and embrace His love each day? Take a moment and talk to Him about these things.

(Pause and give them a few moments to pray silently.)

Love is greater than all because God is greater than all. His love for you and I says everything about who He is. He has chosen to love and value us not because of who we are, but because of who He is. He has then invited us to experience His love so we would see that He is truly better than anything else in this world. We can have all of the possessions, power, and pleasures of this world, but without His love we have nothing. Let’s be people who embrace this free gift, and continue to grow in our understanding of this love and the One who loves us. As we experience this love, let’s be people who radiate that same love to others that they too would feel like a millionaire.

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Rob Chagdes

Rob Chagdes

Rob Chagdes is one of the pastors at Prairie Lakes Church in northern Iowa. In the years since he met Jesus as a sixteen year old, Rob has spent his life working to raise up the next generation to love God and invite others into His unending story. He spends most of his free time with his wife Leslie, their three amazing daughters, and their energetic dog Jedi. You can reach Rob at chagdeswrites@gmail.com .

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