Teaching Students a Cure for Greed featuring Francis Chan

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In this honest interview, Nate shares how growing up poor and the desire to have what all his friends had led him to steal.


Take a moment to think about the different kinds of students in your group—their backgrounds and different socio-economic status. Is the disparity of material resources an issue? How do the teens in your group treat those who have less than they do? How about those who have more?
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Francis Chan is a nationally recognized speaker and the best-selling author of "Crazy Love" and "Forgotten God." He is passionate about seeing teens display a much deeper love for Jesus and their neighbors. After listening to Nate's story, Francis shows how he would teach on the compelling biblical solution to greed.



Francis said that one cure for greed is “caring for others like we care for ourselves.” As he examined different Bible verses, Francis encourages students to look at the poor and their needs. He said, “There are people who have nothing compared to you.” It’s easy for us in America to forget that almost half of the people in the world today exist on less than $2 a day.

How can you help your students become more aware of the poverty that the majority of the world’s population lives in? How do you think that awareness will change their attitude towards possessions?
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What creative ways can you think of to encourage your group to get involved in giving to those who have less than they do? Is there something you’re doing now?
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This teaching video is an excerpt from the Surrender Bible study series. You can find the entire series exclusively in the RightNow Media Bible Study LIbrary.