FP#1: Imagine Financial Peace!

Study Guides

STUDY GUIDE FOR 10-7-18

Imagine Financial Peace!

Think about life:

  • When you were growing up what messages did you get from your parents about money?

  • Share a story of a time when you got what you wanted, but the joy of getting what you wanted turned out to be short-lived?

  • List three things that come to mind that you would like to buy?

  • When the pastor announces a sermon series on money do you get defensive, angry, check-out, or do you get excited?

  • What has been the biggest challenge for you in learning to manage money?

Digging Deeper into Scripture:

  • Read 1 Timothy 5:3-8

    • Note: These are the Apostle Paul’s instructions to Timothy about how believers are to life their lives.

    • What does Paul say pleases God? Why would that please God?

    • What does Paul say is a sign of the true faith? Why would that be a sign of true faith in Jesus Christ?

    • What are a family’s basic needs? What “wants” do we often include in our “needs”?

    • Go deeper: List your family’s needs and thank God for providing for those needs.

  • Read Proverbs 21:20

    • Note: In Proverbs a “wise” person is one who lives God’s way and a “fool” is a person who ignores God’s way.

    • What’s the difference between the wise and the fools? Why is it foolish to spend all that we take in? What is wise about planning for the future? “The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but the fools gulp theirs down.” (Prov. 21:20 NIV)

    • What in our consumer culture makes it challenging for us to save for the future?

  • Read 2 Cor. 9:6-12

    • (Verse 6-8) What are the main things Paul wants believers to keep in mind as they give to God’s work? Are you surprised by what Paul says? Does what Paul say differ from what you’ve experienced in churches? How is what Paul says “good news”?

    • (Verse 8-12) Why does God provide for us? What does Paul say we should be known for?

    • Go deeper: Have you decided in your heart what to give to God’s work? If you’re a reluctant giver, what would change you into a cheerful giver?

Scripture readings: 1 Tim. 6:2-19; 2 Cor. 8:10-15; Matthew 6:19-34