STUDY GUIDE FOR 10-21-18
Imagine Financial Peace: Pride, Poverty, and Gratitude!
Think about life:
- • What kind of work ethic were you taught growing up?
- • Were there “pros” and “cons” to what you were taught?
- • The saying “God helps them who helps themselves” is often incorrectly attributed to the Bible. What about that saying fits with our Midwestern work ethic? How does that saying limit God?
- • Who is the most generous person who know and how have you seen them demonstrate their generosity?
- • What has been the biggest challenge for you in trusting God to meet your needs?
- • What has been the biggest challenge for you in learning to be generous?
Digging Deeper into Scripture:
- • Read Luke 12:13-21
- o What do we know about the person asking Jesus to intervene in a family dispute about money?
- o What does Jesus warn against and why?
- o Why does Jesus’ statement – “Life is not measured by how much you own” go against everything our consumer culture stands for?
- o (Verses 16-19) How are the farmer’s actions wise business decisions? Isn’t what the farmer accomplished the goal of every business person?
- o Why does Jesus call this business savvy farmer a “fool”?
- o How did this farmer show the attitude of pride instead of gratitude to God?
- o Go deeper: How has God used financial challenges to shift your focus to Him?
- • Read John 12:1-8
- o Would you describe Mary’s actions as generous or foolish? Why?
- o What was Judas’ complaint? How is it accurate? How does Jesus respond? What is Judas missing?
- o (Verse 6) What made Judas’ criticism ring hollow?
- o What goes through our minds when we judge people how people spend their money?
- o How does this passage illustrate the spirit of poverty – both the idea that having wealth can’t be Christian – as well as the fear of not having enough?
- • Read Luke 21:1-4
- o How much did the poor widow give and why did Jesus announce that it was an incredible amount to give?
- o What might have motivated to widow to give all she possessed?
- o Recall a time when you were moved to generosity. What motivated you?
- o How does an attitude of gratitude to God for what you have change a person’s life?
Scripture readings: 1 Tim. 6:17-19; Matthew 6:19-34; Philippians 4:10-20