STUDY GUIDE FOR 10-28-18
Imagine a Financial Peace: The #1 myth about money…
Think about life:
- List the things that you own.
- What are the different reasons you bought the things that you own?
- “The more you own the more successful you are. The more you own, the happier you will be.” Talk about how you see these statements played out in the media and in our community.
- In what sense do the things that you own actually own you?
Digging Deeper into Scripture:
- Read Mathew 25:14-30
- Note: As Matthew tells the story of Jesus, this is one of the stories Jesus told his disciples right before his arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection.
- As he begins the story, what does Jesus say the story is really about?
- As you read the story what strikes you or what questions do you have?
- Thinking about the three servants, what is the one difference between the ones who were told “Well done, good and faithful servant” and the one who was told “You wicked and lazy servant”?
- What difference does it make in your life if you think you’re an owner vs. you’re responsible to manage what God has given you? Whereas our culture defines success by how much money and stuff a person has, how does Jesus define success in this story?
- Have you know people who were not successful in the world’s eyes, but they are people that Jesus would say are successful?
- Who do let determine whether or not you’re “successful”?
- Read Philippians 2:5-11
- This passage is about how Jesus, God’s Son, was willing to give up the privileges of being God’s Son to be obedient to carry out God the Father’s mission to save people from sin.
- What strikes you about this passage?
- Jesus gave up his privileges as God’s Son and was obedient to death on a cross before he was rewarded with resurrection the title of Lord. How can it seem like a “death” to begin giving to God’s work? And how do we experience a “resurrection” to a new life of managing God’s resources?
- The Apostle Paul talks about “dying and rising with Christ” (Rom. 5:6). What do we have to “die” to in order to be “raised up” into a life of thankful generosity to God and His work?
Scripture readings: 2 Cor. 9:1-15; Malachi 3:6-12; Proverbs 30:9