Date: July 17, 2016
The Point: Contentment and security rest in God, not money.
- Get Into the Study
- Study the Bible
- Additional Questions
- Member Extra
- Tips for Leading Bible Study Groups
Get Into the Study
Use the following information to introduce Question #1:
Begin by sharing this news story:
For 30 years, the business magazine Forbes has published a list of the world’s richest people. In researching the 2016 list of richest people, Forbes found 1,810 billionaires (compared to 1,826 billionaires in 2015). Here’s Forbes’ top 10 list of billionaires:
* 1. Bill Gates worth $75 billion –cofounder of Microsoft
* 2. Amancio Ortega worth $67 billion –founder of Inditex fashion group
* 3. Warren Buffett worth $60.8 billion –chair of Berkshire Hathaway
* 4. Carlos Slim Helu worth $50 billion –chair of telecommunications companies Telmex and America Movil
* 5. Jeff Bezos worth $45.2 billion – founder of Amazon.com
* 6. Mark Zuckerberg worth $44.6 billion – chair and co-founder of Facebook
* 7. Larry Ellison worth $43.6 billion – co-founder of Oracle Corp.
* 8. Michael Bloomberg worth $40 billion – founder of Bloomberg L.P. and 108th mayor of New York City
* 9-10. Charles & David Kock worth $39.6 billion each – co-owners of Koch Industries
Say: Although it’s highly unlikely any of us made the billionaires list, we do appreciate the money that we do have.
Then read Question #1 (“What do you like best about money?”)(PSG, p. XX) and call for volunteers to respond.
Information for this post was gleaned from here:
Study the Bible
Share the following three truths about financial wealth and invite group members to complete the blanks with the teachings of Scripture. If possible, post the 3 truths and the following sentence. Discussion points (in italics) are listed below each sentence to help spur your group’s conversation.
1. Riches are not to steal our time and energy (Proverbs 23:4)
Rather than the pursuit of more money for the sake of wealth, I can put my time and energy into _________________________________________________________ .
(Rejoice and pray, 1 Thess. 5:16-17; Invest in others/make disciples, Matthew 28:19)
2. Earthly riches are fleeting (Proverbs23:5)
Freedom from pursuing riches, which are fleeting, allows me to pursue things that are not fleeting, such as _____________________________________________________ .
(Righteousness, faith, love, peace, 2 Tim. 2:22; the beauty of God Himself, Psalm 27:4)
3. Excessive wealth is not to be desired (Proverbs 30:8)
I can exchange my desire for riches for things Scripture encourages me to want, such as _____________________________________________________________________ .
(God Himself, Psalm 73:25; salvation of the lost, Romans 10:1; gifts of the Spirit, 1 Corinthians 14:1)
— Emily Jennings wrote this Leader Extra. Emily is wife to Brian and Mommy to her three sweet boys. She loves serving at FBC, Woodstock, Georgia, where her husband is Middle School Pastor. Find her on Twitter: @emilyejennings.
- When have you been reminded that there is no lasting security or contentment in money?
- What’s the most rewarding thing you’ve ever done with money?
- How much money would it take for you to feel financially secure?
- How do you tend to spend extra or unexpected income? Give some examples and your reasons.
- When was the first time you realized money is fleeting?
- What are some wrong assumptions people in our culture have about money?
- What direct or indirect questions have you asked about money today?
- What does it mean to “hold wealth and possessions loosely?” Who do you know that does that well?
- What is it about money that makes us feel secure?
- How have you seen God’s faithfulness in your finances, particularly at times when it may not have made sense?
- How would you respond to someone who says riches are a sign of God’s favor and blessings?
- When it comes to finances, how does the message of God’s word compare to the message of the world?
- How does our view of God affect the way we view money?
- What scripture best sums up your view of money?
- What the prescription for contentment?
- When have you found yourself dissatisfied with God in either plenty or need?
- Where does your sense of security come from?
- How have you seen the enemy at work in your heart in times of poverty and/or times of abundance?
- What falsehoods have you believed regarding money?
Share the following with your group members as either a devotional before the group study or as a follow-up devotional: