Title: Measure Your Treasure
Summary: When your trust is in God alone, you are free to be generous with others
Key Scripture: Matthew 6:19-24
Be careful WHERE you invest (Matthew 6:19-21) Proverbs 18:11; 23:4-5
Get your EYES checked (Matthew 6:22-23) Proverbs 30:8-9
You cannot love GOD and MONEY (Matthew 6:24) 1 Timothy 6:17-18
Randy said there is a transfer of wealth going on in our country today. Were you aware of this phenomenon? What good could come from gaining financial resources quickly? What dangers could possibly result? How have you prepared yourself financially? Were your parents open about their attitudes toward money when you were growing up? What things have you found helpful in teaching your children regarding what the Bible says about money management?
Read Matthew 6:19-24. What is Jesus saying in this passage? What words, phrases or images do you find significant? Is Jesus condemning those who have riches? Why or why not? What does it mean to “lay up treasure in heaven”? Why is this difficult to do? What can we learn from Matthew 19:29 and Philippians 3:7-8? Talk with your group about Proverbs 18:11 and 23:4-5 and what these say about the uncertainty of riches. Read Matthew 19:22-23. What does it mean to have a “bad” eye and a “good” eye? How does Proverbs 30:8-9 give a balanced perspective to life and money? Do you agree with it?
Read Matthew 19:24. In what ways can money become an idol? How does 1 Timothy 6:17-18 help you become a better money manager of the resources God has entrusted to you? If God audited your checkbook or credit card statement, what would he conclude? What person or pursuit competes for first place in my life and what is happening as a result? In what area of your life (time, ability, finances or possessions) is God leading you to become more generous?
Discuss these two statements with your group:“I will not trust in riches but in him who richly provides.” “You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead!” What one generous action will you take this week in the name of Christ? Report on what happened next week.
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