This Week’s Topic:
Lession 2: “Shiny Gods”, Money, Work and Debt
Deuteronomy 28:12-14 – Blessings for obedience in the Land of Promise; blessings contingent on them not following after or serving other gods.
- “God promised that they would not be buried under the burden of financial worries if they were obedient. Their financial freedom would come as a result of not following other gods or giving their energy and focus to them.”
- The god of consumerism has caused many Americans to be in financial bondage making it difficult or even impossible to worship God rightly in their giving.
- “How much is enough”
Matthew 16:26 – What does it profit us to gain the whole world and lose our soul
It is critical that we have a right understanding and attitude about money, work and debt
Session 2: Money, Work, and Debt (10:20)
- God’s means of
provision for financial freedom is work. Work is a gift from God though we don’t
always see it that way. Genesis 2:15
- “We work to serve God’s creation.”
- “We don’t work primarily for the income. We’re in this for the outcome.
- 2 Thess 3:10 – Will not work, shall not eat – “entitlement mentality”
- God’s means of provision is through our work but we must not lose sight of the true source of our provision—God Deut. 8:17-18
- 2 Dangers of an improper attitude about work: 1. Minimizing work (entitlement mentality); 2. Worshiping work (placing work above God)
- It’s important in our work never to compromise our integrity. How might we compromise our integrity in our work?
- “If we get up every day to honor God and to serve people through or work then the day will bring us joy.”
- DEBT IS NOT HOW
GOD PROVIDES. Debt
creates bondage. Prov. 22:7
- We work to pay for the past rather than invest in the future.
- No matter what our debt situation might be there is always hope.
- 2 kinds of debt: 1. Consumer debt – debt which is used to fund consumption rather than investment. It includes debts incurred on purchase of goods that are consumable and/or do not appreciate. 2. Investment debt – debtincurred to acquire or carry assets that may produce income.
- “It’s always better to live more simply than to go into debt. When we live more simply, we help other people simply live.”
- When we live more simply we will be better able to honor God by investing in the kingdom.
How to Start a Small Group Bible Study
- Ask people if they would like to study with you. (2-10 people)
- who will lead the study
- You can alternate, just make sure you publish a calendar so each person knows when t hey are suppose to lead.
- Values and confidentiality
- Refreshments-type and who will bring what? The calendar will help with this as well
- Name your group -you can change it as you evolve.
- Commit with a covenant signing by all membership
- Pray about and commit to a quarterly community project together (Name it in 30 days)
- Send the pastor your group name and project
- Enjoy where God leads you.
I am asking each small group to commit to a church, community or global project per quarter. Engage your friends to help you accomplish the task. Propose to drill 3 water wells; build houses with Habitat, Organize feeding on the days Hotel D’ Zink doesn’t feed…
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The “SOAP” Model of Small Group Bible Study Journaling
Write down the Bible passage you’ll be studying.
This can be one verse or several. I’ve found that writing the verse helps me to focus on each word individually, and on the passage as a whole. It also helps me soak it in and meditate on each word. It helps to look up key words in Hebrew or Greek lexicons. Here are a few online aids. Biblestudy Tools https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/ and BibleHub https://biblehub.com/lexicon
Examine the text and write down what you notice.
- Who is it written by? Who is it written to?
- What jumps out to you in the passage?
- What’s one thing you didn’t notice before?
- What seems interesting or unusual?
- What comes before and after the text?
- Is there repetition, comparison, or contrast?
- Are there any scripture cross references? If there are, what is the differences in the writings?
Apply God’s Word to your life. The bible is meant to be LIVED PRACTICALLY! As you read over the text, ASK YOURSELF, how does it apply to YOU? Is there a specific action you need to take or a confession you need to make? If so, make it a SMART; Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. This is where the transformation begins.
Prayer is merely talking to God in your own words and listening as God talks back to you. This is how you develop a relationship with God. Prayer takes the scripture out of the Bible and allows it to SOAK inside of you. Accumulating head knowledge about God is of little use; it’s heart transformation that makes us like Christ. This transformation takes place through the work of the Holy Spirit as we yield ourselves in prayer and meditation.Some components of your prayer, can be: admiration, thanksgiving, revelations, questions, responses, applications, opportunities for discipleship, growth, and listening to what the Holy Spirit will say back to you. Pray for your continued walk with the Holy Spirit.
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