Main Idea: Our habits with money reveal our affection and focus.
Introduction: Most of us are where we are with money because of our habits. Two habits that can help with the “habit of heaping” are budgeting and practicing contentment.
Discussion Starter: Money and finances are not something most American Christians are comfortable discussing. However, we see in Acts 4:32 that this was not the case for our early brothers and sisters. Furthermore, Jesus regularly talked about money and possessions. So, encourage one another in this discussion, and in the future, not to shame or be ashamed on this topic. What are you passionate about when money is not a concern?
Primary Scriptures: Hebrews 5:14, John 10:10, Matthew 25:14-17 and 20-29, Luke 9:3
- What’s the best financial advice you have ever been given? Do you have a budget? If you’re married, do you regularly discuss money/budgeting? If you have kids, do you talk to them about money/budgeting?
- When it comes to money, what habits do you want to change? What is one tangible action you can take this week to move closer to that goal? Keep in mind, a wise rule for goal-setting is to make “SMART” goals (Simple, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely).
- Read 1 Timothy 6:6-10 Many of us have heard a twisted version of this Scripture that would say “money is the root of all evil.” However, the Word here says that it is the love of money that is the root of all kinds of evil. Most of us want money because of what it provides: freedom, comfort, control, and a host of other things. However, all of those things are actually found in God. What things in your life could be done away with if your greatest wealth was “godliness with contentment?”
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read 1 Timothy 6:6 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.