Dr. E. Dale Locke and Rev. Trevor Johnston
Series: Dollars and $ense
Week 2 – Charge It!
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- Go around the group and have each person share about a time in your life when you “felt” rich. Why did you feel rich?
- Practice our memory verse for this series together as a group.
Luke 16:10-11 – “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?”
- Jesus talked about money more than most other topics. Why do you think Jesus talked about money so much?
Money Management is a Step in our Spiritual Journey
- What did the pastor mean by the above statement?
- Read 1 Timothy 6:11-21, where Paul is writing to Timothy, toward the end of Paul’s life:
“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time– God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. 20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith. Grace be with you all.”
- What questions or comments come to your mind from this passage?
- Most of us tend to think, “Paul’s not talking to me! I’m not rich!” But by the world’s standards, most of us are rich! If you make $40,000 a year, you’re in the top 4% in the world financially. Think over your life. What are some things you are able to do or have that shows you actually are rich?
- Note that Paul talks in 1 Timothy 6:17 about “this present world.” He is reminding us that this world is not all there is. What difference does the fact that there is a “coming age” (vs. 19) after death make in how we handle our money now?
- Read 2 Corinthians 8:7 – But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
What is Paul saying here? Why does he use the word “grace” when speaking about giving?
How does this become a reality in my life?
- Do good (vs. 18)
What are some ways you’re currently seeking to do good in the world?
- Do “good-er” than good
What did the pastor mean by this?
- Be Generous and Willing to Share
Pastor Dale said that it’s good not to own anything you wouldn’t be willing to share. What tends to happen within you if you own stuff that you aren’t willing to share?
Because Hope moves.
- What Pastor Dale mean when he said that “Hope moves”?
- John D. Rockefeller – one of the richest men who ever lived – was asked how much money a person needs to have to feel like he or she has enough. He answered, “Just a little bit more.” What does that answer communicate?
- Verse 17 reminds us that God gives us all things to enjoy. What does this communicate to us about God and about our money?
- Verse 19 refers to “The life that is truly life.” What did Paul mean by that?
- Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” How does this verse relate to what we are learning about money?