Rev. Trevor Johnston
Series: Dollars and $ense
Week 1 – Own it!
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- 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?”
- Go around the group and name some things God has entrusted you with.
- Talk about how you are handling those things.
- Read Matthew 6:19-21: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
- Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” What does He mean by that?
- Consider your calendar and spending over the past few months. What do they show about you? Talk honestly about this with your group.
- What are some common mistaken ways that Christians measure spirituality?
Own that… money is a spiritual issue.
- Read Matthew 19:16-26: Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” 20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” 26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
- Mark 10:21 tells the same story about this rich young man, but adds the words: “Jesus looked at him and loved him” before Jesus’ suggestion that this man sell everything and give to the poor. What was loving about that suggestion?
- What did Pastor Trevor say about spiritual “perfection” (see verse 21)? How might this be misunderstood?
Own that… money management is a next step in spiritual growth.
- Some people have a desire to “go deeper” with God, but what they really want is more Bible information. How is “more Bible information” different from “going deeper” with God? What actually helps a person go deeper with God?
Own that… our money can own us.
- Notice the reaction of the rich young man in Matthew 19. Why was he sad after speaking with Jesus?
- Why is it difficult for rich people to enter the Kingdom of Heaven?
- What are some effects in a person’s life when their money owns them?
- Jesus’ simple lifestyle of poverty showed that He wasn’t looking for large offerings toward His ministry, so why did Jesus talk so much about money?
- What difference does it make in a person’s life to have financial freedom compared to living with a lot of debt?
Own that… learning how to manage money God’s way is worth it.
- What are some things we can choose to do that will help us live in financial freedom?
- Name some principles of God’s way to manage money.