Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NIV) — 5 Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.
1. PERSPECTIVE: it is not mine, yours, or even ours…it is God’s money and we are called to steward it.
Psalm 24:1 (NIV) — 1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) —5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:9-10 (NIV) — 9 Honor the Lord with your wealth with the first fruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
3. PLAN: set up and stick to a budget
1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NIV) — 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.
Acts 20:35 (NIV) — 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) — 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
For Small Group Discussion:
Opening Question: What was one of your most impulsive purchases?
Main Point: When we follow God’s design regarding our possessions it leads to unity and the ability to partner with God in financial ways as a family.
Read/Tell the Story: Luke 12:13-21 (the Rich Fool)
Supporting Scripture: Matthew 6:31-33, Ecclesiastes 5:10
Tips and Resources: Consider taking a class, Financial Peace University or Next Level Finances.