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Upgrades: Week 3

Upgrades: Week 3


  • This is for everyone –singles and married
  • Discipleship in the 5 spheres
  • Focusing on home sphere
  • Dealing with the four issues that cause the most trouble
  • Communication – finances –intimacy –parenting

A. Relationship with God – and one another –a helpmate

  • 3 Cs—
  • A creator
  • A couple
  • A Covenant
  • Partnership with a purpose

Genesis 2:18 (NIV) — 18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Genesis 2:21–25 (NIV)

B. A partnership with a purpose – rule over, take care of –with God and the woman

  • God gave the couple a charge – expand and multiply over the earth

Genesis 1:26 (NIV) Genesis 1:28–29 (NIV) Genesis 2:15 (NIV)

The curse and the mission change

  • Restore us to relationship with God and each other as we live out the mission with Him

Matthew 28:19–20 (NIV) — 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 5:14–16 (NIV)

Gods’ partners in the realm of finances

  • The Restoration of partnership with a purpose
  • A house divided can’t stand
  • The V—for the married – Partnering to further the Kingdom of heaven in our slice of history

His plan for financial partnership

1. We as Christians accept that everything is Gods for His purposes

  • Good stewards —
  • Matthew 25:14-31

Deuteronomy 10:14 (NIV)

His purposes for what He gives us

  1. To take care of our own needs
  2. To care for the needs of others
  3. So that we bring glory to God

1 Timothy 5:8 (NIV).

Ephesians 4:28 (NIV) 2 Corinthians 9:11 (NIV)

2. The details for life (look at resources)—

  1. building your house on the rock
  2. This helps us to focus on eternal things – savings for eternal retirement

1 Timothy 6:17–19 (NIV)

Getting into the details of Gods kind of partnership –

  • We accept that the first 10% –for the work of the Lord in the church
  • Live within your means so that you can be a part of something bigger
  • Make a plan –together
  • Remember it’s not about the number – it’s about faithfulness
  • Even believers can struggle with finances but the lack doesn’t define us and it doesn’t necessarily mean we have been unfaithful
  • It doesn’t mean we are not rich in eternity

Malachi 3:10 (NIV)

Celebration –so many of you have been faithful stewards – I know God is blessing you

What if –

  1. What if you are in a mess?
    • Take a class
    • Repent
    • Get a mentor to walk through with you –wise counsel
  2. What if everything seems fine and you’re not being obedient?
    • The storm is coming
    • Its empty and unprotected and temporary
  3. You are unequally yoked?
    • Be respectful – honor your husband
    • Be understanding –listen to your wife
    • Be wise in how you deal with things – God knows your hearts

1 Peter 3:1–7 (NIV)


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)

Head Questions –

What was the argument that initiated Jesus telling this parable?

Why did the rich man tear down his barns?

Why did God consider this man a fool?

Heart Questions-

Where do you see yourself in this story?

How do you determine what is wise planning vs. storing up treasures in an unhealthy way?

What do you do when finances are the tension in your family?

How have you decided in your home what is prioritized when it comes to spending money?

Hands Questions-

How can you ‘guard against all forms of greed’ in your life?

What part of your finances need to be realigned to God’s design?

What is an area in which God is calling you into greater generosity?

Supporting Scripture: Matthew 6:31-33, Ecclesiastes 5:10

Tips and Resources: Consider taking a class, Financial Peace University or Next Level Finances.

For all resources for this series go to: https://realliferesources.org/current-series/upgrades/