Our attitude toward money and our use of material things have long been critical issues for Christians. Should we give everything away, opt for a simple lifestyle, or focus on the responsible management and stewardship of what we have? How should we apply the teachings of Jesus in our age of affluence? What are the keys to developing a truly biblical perspective on our relationship to God and money?
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:1-4, 19-34; Mark 10:17-31, 12:41-44; Luke 12:13-21; John 12:1-8; Acts 2:44-45, 4:32-35, 5:1-10; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5; 1 Timothy 6:3-10, 17-19
• The Issue
What traps do we as Christians face in our efforts to develop a biblical attitude toward money?
Describe a Christian who has challenged you by his or her use of money.
• The Scriptures
Acts 2:44-45, 4:32-35: Why were they able to act so radically? What was their motivation behind their giving? What does such giving mean to God? To others?
Matthew 6:1-4, 19-34: What should we avoid? What should be our attitude about our needs? How does that affect the way we give?
• The Application
Sample application questions:
What are the major questions with which you struggle today regarding money and your personal use of it?
What commonly held assumptions about money do you find that you as a Christian must reject? Why?
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• Rich Wisdom: New Testament Teachings on Wealth, by David Neff (May 1989, 7 printed pages)
Total number of pages - 7