Each week during our Proverbs series we will be posting follow up resources to help you reflect on and apply the scripture preached through on Sunday.
SERMON SUMMARY - This past week we looked at the wisdom Proverbs offers us for handling the complexities of money and wealth. We unpacked three important lessons from Proverbs. First, wealth is created as God blesses our work. How we obtain wealth is important! Second, all the money in the world will not satisfy your soul. Wealth is a terrible god. Finally, wealth is a blessing to be shared. Generosity is what we were made for! The Gospel compels us to be a people of Generosity in a culture of excess.
Here is a link to the sermon if you missed it - LINK
SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK - O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name. - Proverbs 30:7-9
MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
- Consider the following scriptures: Proverbs 10:22, Proverbs 13:11, Proverbs 22:16, Proverbs 12:27. How has God designed it for us to create wealth? Why is the way we obtain wealth important? What might be some areas we have been overly influenced by our culture on this topic?
- Consider the following scriptures: Ecc. 3:10, Proverbs 15:16-17. Why is it tempting to make money/wealth a god? How have you struggled with this personally? What is the worship of more, more, more money/wealth doing to us, our children, and our culture?
- Take some time to meditate on Proverbs 30:7-9. What does “enough” look like for you and your family? Is the Spirit revealing any excess that you could do without? Are there any needs that you need to seek assistance from others in the church?
- What practical help do you need to grow towards living within the means God has given you and seeing your excess as opportunity for generosity? (A few ideas: Create a monthly budget, set goals toward eliminating debt, pursue practical financial help from a CPA or financially gifted person, create a “Family wealth assessment” where you list out all of the resources God has entrusted to your household.)
- How does the Gospel inform our understanding of generosity?
If you sense a need help in this area please email [email protected]. He would be glad to meet with you or connect you with some financially gifted people in our church who could help you with the practical aspects of budgeting your money.