Stewardship & Saving • West Campus
After reading Luke 18:18-30 and watching the sermon recap video, discuss a time when it seemed as if following the Lord required one to be poor as a mark of faithfulness. What about this is appealing?
The big idea from Sunday was that Everything we have is a gracious gift from a generous God. One of the implications of this reality is that we are not owners of our resources but stewards. When we truly believe that everything we have is a result of God's immeasurable grace and kindness towards us it changes our perspective on what we value, how we use our energy, and how we understand and use our money.
What are possible negative consequences of your money being stewarded poorly? How could this affect the church as a whole? Community? Family?
Pastor Matt mentioned that when it comes to spending and saving, some of us are careless stewards (acting with no plan) while others of us are controlling stewards (creating a lifestyle where trust in God is unnecessary and we are in control). When considering your finances, do you fall in the camp of being more careless or controlling? If you have seen both, which circumstances bring out your careless or controlling nature?
We should cultivate earning and control spending in response to the gospel reality that Jesus perfectly stewarded all that God had given Him. He used God's resources in God's timing for God's glory and the benefit of all believers. The three ways we can begin cultivating earning and controlling spending was to develop and execute a plan to make money, to multiply money, and to master money.
Why is it so difficult to view our ability to work, our work itself, and the resources that come from our work as a gift from God to be stewarded?
In what ways are you saving for the provision of your families future? What keeps you from investing in this way? In what ways do you put too much hope into your investments?
In what ways are you investing in the kingdom of God? How do you process how much money you should give to the local Church and other Kingdom building entities vs how much money you should keep for yourself?
Do you currently have a plan for saving and spending? If so, what does it look like? If not, what are you going to do about it?
What structures (budgets, financial coaching, etc.) have you put in place to help you with staying faithful in spending and saving?
What is your personal view on having debt? What is your experience with debt?
Series Wrap up
What characteristics of God do we need to understand to be able to trust Him entirely with our finances?
What are some ways we can break through the taboo of talking about money within the church?
How should Christians think about money differently than non-Christians?
What does it mean to be “rich” in the Kingdom?