Stewardship & Saving • Central 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?
Read 1 Tim. 6:17-19. Here, we are given some guidance to attain “that which is truly life.” What is commanded negatively ("don't do this") and positively ("do this") by God in regards to money? (Try to use the word “haughty” in your response.)
The big idea from Sunday was that God desires His people to steward financial resources well so that provision is available in times of need.
What are possible negative consequences of your money being stewarded poorly? How could this affect the church as a whole? Community? Family?
Pastor Kurt mentioned that when it comes to spending and saving, some of us are careless (acting with no plan) while others of us are controlling (creating a lifestyle where trust in God is unnecessary). 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?
There were three principles of stewardship that were presented in the sermon. The principle of possession (a reminder that all things belong to God and we have the privilege of managing those possessions), the principle of purpose (managing resources with a plan, priority, and a profit) and the principle of persistence (remaining faithful beyond a mere season of life).
The Principle of Possession.
Why do we believe that resources belong to us? What in the culture has taught us to view our possessions this way?
In what ways do we have the freedom to enjoy things that seem "frivolous?"
The Principle of Purpose.
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 is your personal view on having debt? What is your experience with debt?
The Principle of Persistence.
What structures (budgets, financial coaching, etc.) have you put in place to help you with staying faithful in spending and saving?
Pastor Kurt mentioned a few steps to take if you have found yourself the victim of your own foolish decisions regarding overwhelming debt. Step 1: Confess. Step 2: Stop wasteful spending immediately. Step 3: Communicate with creditors. Step 4: Develop a plan to pay it off (utilize faithful resources to help).
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?