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Biblical Attitudes Toward Money

Sunday School Lesson

Grace International Baptist Church

Intro:

1 Tim 6:3-12 (NIV)

3 If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching,

4 he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions

5 and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.

8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.

10 For the LOVE OF MONEY is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

The love of money is a source of grief for many. It is a spiritual fight. Apparently Jesus taught more on this than any other subject. The big reason is as Richard Foster (1985,p.13) noted: “The demon in money is greed. Nothing can destroy human beings like the passion to possess.”

Illustration: The Trouble with Money

Guys, just remember, if you get lucky, if you make a lot of money, if you get out and buy a lot of stuff--it’s gonna break. You got your biggest,fanciest mansion in the world. It has air conditioning. It’s got a pool. Just think of all the pumps that are going to go out. Or go to a yacht basin any place in the world. Nobody is smiling, and I’ll tell you why. Something broke that morning. The generator’s out; the microwave oven doesn’t work. ...Things just don’t mean happiness.

H. Ross Perot (Billionaire and former Presidential candidate) in Fortune magazine.

Foster (1985,p.20-23).discovered there are 2 major streams of teaching in the Bible – “the dark side” (cf. Lk.6:24, 13, 30, 12:23, Matt.19:24; 1 Tim.3:1-5) and the “light side” (Lk.8:2-3, Matt.26:6-12; 27:57-61, Acts 4:36-37; Rom.12:8; Lk.11:37; 14:1; Mal.3:10)

1. God owns it all. Therefore I am only a m__________________ of His assets.

Psalm 24:1 (NLT) “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.”

1 Cor.6:19-20 (NLT) “You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price.”

Randy Alcorn (2001,p.24) “A steward manages assets for the owner’s benefit. The steward carries no entitlement to the assets he manages. It’s his job to find out what the owner wants done with his assets, then carry out his will.”

2. Earth is not my h_______________. My heart always goes where I put God’s money.


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