We are a group of imperfect people pursuing a perfect God. We exist to help each other find and follow Christ. These are some things we want to be true of our group:
- We create a safe and honest environment, staying transparent and authentic.
- We keep it inside the circle. Confidentiality is necessary for a healthy group.
- We look together to the Bible for help and guidance, and keep out our own politics, sales, or agendas.
- We do not try to fix each other, preach sermons, or give unsolicited advice. We instead encourage, listen to, and celebrate each other.
- We handle conflict between us quickly and honestly by going to the person, owning our part, and practicing forgiveness.
- We respect each others’ time by starting and ending when we say we will.
- We trust that it is God’s role to change people, not ours.
- We believe that in Jesus Christ, there is hope for everyone.
- What's the biggest impulse buy you've ever made?
It's so easy for us to let weeks and months turn into years without stopping to evaluate what we are really doing with our lives. But, we have the incredible opportunity to begin again. In this series we are looking to what God says matters in our everyday lives and discovering together how to leverage the way we live to make a lasting difference.
Money is one of the tools that God has given us to make a lasting difference, but it's not as easy as it sounds. Money can weigh us down, it impacts our everyday lives, and has huge implications for our hearts. We all waste money in one way or another, but God wants something more for us. Jodi said that when we trust God's way of managing the money that He's given us, we get to experience the freedom and joy that He promises.
- Your Money Tendency
Are you a spender or a saver? Have you ever been (or are you currently) in a relationship with the opposite?
Read 1 Timothy 6:6-10 together.
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 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people 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.
- The Myth of More and the Love of Money
How have you seen Paul's warnings to Timothy play out in either your life or someone else's close to you? Why is there a tension between being "eager for money" and walking in faith and godliness?
- The Myth of More
What's your personal myth of more? How do you normally fill in these sentences?
"If I had more ________, I'd be happier"
"If I had more money, I'd be _________"
- The Myth of More
- Competing and Comparing
Jodi said that comparing feeds our dissatisfaction with what we have in a dangerous way; and one way to kill the competition is to just declare someone else the winner. Who do you need to declare the winner? Is it a neighbor? Family member? Instagram influencer?
- Wise Counsel
Has someone's wise counsel ever stopped you from making a poor financial decision, or helped you make a decision that proved incredibly helpful?
- What Holds Us Back
The two most common reasons for not getting wise counsel are that we are embarrassed about our financial situation, or we are worried someone will tell us something we don't want to hear. Are either of these ever true for you? What else holds you back from seeking counsel?
- Treasure and Heart
In Matthew 21, Jesus says "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” How have you seen this be true in your own life? How has your affection and attention followed your money?
READ. PRAY. DO.
Check in on how last week's READ / PRAY / DO went. What did everyone learn about themselves or God by reading, praying, or doing?
- Jesus Talks Money
Read some of Jesus' most powerful teachings about money, our hearts, and how to manage God's money wisely.
- Mark 12:41-44 (The Widow's Offering)
- Matthew 6:19-21 (Treasures in Heaven)
- Luke 16:1-15 (Parable of the Shrewd Manager)
- Luke 19:11-27 (Parable of the Ten Minas)
- Luke 12:13-21 (Parable of the Rich Fool)
- Jesus Talks Money
Prayer is simply talking honestly to God, in your own words or sometimes words written by others. Try praying this prayer, or something like it, throughout your week:
God, everything we have comes from you. You are a good and generous and have given us more than we deserve - you've given us yourself! You've give us your love, even though we didn't deserve it. Help me keep my wants and needs in perspective, seeing my life and my money like you do: as something to be used for your kingdom and the things you want to accomplish in this world.
"Test Me in This"
Do we own money, or does money own us? Trusting God with our money is one of the only things about which God says, "TEST ME in this".
So try it: give!
Whatever you're giving or not giving right now, take a good look at it. Take an intentional and sacrificial step toward more generosity this week. Find a place where God is working and give to it. Then be intentional about watching how God changes your heart and your attitude along the way.
6 “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.
“But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’
8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.
“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’
“In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.
wasted, wasting -- Verb.
to consume, spend, or employ uselessly or without adequate return; use to no avail or profit; squander:
- Don’t buy the myth of more -
“Mo money, mo problems.”
1 Timothy 6:6-8
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing we will be content with that.”
- Distinguish between wants and needs -
“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
- the assumption that it’s all for my consumption
- Stop Competing and Comparing -
“It is better to be satisfied with what you have than to always be wanting something else. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”
- Be cautious of Debt -
“The borrower is slave to the lender.”
- Get wise counsel -
“Plans succeed through good counsel.”
- Put God First -
“The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.”
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
(NIV Translation) “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
(The Message Translation) “Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”