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Wk. 1: Minding Your Business
Discover your Spiritual Gifts, abilities, and passion
Sunday Dinner Table Questions
Spend some time this week talking to God about your financial vision. Write down short term and long-term goals. If married, do this together. If your financial situation seems overwhelming, find someone who can advise you regarding your finances. If this is an area of strength for you, consider helping someone else gain financial freedom through accountability and encouragement.
1) In what area of your life are you experiencing financial bondage or tension?
2) Answer unselfishly, “If money was no object, what would you do with the rest of your life?”
3) What is your vision? (You may want to answer in terms of one, five and/or twenty year vision.) Be specific.
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The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world and those who dwell in it. Psalm 24:1
Everything we have belongs to God. How can we make the transition from an “owner” mindset to that of a “manager”?
Love for money causes all kinds of evil. Some people want to get rich. They have wandered away from the faith. They have wounded themselves with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:10
What are you pursuing? If I looked at your calendar and checkbook, what would I see you pursuing?
Would you describe yourself as more of a tightwad or an impulse buyer? Are you more of a saver or spender?
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. Proverbs 22:7
In what area of your life are you experiencing financial bondage or tension?
Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter… Proverbs 6:5
How will you fight for your financial freedom?
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 21:5
Do you have plans, goals, or a vision for your future? What happened to your dream
So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end.” Matthew 28:19-20
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Eph 2:10
What is your vision? (You may want to answer in terms of a one, five and/or twenty year vision.) Be specific. Are your financial decisions consistent with your vision?
Read the parable of the shrewd manager in Luke 16:1-13.
• How did the rich owner respond to the manager who was “wasting his possessions”?
• Why was the manager afraid to lose his job? What plan did the manager devise to secure his future? Why does the owner commend the manager (v. 8)? How does this apply to us today?
• What do you think Jesus meant when He said, “Use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourself”?
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21
Couples: What percentage of your disagreements have something to do with money matters? How do you and your spouse differ in your vision for your finances?
The best food and olive oil are stored up in the houses of wise people. But a foolish man eats up everything he has. Proverbs 21:20
Are you saving for an emergency fund? What about a car, car repairs, a computer, retirement… if not the Bible calls you a fool. Will you start saving?
Read the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30. The term “talent” was used as a unit of weight or coins but it can apply to anything God has given us; such as, our time, money and abilities.
• What do you think Jesus was teaching us through this story?
• What were the master’s expectations of his servants while he was away?
• How do you feel about the ways you are currently investing your life? What does it mean to you to be faithful in the little things?
• What are the rewards of investing in God’s kingdom? Who could benefit most from the gifts and abilities God has given you?
Wk 2: Eternal Investing
1) Have you ever stolen something? If so, how did it make you feel? (Remember, not tithing is stealing from God.
2) If you’re not tithing, what’s holding you back?
3) What is your idea of a “blessed business?”
4) If you are tithing, encourage others with stories of God’s faithfulness.
Week 2 Daily Devotions
Monday: Read God’s tithe challenge in Malachi 3:7-12.
How had Malachi’s peers robbed God? With what results? What was the purpose of the tithe in the Old Testament? Why does God challenge His people to put Him to the test (vv.10-11)? Have you ever stolen something? If so, how did it make you feel? In what ways do we rob God everyday? What does our attitude towards our possessions reveal about our heart?
Tuesday: Read Malachi 3:16-18
What is wrong with giving to God with a ”what’s-in-this-for-me” attitude? What will the Lord reward in the end? Which does God reward, outward behavior or the obedience of faith?
Wednesday: Read Genesis 14:18-20 & Luke 6:38
To be blessed is to have God’s supernatural power working for you. How would you like to experience the blessings mentioned in Luke 6? What might these blessing include? If you’re not tithing, what’s holding you back? What can you do to over- come the fear of tithing? What steps of faith do you need to take? Is there ever a time when it would be irresponsible to tithe or give?
Thursday: Read Paul’s instructions about giving from the heart in 2 Corinthians 9:6-11.
Why did Paul apply farming principles to giving? How are we to give?
Why? What does it mean to give as you purposed in our heart? What does God promise to those who give generously? Why does God love a cheerful giver as opposed to one who grudgingly gives large sums? What do we need to believe about God in order to be a cheerful and generous giver?
Friday: Read in Luke 11:42 and 18:9-14 what Jesus had to say to those who were tithing for the wrong reasons.
Who was Jesus addressing? What motivation did He say governed their tithing? What did He say was most important? What inner attitudes about giving do you need to change so that your motives are right? How can you keep your motivation in tithing pure and free from legalism?
Saturday: Read Haggai 1:5-7
Do you ever think, “I don’t have enough”? What’s God trying to say to you? Is a cursed business worth keeping God’s 10%? What does it mean to be under a curse? Who is the devourer? Do you think the curse is from God or from our enemy, Satan? (See John 10:10)
Wk. 3: Spending
Monday: According to Matthew 6:24, we cannot serve God and money. How do we serve money? In what ways do you serve money? What are some ways that our money can serve us? How can our money serve God?
Tuesday: Romans 13:8 tells us to “owe nothing to anyone except to love one another,” How might financial debt hinder your ability to reach people with God’s love? Who would you most like to help, if you were free of debt? How motivated are you to get out of debt?
Wednesday: Read James 5:1-5. What’s the last thing you wanted that you did buy? Start a prayer journal, listing items for which you are waiting before buying. Record how God answers and provides. Discuss with your spouse and decide what the guidelines will be for making non-budgeted purchases.
Thursday: Print out the debt reduction form available on line and develop a debt snow- ball plan. Pray about the amounts you spend on unnecessary items. Ask God to show you where you can free up money to pay off your top (smallest) debt.
Friday: Read 1 John 2:15-17. Identify the top three areas where your undesignated money is being spent. As it relates to spending money, what does God want you to say “no” to now, so you can “yes” for the rest of your life? What sacrifices or steps do you need to make to bring your spending under control?
Saturday: Read 1 Timothy 6:6-10. Are you content? What do you really want, but do not need? Would you considered it foolish? How about harmful? Will you be happy with food and clothing or focus on what you lack?