Small Group Questions

Discussion Questions

Money - (Change - Week 7) March 17th, 2019

How to use the Sermon Discussion Questions:

1)     Scripture is provided as a convenience to you and for those who may not have a bible.

2)     Excerpts are provided from Tom’s sermon to help the group remember the important parts of his message. Feel free to read these together as a group, or you may simply want to use them as a reminder to put in your own words. Don’t feel the need to read everything in this document as a group. Use what you need, skip what you don’t.


Scripture Passages:

Matthew 6:24 “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.


John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a

murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he

speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.


Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be

burdened again by a yoke of slavery.


2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.


1 Timothy 6:9-10 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. 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.


Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.


Matthew 25:14-15 Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted

his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each

according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.


Matthew 6:19-20 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.


1 Timothy 6:17-19 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their

hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with

everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous

and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the

coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.


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.


1 Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their

hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with

everything for our enjoyment.


2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that

you need, you will abound in every good work.


2 Corinthians 9:11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion,

and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.


Discussion

1. Warm Up: What is the funniest common lie you’ve heard? (The earth is flat, Elvis is still alive,

etc.)


2. Joe started the message with the question “Do I view my money as God sees money?”

How would you answer this question for yourself? Why? How do you think God views money?


3. Read Matthew 6:24.

Why do you think we can’t serve both God and money? What might it look like for someone to

serve money? How can you know who or what you are serving?


4. Excerpt from Joe’s message:

Make no mistake about it: Satan is continuously trying to separate you from the Father. Instead

of worshiping God, he wants you to worship anything and everything else. His primary

approach: Lying.


What things do you find yourself worshipping instead of God? What lies is satan using in your

own life? How have you seen satan trying to separate you from the Father?


5. Read 2 Corinthians 3:17.

What do you think it means to have financial freedom? How do you think it is possible to find

Godly financial freedom?


6. Joe gave us a list of some common money lies, such as:

-You’ll always be broke and in debt.

-The church just wants your money.

-You can’t give a lot so it doesn’t matter.

-More money will make you happy.

-How much money you have (or don’t have) is directly proportional to how

much God loves you.

-Gain is godly and means God loves me.

-Rich people are evil.

-Money is evil.


Have you ever found yourself or are you currently believing any of these lies? What other

money lies have you heard or believed? What have you done or what could you do to

counteract these lies?


7. Read Matthew 6:19-20.

Joe then gave us money truths. One of those truths were “Treasure on earth fades away.

Treasure in heaven lasts forever.”

What does it mean to store up treasures in heaven? How do you store up treasures in heaven?


8. Joe ended his message by saying that God provides resources and gave us a few things He

provides resources for. They were God provides resources…

-For our enjoyment

-So we can abound in every good work

-So we can live generously

How do you see God providing these resources in your life? How have you seen God’s provision

in the past? What might it look like to trust God to provide for your future?


Next Steps:

GRACE:

Revealing Grace: We’re holding onto something that God says isn’t right and true. Restoring

Grace: Making us whole inside so we can live more like him outside!

VISION: What would your life be like if you viewed money as God sees it?

INTENTION: Do you (really) want to view and use money as God desires?

STRATEGY: Give. Save. Invest. Plan the Rest.

How do you think your life would be different if you viewed money as God sees it? What can

you do to change your mindset on money? What practical step can you take this week to start

viewing your money as God sees it?


Take some time and pray that God would either continue to shape your view on money or that

He would begin to show you how to view money like He sees it.