Ice Breaker: When and how did you first learn the value of money?
Review what Peter said:
Jesus talked about our money. Our desire in this series is to shrink the gap between what Jesus said and how we live.
Last week’s message was about what not do with our money. Don’t store it up here on earth. Realize the wealth of this world is not lasting in its value and can be stolen and destroyed, etc... The challenge was to recognize that we can use what we have here and now to invest in things that last for eternity
This week Peter shared how some of our views on money move us away from trust and generosity. When we think that the more money we have the more we can do what we want, the more independent we can be and the more self-sufficient we can be we have missed Jesus perspective on money. We have embraced much of this thinking and organized our lives around these ideas.
This passage challenges our thinking:
Mt 6: 19-21
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be
Talk about it:
How hard is it to not want to store up things and hang on to stuff? Why is that hard?
What is the connection between our stuff and our heart?
If our heart is revealed in part by the way we handle our money and our things, what are we learning about our heart?
Do you feel uncomfortable talking about how you handle your money?
How can we look at this differently so we can really hear Jesus’ heart for us?
What are some to the things that you think or feel when you talk about money?
How are those things driving your actions?
What should drive our actions?
How often do we have a heart checkup? If we find something not right what do we do with that info?
The Dallas Willard quote implied that if our charities/giving aren’t somewhat uncomfortable we are not giving enough. What do you think about that? Why would he say that?
When you check your relationship with money and stuff what does it tell you?
How does being tight fisted impact our life and relationships?
How does money relate to spiritual issues?
What could you do to help improve your heart health?
What decisions will you make to stretch yourself in the direction of Jesus teaching to invest in things last for eternity?
What would help you embrace the idea that giving can change your life and others?
In what way are willing to be uncomfortable to follow Jesus is this area?