For Further Study:
Community Group Discussion
For the week of March 5, 2017
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, Fearful to Cheerful, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
1. Can you think of times in your life when you were caught up in fear or worry over finances?
What has helped you gain freedom during times when you were engaged in these negative behaviors?
2. Which of the following messages about money and financial security did you learn from your family growing up?
o Money can’t buy you happiness
o Financial security is the most important goal in life
o Money is the root of all evil
o Wealth is a sign of God’s favor and approval
o He who dies with the most toys, wins
o The best part of having money is helping others
o Debt is always bad
o Debt is okay for things you really want
o Never buy anything unless it’s on sale
o Saving for the future is very important
o Other _______________
1. This weekend we heard about the practice of “giving off the top.” This kind of giving is both an act of thanking God for his current provision AND a way of trusting him for future provision. Unfortunately, throughout history many of God’s people have given to his work primarily out of what’s left over rather than off the top. What surprises you about God’s attitude toward this practice in Malachi 3:7-12?
What are some of the biggest challenges people face when “giving off the top” instead of giving out of their leftovers?
2. Many people look to financial security to provide a sense of comfort and protection from life’s ups and downs. They believe that money can be a hedge against the trials and tribulations of life. As we heard this weekend, often times the sense of security that money provides is just an illusion. How could the following passages help us experience a greater sense of security than money or possessions can provide?
How can God’s care and faithfulness affect how we live life on a daily basis?
3. Solomon was one of the wealthiest and wisest kings of all time. His take on financial freedom is summed up in Ecclesiastes 5:19 where he wrote, “Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.” How do you reconcile this attitude with what James wrote to rich people in James 5:1-5?
How could the rich people James is addressing have benefitted from Paul’s words to the wealthy in 1 Timothy 6:17-19?
TAKING IT HOME
1. Based on this week’s message, is there anything you need to change or do in your life to experience more financial freedom?
2. Have you considered the 80-10-10 principal? Give away 10% - Save 10% - Live on 80%
What changes would you have to make in your life to line up with this?