The Ridge Church
When Materialism Consumes
Bible Study Outline for 9:00 am February 17, 2019.
Locations & Times
  • The Ridge Church
    7350 Old Hwy 13, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 9:00 AM
Engaging Culture in an Ever-Changing World

Session 1: When Races Collide
Ephesians 2:11-22
Session 2 When Life Is Expendable
Exodus 1:16-17,22–2:9
Session 3: When Circumstances Overwhelm
Psalm 42:1-3,6-8; 43:3-5
Session 4: When Substances Take Over
Ephesians 5:15-21
Session 5: When Marriage Is Questioned
Genesis 2:18-25
Session 6: When Materialism Consumes
1 John 2:12-17; 3:16-18
Session 7: When False Religions Deceive
1 John 2:18-29
The Point

Possessions never satisfy nor last, but the love of God does.
The Bible Meets Life

We love our stuff. Over the past fifty years, the average American home has tripled in size. That would seem to handle all our stuff, yet ten percent of us also rent off-site storage!5 All these things simply don’t last, but they hold our attention—often at the expense at focusing on the people around us. God calls us to love Him first and to express that through our love for others.
The Setting

Toward the latter part of the first century, the apostle John wrote the Letter of 1 John to an unidentified group of believers who most likely lived in Asia Minor. Many Bible commentators believe John spent the latter part of his life in Ephesus, from where he ministered to churches in Asia Minor. John wrote this letter to combat a group of teachers who were troubling these Christians with false teachings concerning the Person and work of Christ.
What’s your favorite thing to spend money on?
How has your faith grown over the years?

What has helped you know God better now than when you first came to Christ?
How do we navigate the tension between enjoying our possessions and being consumed by them?

What strategies have you used to turn your focus toward God and away from things?
How would you describe a godly attitude toward our possessions?

What is it about “stuff” that so often demands our time and attention?

What are some practical ways our group can demonstrate love in truth and action?
Live It Out

Pray. Ask the Lord to help you love Him more than anything. Pray that others would see your love and heart for Christ through your actions.

Evaluate. Chart the many ways you use your money. List the possessions you own and their relative value. Consider what your possessions and finances reveal about your priorities and goals in life. Is it evident that you love the Lord by what you do with what you have?

Give. Think about tangible ways you can help someone in need. Find ways to use your possessions for the benefit of others. Give things away as necessary as you seek to express the love of Christ to others.
Wrap It Up

As you think of God’s extravagant love for you, remember that God wants you to love others in response to His love.