The Ridge Church
Exploit Your Friends
Bible Study Outline for 9:00 a.m. May 26, 2019.
Locations & Times
  • The Ridge Church
    7350 Old Hwy 13, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA
    Sunday 9:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM
He Said What? Hard Sayings of Jesus

Session 1 God Won’t Forgive This Sin
Session 2 You’ll Never Die
Session 3 Sell Everything You Own
Session 4 Love Your Enemies
Session 5 Let the Dead Bury Their Dead
Session 6 Hate Your Family
Session 7 Exploit Your Friends
The Point

Be wise with resources and opportunities.
The Bible Meets Life

We rightly associate all things righteous and holy with Jesus Christ, yet in one parable, Jesus seemed to endorse the unrighteous behavior of one individual. On the surface, His words may seem difficult, but Jesus was pulling a principle out of the unrighteous man’s behavior. This principle of how we use temporary things helps us live the righteous life in Christ to which we’re called.
The Setting

At first glance, Luke 16 seems to deal primarily with economic issues, such as wealth and poverty. However, even economic issues are spiritual issues at their core. How a person handles his or her wealth ultimately reveals if their master is God or money (v. 13)
What’s the most innovative product you’ve seen lately?
What do these verses teach about material possessions and ownership?

When have you seen wise stewardship of resources or possessions?
If you had to describe the manager’s actions in one word, what would it be? Why?

What are some ways you can wisely steward the things God provides?
What are some of the little things you’ve been entrusted with?

What do these verses reveal about being an unfaithful steward of what God has given us?

How would you summarize Jesus’ teaching in this passage?
Live It Out

Confess selfishness. If up to this point you have used your time, resources, and possessions only for yourself, confess that to God. Ask Him to change your heart and use what He’s entrusted to you for the sake of others and for His kingdom.

Use possessions to serve. Make a list of the resources and possessions at your disposal. Beside each item, list one or two ways you could use those in service to Christ. Develop a strategy for using those things for Him.

Work together. Join with others who share a like-minded interest or passion and consider how you can work together to use that interest to benefit others and advance Christ’s kingdom.
Wrap It Up

God is asking that we be mindful that He owns it all, and we are His stewards. When we remember this, faithful use of resources to serve will be much easier.