The Way of Wisdom #8

Gathering Question       What is the best advice about money you’ve ever received?

Gathering Prayer

  • What stood out to you in the sermon? What insights did you gain? What questions did it raise?

The Wisdom of Hard Work

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.   Proverbs 14:23

  • What motivates you to work hard? How have you experienced the rewards of hard work?
  • What benefits beyond financial gain can hard work provide us?

The Foolishness of Debt

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.   Proverbs 22:7

  • Where have you seen the destructiveness of debt?
  • How can debt leave us feeling enslaved?

The Wisdom of Building and Maintaining Wealth

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.   Proverbs 3:9

  • How can wealth be a blessing? How can it become a problem?
  • How do we decide what “enough” is?

The Foolishness of Greed

Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.   Proverbs 1:19

  • Why do you think some people are willing to compromise their values for financial gain?
  • What can the price be of always acting with integrity? What are the benefits?

The Wisdom of Generosity

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.   Proverbs 11:25

  • How have you experienced the joy of generosity?
  • What are some of the reasons it can be challenging to be generous with others?

Wesley – Gain All You Can

  • Why can it be tempting to sacrifice other elements of our life to earn more money?  What are some things you would never sacrifice for more money?
  • How would you answer these practical questions about gaining all you can:
              Does my work add value to others?
              How am I contributing to the common good through my work?
              Does my work bring me joy? Why? Why not?

Wesley – Save All You Can

  • Why is it so challenging to be frugal and disciplined in our spending?
  • Why is it so tempting to gauge our financial condition by comparing our financial status to others?
  • How can we learn to be content with what we have?

Wesley – Give All You Can

  • How have you experienced God’s generosity?
  • How is giving all you can a natural outflow of gaining all you can and saving all you can for us as Christians?
  • Why is generosity sometimes hard for us? Why is it often easier to be generous with people we love, but more difficult to be generous with those we don’t know as well?
  • What are some practical steps you could take to be more generous – especially with those in need?

Closing Prayer
Dedicate your finances to God. Confess those areas of your finances where you have struggled or been foolish. Ask God for wisdom to be faithful in dealing with your finances. Ask God to open your eyes to the needs of others and to fill you with a generous spirit.