*Leaders: Many societies in the Western world expect their members to be self-sufficient/self-made and we can expect much of the Triangle to have this world-view as well. As we love and encourage each other where we are and to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ, feel free to alleviate any anxiety in talking about money by sharing some ground rules with the group.

  1. We’re looking at God’s principles, not each other’s bank statements.No one should ever feel pressured to share more than they are comfortable with and no one will be expected to share details about their finances.
  2. We can be lost with a little bit of money – and we can be lost with a whole lot of money.No one in this group is in the exact same place financially (or in any other part of our lives) and that’s ok! No matter where each person is, we’re all here to help each other grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ.
  3. God doesn’t want our finances, God want’s our heart. The one time Jesus asked for money (specifically onecoin) he wasn’t trying to get people’s money, He was trying to keep people’s money from getting them! A bank account that is growing is great, but a growing relationship with Jesus Christ is invaluable.

Ice Breaker (optional – choose one below)

  • Share the most practical thing you remember learning in school. What has made it so useful?
  • If you could bring one piece of information from today back to yourself 10 years ago what would you tell yourself and why?
  • What does contentment look like to you?

Main Idea      

We’ve spent the last several weeks addressing the question, “How do we handle our money the way God wants us to handle our money?” This week, we are going to talk about how to put what we’ve learned into practice. “How do we live out what we’ve learned?”

Discuss

What stood out to you from this weekend’s message?

 

What has been one of your biggest takeaways from this series so far? What made it so impactful?

 

What is one thing you have learned about yourself during this series through the way you view / handle money?

 

Apply the Message, Own the Mission

This week is different in that the focus of the message is about how we can apply the truths we have already learned over the past four weeks. The question we have to ask ourselves is this: What financial changes need to be made in my life to bring me into alignment with what Jesus taught about finances?

 

Mike reviewed four wise decisions we can make regarding our finances to lead us toward lives with less stress and more control. Discuss each together as a group.

  1. Choose the percentage of your income that you want to live on and then live on it. (i.e. Make a budget)
    • What would be the biggest benefit of putting this into practice?

 

  • What would be the biggest obstacles to making this a reality in your finances?

 

  • What are some ways to overcome the obstacles you identified?

 

  1. Track your spending.
    • What would be the biggest benefit of putting this into practice?

 

  • What would be the biggest obstacles to making this a reality in your finances?

 

 

  • What are some ways to overcome the obstacles you identified?

 

  1. Get rid of “dumb” debt. (i.e. debt on consumables or things going down in value)
    • What would be the biggest benefit of putting this into practice?

 

  • What would be the biggest obstacles to making this a reality in your finances?

 

 

  • What are some ways to overcome the obstacles you identified?

 

  1. Arrange your finances so you can give first, save second and live on the rest.
    • What would be the biggest benefit of putting this into practice?

 

  • What would be the biggest obstacles to making this a reality in your finances?

 

 

  • What are some ways to overcome the obstacles you identified?

 

Which one of the four will you commit to putting into practice in your personal finances? Share your commitments with each other and follow up in the coming weeks to hold one another accountable.

 

Tweet this: Why take financial cues from a culture that wants a lot FROM us but doesn’t necessarily want anything FOR us? #Multiply @get_hope

 

Tweet this: It’s more fun to choose what you will not own than to own what you cannot afford. #Multiply @get_hope

 

Tweet this: The rich rule over the poor and the borrower is slave to the lender. – Proverbs 22:7 #Multiply @get_hope

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