Attached is the link to the bible study notes: Bible Study Notes – March 10 2013_________
Bible Study Notes
A. Psalm 49
1. verses 1-4 –Introduction
“Stop and listen” –this is a wisdom psalm
2. verses 5-12 “No Payment is Ever Enough”
3. verses 13-20 “The Sorry Fate of Those Who Trust in Themselves”
Summary of the Psalm: death is inevitable and wealth will not postpone that or help us after we die.
B. Mathew 6:19-21
-investing in Heaven is completely risk-free (no moth, rust, thieves, natural disaster, bankruptcy, recession, etc.)
Q: how do we get physical wealth into a spiritual place like Heaven?
A: give to causes that honour God
- local church
- Christian charities
- everyday, generous living
C. Challenge From Psalm 49:13
13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,
and of their followers, who approve their sayings.
-many in our society believe that wealth satisfies, do we as Christians sometimes believe this? Do we as Christians need to adopt simpler lifestyles?
-money is important to Christian living because 1. Wealth is like thorns, it chokes us out and deceives and prevents spiritual fruitfulness 2. When we rely on wealth for satisfaction we can’t receive all of the abundant life that Jesus wants to give us
D. Let the Holy Spirit Guide Your Giving
1. Some give less than 10%
-the key is to 1. Take baby steps in your giving habits 2. Give money to the church at the beginning of the month and not the end
2. Some give 10% or more
-before we make a purchase we should ask “can this wait?” (sometimes God wants us to make this purchase, but in the future)
– let the Holy Spirit guide how you spend and give
1. Should living a simpler lifestyle be more important to Christians? Why or why not? Do you have Bible references to support your thoughts?
2. What are some ideas that prevent us from spending our money in a godly way?
3. Most Christians would agree that at least some accountability is beneficial for Christian living. How do we hold each other accountable about financial issues when talking about money in our society is ‘taboo’ and when we’re not supposed to “let the left hand know what the right hand is doing” (Matt. 6:3)?
-some other things that make this a complicated topic: a. tithe on gross or net and all the income tax paid by those in higher tax bracket
b. what if life circumstances seem to demand lots of ‘everyday, generous living’ towards a family member at the expense of giving to the local church