Small Group Lesson:
When and how did you first earn money of your own?
What did you do with it?
Money is merely a tool for getting things we need or for doing good. Christians should view money as a tool for glorifying God.
Read Matthew 6:24
Trying to follow both God and money will lead in opposite directions. Money is a terrible master but can be used as a tool. God is a perfect master and should never be used as a tool.
Describe someone “mastered” by money.
Describe how someone might sinfully treat God like a tool to gain money or other desires.
Read Matthew 6:19-20
As a tool, money can be used to bring temporary happiness through temporary treasure or can be used to bring glory to God storing up an eternal reward.
Imagine you are randomly given ¥100,000. … What was the first idea that came to your mind for how to use the money?
Read Matthew 6:21
The way we use our money reveals what we value. Based on the way you spend your money, what do you value?
The way we use our money can train our hearts what to value. What do you think will happen when we invest in God’s eternal kingdom?—or, How would you look at life differently if literally everything of value you had was in heaven and you had nothing of value on earth?
We all sinfully struggle with anxiety and worry from time to time. Read Matthew 6:25-33 out loud together and allow the exhortation of Christ minister to your souls.
Read Matthew 6:25-33
What are you worried or anxious about right now? How do the words of Christ impact you?
May we joyfully, willingly, and trustingly use our money to bring glory to God! If there is a specific way the Holy Spirit is leading you to use your money differently, share it with the group (example: begin giving a regular offering to God at church).