Ephesians 5:15-17 (Phi) Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days. Don’t be vague but firmly grasp what you know to be the will of God.
Matthew 6:19-21 (NET) “Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Romans 6:13 (TLB) Give yourselves completely to God—every part of you—for you are back from death and you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for his good purposes.
Ephesians 4:16 (NCV) The whole body depends on Christ, and all the parts of the body are joined and held together. Each part does its own work to make the whole body grow and be strong with love.
Deuteronomy 8:18 (NIV) Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.
Deuteronomy 14:23 (TLB) The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.
Malachi 3:10 (NAS) “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and test me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”
Acts 1:8 (NLT) “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Romans 10:14 (NLT) But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
Matthew 9:36-37 (TLB) What pity he felt for the crowds that came, because their problems were so great and they didn’t know what to do or where to go for help. They were like sheep without a shepherd “The harvest is so great, and the workers are so few,” he told his disciples.
What are some “meaningful moments” from your childhood that seem like they were “only yesterday” to you?
Pastor Steve talked about how “Chronos” time can become “Kairos” time – what are some keys to “redeeming the time” in how we spend it? What’s the difference between spending time and investing?
Why do you think people don’t see, or fail to offer up their talents to God? What rewards have you found from offering yourself to God?
There are 3 considerations Pastor Shane mentioned when praying about your personal giving habits. Which of these did you find the most compelling? Why? How has this affected your thinking when it comes to managing your money?
Read 2 Corinthians 8:11-12 and 9:6-8. What’s a step you can take today to demonstrate God is first place in your finances? What steps could move you closer to faithfully in practicing joyful tithing?
Was there a person(s) who helped point you toward Jesus? How did they do it? What keeps you from doing the same with those people around you? (Commit yourself to write out your testimony so you’re better prepared to share it when God opens opportunities.)
Who comes to your mind when you think of sharing your story with an outsider to faith? What barriers might they have toward considering Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior? How can you strategically pray for them to overcome these barriers so you get to share your story with them? How can your small group be praying with you about this?
Elementary Parents, we are wrapping up our January series on wisdom today. Our bottom line is God will help me make the wise choice. The more we read the Bible, the more we pray and talk to him and memorize the verses, the easier it will be to tell when danger is ahead so we can make the wise choice.
A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.
With a passion for Christ that is undeniable, Shane directly involves his listeners in each message. He speaks with high energy and delivers powerful teaching that is relevant to current life issues.