Christlife Posture: Trusting God's Wisdom

Topic: How should I think about Money?

Suggested Approach: Choose 1 thing from each of the three boxes

OR Choose 1 from media or Reflection + 1 from Scripture 

Media Excursions        Watch/read/listen and be ready to discuss Q's

Photographs

  • Daily Bread (Michael Belk)  How does this image speak to you with respect to provision or possession?

  • Eye of a Needle This somewhat arresting image refers to Matthew 19:24.  What was the photographer trying to help us understand about that verse? 

Painting​

  • The Widow's Mite (James C. Christensen) This painting is based on Mark 12: 43-44.  What do you notice about her relationship to money/material things vs. the religious leaders that surround her?

Video Skit

  • Meet the Sanders: Bailout This comedy sketch is about involving others in our money problems.  What do you think is appropriate or biblical regarding to the place of community as we think about making, saving, asking for help or sharing the burdens of others?

Articles 

Reflection Options  

Journal  (Reflect on one or more of these questions)

  • Did you grow up in a household where there was plenty of money or one where money was scarce?  How do you think this has affected your view of a biblical view of money or stewardship?

  • What has been your career journey so far?  How has money played a part in your choices?  

  • It is said that Jesus talked more about money than he did about heaven or hell. What do you remember him saying about it? If you remember a good number of things, how many of them influence your own perspective on money? If you don’t remember many, how does that make you feel about your ability to trust Him in this area of your life?

Quote Interaction (Interact by agreeing, disagreeing or otherwise engaging with the quote/quotes)

  • "I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all. But whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess."  Martin Luther

  • "Stewardship is the act of organizing your life so that God can spend you." Lynn A. Miller

  • "In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which the Christ, Who alone is sovereign, does not declare, 'That is mine!' "  Abraham Kuyper

  • “If a person gets his attitude toward money right, it will help straighten out almost every other part of his life.”  Billy Graham

Reading & Reflection from the book, Shaping The Journey of Emerging Adults:

  • Review the following scenarios: Jon and Sarah (p.23,24), Chanda & Lisette and Roger (p. 30), Kara (p. 130), AJ (p. 143) and Krista and Chuck (p. 190).  If you are a young adult, do you relate to any of the money challenges in these stories? If you are a mentor, what do you notice most about the challenges young adults have financially (also see the facts about career instability on p. 30 and money spent on music on p. 35!)

  • Make a list of known resources you have used or are aware of and share them with each other (see p. 203 “Empower them with needed skills for pursuing lifestyle, financial or career goals”).  

  • Mentor: Read pages 28-33 making special note of what was different for your generation financially than it is for young adults these days.  Share this comparison list with the young adult and ask their perspective on it.

 Explore Scripture

Meditate on one or more of the following passages. Always look them up in context.  Take some time to really explore the verse in relation to this topic.  What principles or perspectives do these verses give us in order to think biblically about money matters?  Make a note of what you discover to share later.  See "Learn More About Ways to Study Scripture" below for help in getting the most out of the verse.

  • Proverbs 10:22, 11: 18, 24-28 & 22:7

  • Daniel 1:1-16

  • Malachi 3:10

  • Luke 7:36-47

  • Luke 8:1-3

  • Luke 12:13-34

  • Luke 16:13-15

  • Matthew 6:11, 19-34

  • Acts 20:35

  • Philippians 2:4, & 4:19

  • I Timothy 6:10, 17-19