ECON 101: God’s Economy

Scripture and questions for study and reflection:

1. What did Pastor Mick mean when he talked about the worldly economy vs. God’s economy? (hint: competition vs. cooperation/collaboration)

2. John Wesley said, “Earn all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can.” What do you think about his advice? How might following the advice change your life?

3. The Bible says, “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” Why do you think that is? How have you seen this be true in your own life? In the world?

4. Two popular phrases in our modern culture are, “Whoever dies with the most toys wins.” and “You can’t take it with you when you’re gone.” Which do you think is more accurate? How should that impact your attitude toward money?

5. Pastor Mick talked about our decisions around how we use our money being more spiritual decisions than financial ones. What do you think he meant by that? Do you agree? Why/why not?

6. Luke writes, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48) How does that impact your attitude toward money? How might this reinforce the concept of God’s economy vs. worldly economy?

7. 1 Timothy 6:18-19 says this about those with wealth: “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” What does this mean to you? How does it influence your attitude toward money?

Prayer for the Week:

Lord, please help me to have the right attitude toward money. I don’t want to love it. I don’t want to live for it. I don’t want to trust in it and I don’t want to hoard it. Help me to be righteous, wise and generous with the many blessings you bestow upon me. Thank you, Lord for your provision, forgiveness and love. Amen.