For the next few weeks, we will teach a series on “God’s Financial Plan for You and Your Money.” The main source for this series is the Bible. The supplementary sources include a great book called God’s Financial Plan for Your Success by Charles Ross, the website Managing Money God’s Way, and lessons God has taught us over the years about money and finances.
In these lessons we will teach and learn God’s instructions about money and finances. We will look in depth at the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ on money and giving. Please prayerfully and carefully read and answer the following questions as you prepare to learn about God’s Financial Plan for You and Your Money.
Note: Space is provided after each question for your answers and notes.
1. In the New Testament, Jesus talked about money more than he mentioned Heaven and Hell combined. Tell us how many times do you think Jesus spoke about money: More than 10 times? More than 20 times? More than 30 times?
2. Can you show us 10 places in the New Testament that Jesus talked about money?
3. Can you show us at least seven parables where Jesus talked about money?
4. In which of the four Gospels does Jesus talk about money most often?
5. In Matthew 6:21, Jesus taught an essential lesson about Christians and money when he said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” What do you think Jesus means in this Scripture? Who was he talking to at that time?
6. Have you heard the song, Give Myself Away by William McDowell? In Matthew 10:39, Jesus gives the Biblical context for that song when he said, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” What do you think Jesus means about our understanding of giving our lives to him in this text?
7. In the Gospel of Luke Jesus teaches two very important lessons on how money can affect our conversion and salvation. The first is in Luke 18:22 it says, When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” What was going on in this scene? What point do you think Jesus was making about Christians today who believe that knowing the Bible is enough to please him?
8. The second teaching on money and salvation in Luke is in Luke 19:8-9 where it is says, But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.” Who was Zacchaeus? What do you think the lesson is for us today in this text?