This is our ninth week in the series “God’s Financial Plan for You and Your Money.” Last week we learned about saving and investing God’s way. Now we will look at Young People and Money.
As parents, grandparents and adult Christians we must do all we can to train our children, grandchildren and the youth in our church and community on how to manage money and their financial lives. Many adults handle money poorly and their financial lives are in terrible shape because they were never taught in their youth how to take care of money and to build a stable financial life.
The simple, often quoted truth is that “when you know better, you do better.” As pastor of this great church, I want our children and teenagers to do better with finances than many of us so I am committed to teaching them God’s financial principles so they can “know better.”
Please prayerfully and carefully read and answer the following questions as you prepare to learn more about God’s Financial Plan for You and Your Money.
2 Timothy 3:14-16 (NI)
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,
15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
1.The Bible is clear that Christians must be trained as children and youth to become better adults in all areas of life. This training includes how to handle money and finances God’s way. In his God’s Plan for Your Financial Success Charles Ross said that the above Scripture shows the importance of teaching and training. What do you think this Scripture is saying about using God’s word to teach our children? What is it saying about training our children?
2.Ross says on page 154 of his book that “Teaching is included in training, but it is not quite the same thing.” Is there a difference between teaching and training? If yes, what is the difference?
Ephesians 6:1-3 (NIV)
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
2 “Honor your father and mother”-which is the first commandment with a promise—
3 “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
3. What do you think the above Scripture teaches us and our children about the importance of obeying God’s word by obeying our parents? If children are instructed by God’s word to obey their parents, then what do you think parents are obligated to do with this obedience from their children when it comes to money and financial training?
1 Timothy 6:3-10 (NIV)
3 If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching,
4 he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions
5 and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
4. The Letters (Epistles) to Timothy and Titus are called the “Pastoral Epistles” because they are full of instructions to young men (young Christians) who were leaders in ministry and the church. In the Scripture above I have included the verses that make up the context for the text about the Love of Money. With today’s media, especially music and videos promoting getting rich as the number one goal of all young people, how can teach our children and youth this text to help them understand the dangers of believing the words of Rapper 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) in his CD and movie “Get Rich or Die Tryin’”? With so many entertainers and athletes glorifying making money as the goal of the young life and getting “blink, blink” as the sign of a dead end life and not a “got paid” life?