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Day 1 – Your God and Your Money

Parable of the Shrewd Manager – Luke 16:1-15

  • God expects us to be honest yet shrewd in the use of money (vv. 1-8)
  • Money is a tool to be used to gain friends (v. 9)
  • If we are not trustworthy in handling money, God will not entrust us with true riches (people’s souls) (vv. 10-11)
  • God will keep us from leadership if we are not trustworthy with finances (vv 10-11)

Whose money is it? – Matthew 25:14-30

  • We are managers, not owners. An owner does what he pleases with his money / possessions, while a manager submits to the will of the owner.
  • As disciples our attitude must reflect a willingness to “give up everything” to advance God’s Kingdom.

Questions:

  1. What ways am I not being shrewd, honest or trustworthy with my money and possessions?
    • Examples
      • Checkbook not balanced
      • Credit Card debt – paying high monthly interest rates
      • Not paying bills on time
      • Writing bad checks
      • Not living on a written budget
      • Borrowing from others and not repaying
  2. What ways can I use God’s money to win souls rather than serve myself?
  3. How do I view my money and possessions? Who owns them? Do I have the attitude of giving up everything for the Kingdom?

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