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Tuesday, 14 December 2004

A discussion lesson on Christ's teachings concerning the destructive power of riches wrongfully gained or used.

DESTRUCTIVE RICHES: YOU CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAMMON

A Bible Study on Economic Justice for Small Discussion Groups

A. CONTENT: READ ALOUD MATT. 6:19-24 AND LUKE 12:15-21

B. CONTENT EXPLANATION AND DEFINITION OF TERMS:

  1. Mammon is wealth or riches used in idolatrous ways or to subvert Divine will.
  2. A parable is a story used by Jesus to illustrate a moral or ethical point
  3. In Matthew 6 (part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount) Jesus speaks directly to His disciples; indirectly to all people
  4. In Luke 12 Jesus uses a parable to teach the multitude, and by implication, all of us

C.  QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:

  1. In your own words, explain each of these scriptures.
  2. How does one "lay up treasures in heaven"? (Matt. 6:20)
  3. What is the connection between your treasure and your heart? (Matt. 6:21)
  4. Why is it that people persist in thinking that joy and meaning are found in possessions?
  5. What has been your experience with the power of "things" to control your life?
  6. What major mistakes did the rich man make in Luke 12:15-21?
  7. What does it mean to be "rich toward God"? (Luke 12:21)
  8. Are you "rich toward God"?
  9. Is tithing being rich toward God, or is it only a starting place? Discuss.

D.  PRINCIPLES FOR CONSIDERATION

  1. Riches gained by fraud, used to harm others, or serving as a substitute for God are sinful.
  2. Christians who are "generous toward God" lay up treasure in heaven.
  3. Too much emphasis on worldly treasure becomes idolatry toward God.
  4. We must choose between God and mammon.
  5. Real meaning in life cannot be found through possessions.
  6. In the final analysis our trust must be in God.
  7. It is foolish to lay up treasure for ourselves while being penurious toward God.

D. REFERENCES FOR FURTHER STUDY

I Tim. 6:6-12, 17-19; James 5:1-6; Ps. 39:6; 52:7; 62:10; Prov. 10:15; 23:4; 28:20-22; 11:28; 62:10

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