Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 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. 1 Timothy 6:17-19
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS
THE GOOD NEWS IS: YOU ARE ______________!
Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them…this is a gift of God. Ecclesiastes 5:19
$___________: Top 1% of wage earners in the world!
$____________: Top .1% of wage earners in the world!
“GOD HAS BLESSED ME WITH _________ THAN I NEED. I’M ____________.”
THE BAD NEWS IS: YOU ARE _______________!
…“How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Luke 18:24-25
THE PROBLEMS WITH BEING RICH
IT IS HARDER FOR YOU TO DEPEND ON ____________.
IT DISTRACTS YOU FROM TRUE _______________.
BECAUSE YOU ARE RICH:
YOU HAVE A GREATER _____________________.
Talk It Over – Small Group Questions
God has blessed me with more than I need. I’m rich.
When you were younger, what did you think it would be like if you were rich?
Where has God given you more than you need? How has being rich been a spiritual disadvantage to you?
Of the three challenges to being rich, which is the biggest for you and what are you going to do about it?
With your Bible or Bible App, read and discuss 1 Timothy 6:17-19,
Ecclesiastes 5:19, and Luke 18:24-25.
When you realize that you’re one of the richest people in the world, how does it make you feel?
What are some of the things that keep you from recognizing you’re rich?
How does knowing you’re rich affect your attitudes about worry, tithing, generosity, and thankfulness?
Do you think you’re rich in a way that honors God? Why or why not?
Now that you’re more aware of the riches in your life, is there anything in your life that you need to change so that you’ll become rich in a way that honors God?
DAILY BIBLE READINGS
Take steps to be rich in a way that honors God by reading and talking over the following Bible passages this week.
Day 1: 1 Timothy 6:17-19
Day 2: Ecclesiastes 5:18-20
Day 3: Luke 18:18-30
Day 4: Mark 12:41-44
Day 5: Matthew 6:19-24
Day 6: James 1:16-18
Day 7: Philippians 4:19