Shadow of a Doubt Week 6 – Discussion Guide
Main Idea: While some wait for MORE, let us MASTER what’s in our hands.
Discussion Starter: How do you manage your household budget?
Introduction: This week, Pastor walked us through the importance of managing the money we have and how budgeting is simple math. A budget is a detailed plan to allocate every cent of your money. It reflects your values, reveals your goals, and helps make hard decisions for you. After-all, Self-Control is a fruit of Spirit! The enemy tries to convince us to outspend ourselves right into debt, living paycheck to paycheck. However, believers can master money and not be its slave!
Pastor challenged us to: Courageously evaluate our financial situation, review our income and spending, and decide whether it is mandatory or discretionary. In order to participate in Supernatural Stewardship, we must spend wisely, save diligently, and give generously.
Primary Scriptures: John 10:10
- Read John 10:10. Discuss what you think the abundant life means. How are you living that life now? What is an area that God may be calling you to give up, to free yourself from the constraints of this world and step into the life to which Jesus calls us?
- Read Luke 14:28-33. Jesus spoke practically about the importance of budgeting, but this lesson pointed us to the cost of following Jesus. What does it take to follow Jesus? How do we apply this principle to our approach with money?
- Read Proverbs 3:9-10. How can you honor the Lord with your wealth? What does the “first of your produce(first fruits)” mean? How can that look in a person’s life today? Discuss the principle, “So your barns will be filled with plenty.”
- Read Proverbs 6:6-8. What point is Solomon making here? How can you use these verses to impart wisdom to those you influence? (children, grandchildren, young co-workers, etc).
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Luke 14:28-33 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.