In Lesson 2 of our Bible study on Honoring God With Our Money, we look at God’s warnings to the rich. We will consider the following questions:
- Does God want Christians to be rich?
- Doesn’t it seem that those raised in wealth have a difficult time finding their place in life and wind up frequently bored and in trouble?
- Does wealth equate to happiness?
If you won $1 million (ignore taxes), what would you do with the money?
Discussion: What does 1 Timothy 6:10 tell us is the root of all evil?
Why is the love of money a problem for believers?
Read Ecclesiates 5:10: What love of money leads to what?
Read the story of The Rich Young Ruler: Matthew 19:16-30
Why was the rich ruler sad?
Why do you think it is so hard for the rich to be saved?
Additional Warnings to the Rich
Look up the following verses and fill-in the missing words. These verses are from the New International version (NIV) of the Bible.
1 Tim. 6:9 People who want to get rich fall into _______________ and a trap and into many foolish and ______________desires that plunge men into ruin and __________________.
Job 36:18-19 Be careful that no one entices you by _______________; do not let a large ____________ turn you aside. Would your ___________ or even all your mighty efforts sustain you so you would not be in ______________?
Luke 6:24 Woe to you who are _____________, for you have already received your ___________________.
Luke 1:53 He has filled the _____________ with good things but has sent the rich away _________________.
James 5:1-5 Now listen, you _______ people, weep and wail because of the ___________ that is coming upon you…Your wealth has _____________, and moths have eaten your ____________. Your gold and silver have _____________…You have hoarded ________________in the last days..You have lived on earth in _____________ and self-indulgence.
Discussion: After reading these verses, why might you still desire to be rich?
Proverbs 22:7 provides one reason why we should desire to stay our of debt. It says, “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.”
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”