T-Life Guide
Work Your Faith | Week 10: Warning to the "Rich" | August 13 - 19
Recap on Sunday's Sermon
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  • Main Point: Our relationship with money can either bring joy & freedom or stress & restriction.
  • Key Verse: Matthew 6:24
  • Scripture References: James 5:1-5 Matthew 6:19-21 Matthew 6:24 Matthew 6:33-34 Luke 12:48
Living the Rest of Your Week
Introduction
As we continue our series through James, we have seen that we gauge our faith by how we work our faith. This week, as we consider our faith, what have been asked into what do we put our faith: God or money? We know that God has promised to provide, and yet we often use the things He has provided as the place into which we put our trust. With so many Scriptural warnings about money, we see that money is a key element to understanding how we are working our faith together. Our generosity demonstrates where we place our trust alongside how much we worry for our future and our current monetary situation. Because of God's promises, we are able to know beyond a doubt that we will be okay because of His promised provision. The key question we must ask ourselves and answer honestly is, "What god do I put my trust in (Yahweh or money)?"
Discussion Questions
  1. Last week we were challenged to consider the 4 "G's" of discerning God's will (God, Group, Gauges, Gut) and to take action on one of these items that you felt God was using to speak to you. Share any insights you gained, experiences you had, or steps that you believe you still need to take.
  2. Money...what an incredibly huge topic upon which our society is built. Discuss the role that money plays in your day to day living...at home, at work, at play, at school, in the car, etc.
  3. Read through our section of James from this past week (James 5:1-5). These are some incredibly poignant and direct statements made by James. How do these words apply in our world today and how do they apply to your individual situation in which you find yourself?
  4. What does it mean in your life to be "OK?" We know that because of God's promised provision, we will be "OK?" So, discuss what God means by the term and discuss what our society would assume this means. How do these definitions line up and how do they differ? What are you expecting from God that He has not promised? How are His promises different and better than your current understanding?
Moving Forward
One of the most difficult parts of being human is to be honest with ourselves...especially when it comes to money. This week, we want to allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the true condition of our hearts towards money and the reality of who or what we are worshipping as God (even things other than money). As such, this week we want to do a daily "check-in" of sorts with our worship. What we put our trust in, give our time, effort, and energy towards all reveal the condition and nature of our worship. What we turn to when we are stressed, anxious, or frustrated reveal who or what into which we put our trust. These are all elements that reveal the condition of our worship. Each day this week, keep a journal on you and pray for the Lord to prompt your heart during your daily activities and record what you see and experience in regards to trust and anxiety throughout your normal daily experiences. At the end of the week, look back over what the Lord has prompted in you to record. Ask yourself honestly, which do I put my trust in...the Lord or money? Upon answering this question, share your insights with your group or a close friend, pray through what God is speaking to you, and take some action steps forward as needed.
The Word Speaking Life
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. -Matthew 6:24
Questions
If you have questions about this guide, contact our Empowering Team member, Jacob Peterson, at jacob@goyfc.org.
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