Bling Bling

Money is something that we all need and all use. It is central to our living. But in a culture obsessed with bigger and better, our use of money can subtly turn into a love of money.

Jesus repeatedly warns his disciples about the dangers of loving money. Put simply, money can draw our hearts away from God, the One who is worthy of all our love.

“What you do with your money” is not often a topic that comes up in polite conversation. As a church, however, we are not called to polite conversation, but rather to live in light of God’s revealed word. And God’s word has a lot to say about how we view and use our money.

Six years ago we did a sermon series called “Bling”. We are re-engaging in this challenging topic again because its relevance has not faded. It may be counter-cultural, but it is urgently necessary to study the Scriptures and have our hearts, thoughts, actions, and bank accounts reflect our love for our priceless God.

Interested in going deeper with Money and the Bible.  Check out these resources hand picked by the Pastors.

Bling Bling Series Resources

 

Instructions for the Rich

Abbotsford – Feb 5, 2017 – 1 Timothy 6:17-19

Discussion Questions:

  • How does the fact that God has provided us all our stuff help us enjoy it?
  • Why should you share your stuff?
  • How can we invest our money in such a way as to “take hold of the life that is truly life”? (1 Timothy 6:19)
  • In light of the whole sermon series, where have you been challenged and/or encouraged in your view of and use of your money? What steps can we take in becoming doers of the Word and not hearers only (James 1:22)?

Download Full Discussion Questions

A Money Story: A Wee Little Man

Abbotsford  –  Jan 29, 2017  –  Luke 19:1-10

Discussion Questions:

  • How would the culture at large have viewed Zacchaeus? What are some contemporary equivalents?
  • Is it surprising to you that Jesus stops and invites himself to Zacchaeus’ home? Why or why not?
  • Would you describe the Christian church as radically generous? Why or why not?
  • How can we become more generous? There were 3 suggestions in the sermon…
    • Recognize that your stuff isn’t yours but God’s.
    • Recognize that your excess is an opportunity to bless, not hoard.
    • Commit to act, not just talk

Download Discussion Questions

Countering Poor Teaching on Riches

Abbotsford  –  Jan 22, 2017  –  1 Tim 6:6-10

Discussion Questions:

  • What’s the difference between storing things up for ourselves and being rich towards God? What does it look like to be rich towards God? (Hint: Luke 12:32-33)
  • Do you find the simple description of what ought to make us content shocking? If so, why? If not, why not?
  • What are the dangers of loving money listed in this passage? What does it look like to love money?

Download Discussion Questions

The Secret of Contentment

Abbotsford  –  Jan 15, 2017  –  Philippians 4:10-13

Read More

Neither Poverty Nor Riches

Abbotsford  –  Jan 8, 2017  –  Proverbs 30:7-9