Live Generously – Spending
1 Timothy 6:3-10
Good doctrine and good financial sense go together. This connection is so
Paul made sure to instruct a young pastor about these two topics before closing out his letter. At the crux of this issue was the importance of pursuing contentment over and above consumerism. So, Paul’s focus is not on what’s in your wallet or bank account. But rather what is in your heart. This is not about your paycheck but your heartbeat. And when it comes to money, we can find ourselves caught in some pretty nasty traps.
When was the last time when you made an impulse buy? How did you feel after the purchase?
Paul finishes off his letter to Timothy with some practical warnings about the dangers of pursuing wealth (1 Timothy 6:3-10)
- Our personal theology and economy go together. (6:3-5)
- Gaining in the Christian life consist of two things (6:6)
- godliness (I want to be like God)
- contentment (I want to be satisfied with God)
- This combo reminds us of three very important realities
- The temporal limits of stuff
- The present dangers of pursuing wealth
- This can lead us from the faith
WHOA! Is God against rich people?
- No, God loves rich people. He also gives them some special commands (6:7-10)
- Don’t be arrogant
- Don’t put your hope in wealthy
- Put your hope in God
- Be rich in good deeds
Follow Paul’s advice (See point three)
Commit to doing one good deed this week that requires something of you financially.
Review your financial goals:
(Have you been working on them during this sermon series?)
TALK IT OUT
- Pastor Rusty observes, “Good doctrine and good financial sense go together.” Do you see a relationship between these two, and if so, what is it?
- Where are the areas of discontentment in your life? How is this affecting your
relationship with God?
- Pastor Rusty also says gaining in the Christian life consists of contentment which can be defined as “I want to be satisfied with God.” What are you learning in this series that can help you be more satisfied with God?
- Today’s text 1 Timothy 6:3-10 reminds us of three very important realities: 1) The
temporal limits of Stuff, 2) The present dangers of pursuing wealth, 3) This can lead us from the faith. Which of these is the biggest struggle for you to come to terms with personally?
- Pastor Rusty reminds us that God loves rich people, but He has also given them some special commands: 1) Don’t be arrogant, 2) Don’t put your hope in wealth, 3) Put your hope in God, 4) Be rich in good deeds, and finally, 5) Share. Even those who aren’t wealthy may struggle with these. Place them in order from the one you struggle with most to the one you struggle with least.
LIVE IT OUT
• Go back to question 5 and create an action plan to work on the two areas you
struggle with most.
• Review your spending this past week. Identify some areas where you could have
spent less to give more.
• Review your financial goals. Have you been working on them during this sermon
• Could God be calling you to a more simplistic life when in turn, reduces financial