Money: Lessons from Folly (Guest Speaker)

Introduction:

1 Kings 3:5,9 - At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you."...9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?"

Lessons from Folly (Prov 6:1):

  1. Always be a Giver .
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Proverbs 11:24-25 - One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

Malachi 3:8-10 - "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it."

  1. Live the life that God is calling you to live.

    Proverbs 12:9 - Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food

    Proverbs 11:28 - Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.

  2. Debt is Dumb .

    Proverbs 17:18 - One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor.

    Proverbs 22:7 - The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.

    Ephesians 6:6 - Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.

    Matthew 6:24 - No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money

    Proverbs 21:30 - In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.

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Small Group Discussion
Read Proverbs 6:1
(If you like, review any other Proverbs on money we covered on Sunday!)

  1. Have you ever known of a relationship strained or destroyed due to unpaid financial or emotional debt? If so what happened and how could it have been prevented?

  2. Have you ever found yourself trying to keep up with the Jones'? What were you doing and how did you stop?

  3. 1 in 3 Americans cannot cover a $2,000 emergency in cash. When you read that, how does that make you feel?

  4. Read Proverbs 21:30 then respond with how that Scripture speaks to you.

  5. The world says that there is 'good' debt and bad debt. the Bible says all debt is to be avoided. Who is right? Why do we continually try to justify the world's view?

BREAKOUT
Pray for one another. Are you struggling with money? Get an accountability partner - now - from your group on your spending. Pray about and dedicate to joining the upcoming Financial Peace University class.

Gluttony: The Forgotten Sin

Introduction:

Proverbs 23:20-21 - Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.

Gluttony is Not Wise (Prov 23:20-21):

  1. Gluttony shows lack of Self-Control .

    Proverbs 23:20 - Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat...

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  1. Gluttony leads to Bondage .

    1 Cor 6:12 - "All things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be dominated by anything.

  2. Gluttony is a Destructive lifestyle.

    Proverbs 23:21 - for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags

How Do I Conquer Gluttony?

  1. Repent .
  2. Refuse .
  3. Replace .
  4. Rely .

    1 Cor 10:31 - So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

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Small Group Discussion
Read Proverbs 23:20-21
(If you like, review any other Proverbs on gluttony we covered on Sunday!)

  1. What was your biggest take-away from this passage / message?

  2. How would you define gluttony? Why is it often ignored in the church? Do you think it should be addressed? Why or why not?

  3. When are YOU most tempted / prone to overeat?

  4. Why is gluttony / overeating addictive? How can fasting help someone overcome gluttony?

BREAKOUT
Pray for one another. Are you struggling with this sin? Get an accountability partner - now - from your group and keep after each other.

Laziness: Destroying Yourself By Doing Nothing

Introduction:

Proverbs 26:13 - The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! There is a lion on the streets!"

The Tragedy of Laziness (Prov 6:6-11):

  1. Laziness is Self-Deceptive .

    Proverbs 26:16 - The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.

    Proverbs 20:4 - The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

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  1. Laziness is Self-Destructive .

    Proverbs 21:25-26 - The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor. All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.

    Proverbs 19:24 - The sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth.

  2. Laziness must be Rebuked .

    Proverbs 6:6 - Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and mbe wise.

Lessons from an Ant:

  1. Hard work doesn't require constant Supervision . (Prov 6:7)
  2. Hard work doesn't Pocrastinate . (Prov 6:8a)
  3. Hard work is the means to Provide . (Prov 6:8b)

    1 Timothy 5:8 - But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

How do I stop being lazy?

  1. Confess it to God.
  2. Take it one Shift at a time.

    Colossians 3:23-24 - Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.

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Small Group Discussion
Read Proverbs 6:6-11
(If you like, review any other Proverbs on laziness we covered on Sunday!)

  1. What was your big “take-away” from this passage / message?

  2. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = “comatose lazy”, 10 = “workhorse of the year”): How would your boss rate your work habits? How would you rate yourself?

  3. What advice would you give someone who confesses to you that they struggle with laziness?

  4. Why do you think laziness results in MORE and WORSE laziness?

  5. How specifically can a sluggard come to poverty (Prov 6:11)?

BREAKOUT
Confession time: in what area of your life are you most lazy? Pray for one another that the Lord would change your heart.

Stop Grabbing Random Dogs!

Introduction:

Proverbs 26:17 - Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one taking a passing dog by the ears.

Four Reasons I Will Not Be a "Meddler":

  1. It's Foolish .

    Proverbs 18:6 - A fool's lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating.

  2. It's Hateful .

    Proverbs 10:12 - Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

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  1. It's Dishonorable .

    Proverbs 20:3 - It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.

    Luke 12:13-14 - Someone in the crowd said to him (Jesus), "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he (Jesus) said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?"

  2. The Lord Hates it!

    Proverbs 6:16-19

    1 Peter 4:15 - But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler.

Why do I want to get involved?

What do I hope to accomplish?

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Small Group Discussion
Read Proverbs 26:17
See also Proverbs 18:6, Prov 10:12, Prov 20:3, Prov 6:16-19, Luke 12:13-14, 1 Peter 4:15

  1. What was your big “take-away” from the passage / message?

  2. What do you think motivates someone to “meddle” in something that is not their business?

  3. This Proverb specifically indicates that meddling can bring harm back on yourself. In what ways can you get “hurt” by meddling?

  4. How do you know when you SHOULD get involved in an argument between two others?

  5. How does meddling reveal a “hate-filled” heart (Proverbs 10:12)? Why does God hate “sowing discord”, ranking it up there with murder and theft? See Proverbs 6:19, 1 Peter 4:15.

BREAKOUT
Pray for one another to walk wisely by avoiding strife.

Walk Wisely: I'm Offended! Now What?

Introduction:

Proverbs 19:11 - Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

What is NOT "overlooking"?

  1. Getting Even
  2. Holding a Grudge
  3. Slander

How Do I Overlook an Offense? When You Are "Triggered", Ask Yourself:

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  1. Is there some Truth here? Then I'm just going to overlook the offense.

    Proverbs 27:6 - Faithful are the wounds of a friend...

    Luke 11:37 - While Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him, so he went in and reclined at table.

  2. Is there a chance I Misunderstood what was said? Then I'm just going to overlook the offense.

    1 Corinthians 13:7 - Love... believes all things...

  3. Am I making a big deal out of a Minor issue? Then I'm just going to overlook the offense.

    Philippians 4:5 - Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.

  4. Is this a Lost person just acting like a Lost lost person? Then I'm just going to overlook the offense.

    Luke 23:34 - Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

  5. Do I Love the offender? Then I'm just going to overlook the offense.

    Proverbs 10:12 - ...love covers all offenses.

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Small Group Discussion
Read Proverbs 19:11

  1. What was your big “take-away” from this passage / message?

  2. Why do you think people seem so anxious to be offended today?
    On a scale of 1-10, how easily offended are you? (1 = nothing offends me, 10 = everything offends me)

  3. When is it okay to be offended? How do you know when it is appropriate to be offended?

  4. How does being “slow to anger” help you overlook offenses?

  5. How does the forgiveness of Christ motivate you to overlook offenses?

    Bonus: What was the craziest thing you’ve ever heard someone be offended over?

BREAKOUT
Pray for one another to grow in being slow to anger and quick to overlook offenses. What kind of a church would HBC be if we all lived by Proverbs 19:11?