Week 4: The Lies we Believe about Money – More Money Solves My Problems

Sermon date: February 4, 2024

Scripture

Practice: Gratitude

If you often find yourself saying, “If I only had enough money to…” or “I wish we had their income so we could take a nice vacation,” you aren’t alone. It’s tough to find contentment when you’re constantly thinking about what you’d like to have. One way to view your money and life differently is to focus on the blessings you have right now.

Complete the three sentences below with what you value the most and focus on these daily:

  • I’m most grateful for ____________
  • I’m so thankful that _____________
  • I love when ____________

It’s easy to lose sight of what makes us grateful when we shift our attention to what other people have. Here are some tips to help you focus on what you have to be thankful for.

  • Limit your time on social media. Don’t spend all afternoon admiring those vacation pictures your friends post to Facebook and Instagram.
    • Unfollow people that make you feel discontent.
    • Unfollow people you might compare yourself to.
    • Unfollow influencers that make you want to buy things.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others. You don’t know if a big income or a big loan is the reason your neighbors have a new convertible in their driveway. Comparing your lifestyle to someone else is unfair to everyone, especially you.
    • Unsubscribe from get-rich-quick on social media and text messages showing up on your phone.
  • Watch what you watch. There’s no shortage of “reality” TV programs that show rich families visiting tropical beaches and staying in mansions. The less you watch those over-the-top shows, the better.
    • Unsubscribe from streaming services you’re not using

Being grateful for what you have brings a new level of peace to your life.

 

3/3rds groups

Scripture for study: 1 Timothy 6:1-10

If your group is following the 3/3rds model, download the 3/3rds format guide here.

Additional Life Group Questions

Scripture for study: 1 Timothy 6:1-10

Use the questions below if your group is not doing the 3/3rds model or if you need more questions for your Looking Up or Looking Forward time.

  • What was your first job? How much did you get paid?
  • When have you struggled the most financially?
  • How is the life of one who follows verses 6-8 different from one in verses 9-10? How can you distinguish between them?
  • What is the “great gain” in “godliness with contentment”? (phrases used in the NIV and ESV versions)
  • When have you been tempted to be a “lover of money”?
  • Is there a difference between enjoying money and being a lover of money? How fine is the line?