*WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Have you ever dreamed about winning the lottery? How do you think it would change your life? What would you buy if you won a million dollars?
Many people look to the lottery for financial security, but according to multiple studies, about 70% of all lottery winners will end up going broke and filing for bankruptcy. 70%!! Are you surprised by this? Why do you think this is?
Money (or a lack of money) is a huge topic in our culture. Let’s look at just a couple of many passages where the Bible talks about money.
WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT THIS?
1. Summarize Jesus’ parable in your own words. What is the main point of this story? What was the man trusting in? What happens to him?
2. How have you seen this same attitude toward money demonstrated in our culture today?
3. Jesus says, “Life is not measured by how much you own.” (v.15) What do you think he means?
5. What are the thoughts in this passage that you find most encouraging? What thoughts do you find hardest?
HOW DO WE APPLY THIS TO OUR LIVES?
6. The passage talks about storing up treasures in heaven. How can we use our money and resources here on earth to store up treasures in heaven? 1 Timothy 6:17-19 gives us some additional insight. What are some ways it tells us we can do that?
7. When you think about the money you have (whether it is from an allowance, a job, or given to you), where does most of it go?
Students usually don’t have much money and struggle with the idea of saving or giving. God’s principles, though, don’t just work for rich people, they are meant for all of us. One way to think about your money is the 10/10/80 principle.
First, Give 10% to God – showing that you trust him.
Then Save 10% for the future – because it’s wise.
And then live off the other 80% – being content with what you have.
For instance, if you earned $100, you could give $10 to your church, Save $10 for the future, and use the other $80 for yourself.
8. Can you see yourself using your money like this? What might keep you from doing it?
*9. What are some specific ways you can store up treasures in heaven while you are in high school? What are some of the needs you see around you that you think God might want you to invest in? Are there ways you can contribute to his kingdom work?
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