22 October 2006

Stewardship study: Week 2

This lesson is part of a four-week study on stewardship.

Week 2: Manage Money Wisely

Work Diligently

Pr 10:4

What is the basic principle here?

Is it a universal promise?

How does it apply to someone like Sister Theresa?

Why the focus on hands, in particular?

Pr 6:6-11

What does the writer commend ants for?

How can humans learn from their example?

Is it saying we should never sleep?

What is the warning about sleep? (compare v. 8; 10:5)

What's the significance of not having a leader?

What do your work practices reveal about your character?

How does this apply to full-time mothers? children? elderly? invalids?

Pr 14:23

What is the principle here?

How does talk lead to poverty?

Can you think of examples?

What profit is there in hard work?

Compare Lk 9:61-62.

Pr 18:9

What does it mean to vandalize? (NIV/NLT)

How is being lazy like vandalizing?

Avoid Debt

Pr 21:20

How does this apply to the modern world?

Contrast Mt 6:19-21. Can they both be right?

Pr 17:18; 22:26-27

What sort of agreements is this saying we should avoid? Why?

What does it mean to put up security for a loan?

Why is it a bad idea?

Contrast Mt 5:42.

Pr 22:7

What is the warning here?

How is having massive credit card debt like being a slave?

How would this apply to someone buying a house? a car? a new stereo?

How does it affect society when people live beyond their means?

Give Generously

Pr 11:24-25; 22:9; 28:27; 19:17; 21:13

What is the principle here?

Is this a natural principle or a supernatural one? How so?

How is giving to the poor a loan to the Lord?

Is it better to give a friend $100 or lend them $100? Why is this?

What is the take-home message about work?

going into debt?

lending to others?

giving to others?

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