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Adult Bible Study Guide

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Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide

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Stewardship: Motives of the Heart Contents

  • 1 The Influence of Materialism

  • 2 I See, I Want, I Take

  • 3 God or Mammon?

  • 4 Escape From the Worlds Ways

  • 5 Stewards After Eden

  • 6 The Marks of a Steward

  • 7 Honesty With God

  • 8 The Impact of Tithing

  • 9 Offerings of Gratitude

  • 10 The Role of Stewardship

  • 11 DebtA Daily Decision

  • 12 The Habits of a Steward

Stewardship: Motives of the Heart The Life of a Christian Steward

As Christians, we need to recognize our

sinful condition before we see a need for change. That change can come only and

thoroughly through Christ working in us.

And one expression of His work in us is

in the area of stewardship.

Stewardship is defined broadly as managing tangible and intangible

possessions for the glory of God.

Stewardship: Motives of the Heart The Life of a Christian Steward

Stewardship becomes a powerful tool against the dangers of materialism (the love of owning things) or worldliness in general

one of the great spiritual snares the enemy of souls sets before us.

Unfortunately, many souls will be

lost because of their failure to break free from their love of the world.

Stewardship: Motives of the Heart The Life of a Christian Steward

Our living of the stewards life involves our attitudes, conversions, commit- ment, self-discipline, and being Gods faithful and trustworthy servants,

living selfless lives by connecting to

Jesus in everything we do and say.

We are to learn to manage Gods possessions for His glory, funding

His mission to finish His work.

Stewardship: Motives of the Heart The Life of a Christian Steward

Our lives as stewards reflect Gods

character to the world. There is beauty, happiness, and godliness in the lives of

those who stand for principles against

the trends and currents of our culture.

Temptations are all around us, in open

and in subtle ways. We have not only been shown how to escape these

temptations but also promised the

Stewardship: Motives of the Heart Our Goal

These lessons are geared to teach us what our responsibilities as stewards

are, and how we can, through Gods grace, fulfill those responsibilities not as

a means of trying to earn salvation but

as the fruit of already having it.

Stewardship: Motives of the Heart Lesson 1, January 6

The Influence of Materialism
The Influence of
Materialism

The Influence of Materialism

Key Text

Romans 12:2 NKJV

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

The Influence of Materialism

Initial Words

The world conveys the idea that the abundant life, can be found only in

money. But money is one mask that

Satan hides behind in order to secure our allegiance. Who doesnt like money and what money can bring us?

Its greatest achievement is instant

gratification, but in the end it cannot

answer our deepest needs.

The Influence of Materialism

Quick Look

1. A God Called Materialism (Deuteronomy 8:11-17)

2. The Allure of Materialism (1 Timothy 6:10)

3. The Futility of Materialism (Luke 12:19, 20)

The Influence of Materialism

1. A God Called Materialism

Deuteronomy 8:11-17 NKJV

lestwhen

“Beware that you do not forget the

Lord your God

you have

built

them

... eaten and are full, and have

beautiful houses and dwell in

and

all that you have is multiplied ...

...

then you say in your heart, My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ ”

  • 1. A God Called Materialism

The God of This World

Money has become the god of this world, and materialism is its religion. Materialism is a sophisticated and

insidious system that offers temporary

security but no ultimate safety.

Materialism is when the desire for

wealth and possessions becomes more

important and more valuable than

spiritual realities.

  • 1. A God Called Materialism

The God of This World

Possessions may have value but their value shouldnt possess us:

Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income(Eccles. 5:10, NIV). Thats the problem with desiring the things of this world: no matter how much we get, its never enough.

  • 1. A God Called Materialism

Filling the Barns

Those for whom money, or the desire for money, becomes an all-consuming reality should, indeed, count the cost. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?(Mark 8:36, NLT). Soul you have many goods laid up for many years, take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry(Luke 12:19, NKJV).

1.A God Called Materialism

Filling the Barns

Whether we are rich or poor, our desire

to own things can take our minds off what really matters and focus them, instead, on whats only temporal and fleeting and certainly not worth the loss

of eternal life.

This parable is applicable where life is dedicated almost exclusively

to acquiring possessions.

The Influence of Materialism

2. The Allure of Materialism

1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV

For the love of money is a root of all

kinds of evil, for which some have strayed

from the faith in their greediness, and

pierced themselves

through with many

The Influence of Materialism 2. The Allure of Materialism 1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV “ For the

2. The Allure of Materialism

Love of Self

Retailers sell by creating excitement in the minds of consumers. The

experience is pure fantasy, taking people, however fleetingly, to what seems like another realm of existence.

It becomes a false religion that offers

no knowledge and no spiritual truth; yet

so alluring that many people dont resist it. We want it, so why not get it?

2. The Allure of Materialism

Love of Self

Paul instructs Timothy to beware of many bad kinds of people (2 Tim. 3:15), including lovers of money(NKJV). This love of money can encourage overconfidence and a grandiose attitude of self-absorption and conceit.

This is because materialism imbues

people who have great possessions with an inflated sense of importance.

2. The Allure of Materialism

Love of Self

When one has a lot of money, its easy to think more highly of oneself than one should. After all, everyone wants to be rich, but only a very few attain great

wealth. Hence, it is easy for the rich

to become self-absorbed, proud, and boastful.

The Influence of Materialism

3. The Futility of Materialism

The Influence of Materialism 3. The Futility of Materialism Luke 12:19, 20 NKJV “ And I

Luke 12:19, 20 NKJV

And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have many goods laid up for many

years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.But God said to him,

Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ ”

3. The Futility of Materialism Gods Antidote

Materialism offers us an identity that is synonymous with our possessions.

In other words, we define ourselves on the basis of what we own and what we

can buy of this worlds goods.

It is in those treasures, whether few or

many, that many find their identity (Luke 12:1921).

3. The Futility of Materialism Gods Antidote

Materialism is a form of identity confusion. Identity becomes fused with possessions. Our possessions become our God (Matt. 6:1921). What a shallow, fleeting, and

ultimately futile way to live ones life. Do we identify with God or with

our possessions? Eventually, it will be one or the other.

3. The Futility of Materialism Gods Antidote

Materialism causes people to trust in what they own as opposed to trusting in God. The antidote is “ ‘not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit’ ” (Zech. 4:6).

Materialism cannot withstand the

control of the Holy Spirit when we give

ourselves over to God and determine

by His grace not to let materialism rule

our lives.

Final Words

TESTIMONIES FOR THE CHURCH 5:133

“The enemy is buying souls today

very

cheap. ...

One is selling his soul

for the worlds applause, another for money; one to gratify base passions,

another for worldly

amusement.

...

Satan is bidding for the purchase of

Christs blood and buying them cheap, notwithstanding the infinite price which has been paid to ransom them.