Continuing the Conversation | Give Together
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Jesus connects the believers into a community of contribution.
- They met the needs of the community and its mission.
- Making their needs known and meeting those needs did not break their fellowship, it strengthened it.
We often use the language of intercede, invest, invite. This is our approach to contribution in our community. How can we use this same approach with one another as it regards our finances?
How have you embarked on self-salvation projects by pretending or performing?
How has your use of time, talent, and treasure made it clear that Jesus is your supreme treasure?
Have you ever shared deeply and specifically with another person about your personal finances?
Why does this seem so difficult to do?
In what ways does our culture shape our ability to share together?
Households and Money
Did your parents prepare you to deal well and faithfully with finances?
If you have children, how much have you talked about finances with them?
How can we approach finances differently for young children, teenagers, and young adults?
How can others in the church come alongside of parents to help disciples their children in the area of finances?
What tools and/or systems do you use to deal with your finances?
Do you have a day of the week or month that you "do bills"?
Who in your household takes care of the finances?
How much conversation is there about finances in your home?
Rule 1: Give Every Dollar A Job Rule
Rule 2: Embrace Your True Expenses
Rule 3: Roll With The Punches
Rule 4: Age Your Money