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Life, Money, Legacy - Session 3

Heritage Presbyterian Church
Adult Sunday School

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Life, Money, Legacy - Session 3

  1. 1. Heritage Presbyterian Church Adult Sunday School
  2. 2. Pride, Poverty, and Gratitude 2 Class Description & Outline “Money management” is a phrase that makes some of us cringe. But there is hope, healing, and better days ahead! In this five-part message series, trusted financial expert Dave Ramsey provides practical, biblical advice on topics like budgeting, money myths, and more. No matter the situation, the principles learned here can help with getting out of debt, making better financial solutions, and ultimately finding peace. • Session One: A Biblical Framework for Wealth • Session Two: Breaking the Bondage of Debt • Session Three: Pride, Poverty, and Gratitude • Session Four: The #1 Myth About Money • Session Five: Wealth, Wisdom and the World
  3. 3. Pride, Poverty, and Gratitude 3Key Verses • Luke 10:38-42 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me." 41 But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her."
  4. 4. Pride, Poverty, and Gratitude 4Key Issues • There are certain critical spirits in our culture that are twisting a biblical perspective on money and wealth. These toxic spirits want you to think that if you’ve experienced a measure of success you’ve done something wrong. • We will examine three spirits from the Bible’s perspective. Two are unhealthy and toxic. The third represents the appropriate response to what God has given us.
  5. 5. Pride, Poverty, and Gratitude 5Video Highlights •The Problem of Building Wealth •The Spirit of Pride •The Spirit of Poverty •The Spirit of Gratitude
  6. 6. Pride, Poverty, and Gratitude 6Video Outline •Each video has an accompanying detailed outline •View, download, and print: outline-pdf
  7. 7. Pride, Poverty, and Gratitude 7 Video: A Biblical Framework for Wealth
  8. 8. Pride, Poverty, and Gratitude 8Video Discussion • “A lot of us are like Martha. We are performance-based and like to quote verses that make our points for us.” What does it look like when you fall into the pride trap? How do you avoid the spirit of pride? • Jealousy says, “I want what you have.” Envy says, “I don’t think I can get what you have, so I don’t want you to have it either.” If you see these attitudes taking root in your life, you are dealing with the spirit of poverty. How do you avoid the spirit of poverty?
  9. 9. Pride, Poverty, and Gratitude 9Bible Exploration • Read John 12:1-8 and discuss. Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. 3 Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, 5 "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" 6 He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 Jesus said, "Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. 8 For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me."
  10. 10. Pride, Poverty, and Gratitude 10Living the Truth • The spirit of gratitude recognizes that wealth comes from God and is represented by Mary in John 12. It says, “What I have is not mine, so I should be extravagantly thankful!” What Mary-like gift will you give to Jesus?
  11. 11. Pride, Poverty, and Gratitude 11Conclusion •We get to choose which of the three spirits we embrace—a spirit of pride, a spirit of poverty or a spirit of gratitude. We can be Martha, Judas or Mary. •The goal is to be Mary—to live a life that reflects our gratitude to God for what He has given us.
  12. 12. Pride, Poverty, and Gratitude 12Scripture Memory For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:10-11
  13. 13. Pride, Poverty, and Gratitude 13 Next Session: The #1 Myth About Money