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The Treasure Principle - Session 1

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Heritage Presbyterian Church
Adult Sunday School

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The Treasure Principle - Session 1

  1. 1. Biblical Stewardship: video studies Breadth 5 sessions Depth 4 sessions Motivation 5 sessions 21 3
  2. 2. THE TREASURE PRINCIPLE Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving Adult Sunday School 2018 (Four Sessions)
  3. 3. The Treasure of Giving 3 Curriculum Produced by Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM) • A Bible-believing, Christ- centered nonprofit organization with two objectives: • Teach Bible principles • Reach people in need • Class outline and discussion questions derived from The Treasure Principle: Bible Study, by Brian Smith and Randy Alcorn
  4. 4. The Treasure of Giving 4 Class Description & Outline Explore the guidelines and rewards of giving as highlighted in the six “Treasure Principle Keys” found in Scripture. Biblical and practical, this perspective-shifting series helps Christians replace anxiety over money and possessions with something far more priceless: the liberating joy of giving! • Session One: The Treasure of Giving • Session Two: The Spirituality of Giving • Session Three: The Sacrifice of Giving • Session Four: The Joy of Giving
  5. 5. The Treasure of Giving 5 Our Video Host Randy Alcorn: Founder and director of EPM; award-winning and best-selling author (read his Tabletalk interview here) • Former pastor and participant in Operation Rescue • In May 1990 a court awarded a judgment to an abortion clinic to garnish Alcorn’s wages • For conscience’s sake, Alcorn reduced his salary in perpetuity to minimum wage and gave all his royalties away • In giving nearly all his income to God’s kingdom, he discovered the Bible’s treasure principle
  6. 6. The Treasure of Giving 6 What Can I Expect? • Personal connection with God • Mutual support with other people • Honesty before God • God’s truth in your heart
  7. 7. The Treasure of Giving 7 What Will It Take? • A desire to learn and to trust God to work within you • Determine to set aside the cynicism that life experiences may have cultivated in you • Open your ears again to God’s promises of hope and joy • Set aside ugly stereotypes of religious hucksters trying to part fools from their money • Invest some time and effort, and expect potential returns that are out of this world!
  8. 8. The Treasure of Giving 8 Key Verses • Deuteronomy 8:17-18 Beware lest you say in your heart, “My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.” You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
  9. 9. The Treasure of Giving 9 Key Issues • A steward manages assets for the owner’s benefit. The steward carries no sense of entitlement to the assets he manages. It’s his job to find out what the owner wants done with his assets, then carry out his will. • Our giving is a reflexive response to the grace of God in our lives. This grace is the action; our giving is the reaction. We give because he first gave to us. • Giving breaks us out of orbit around our possessions. We escape their gravity, entering a new orbit around our treasures in heaven.
  10. 10. The Treasure of Giving 10 Video Highlights • The title deed to the universe • The heart of a steward • Joyful giving • The power of grace • Grace and the giver • The fringe benefits of giving
  11. 11. The Treasure of Giving 11 Video: The Treasure of Giving
  12. 12. The Treasure of Giving 12 Video Discussion • List at least two dangers of assuming that we own our possessions. • What are some benefits in recognizing that we are stewards rather than owners? • List two or three guidelines that can help you determine the “salary” you pay yourself from God’s wealth. • Do you agree that giving jump-starts our relationship with God? If so, how?
  13. 13. The Treasure of Giving 13 Bible Exploration • Read Luke 16:10-13; 1 Corinthians 4:2. Summarize God’s instructions to you, whom he has trusted with the management of his wealth. • Observe the characteristics of the faithful stewards in Nehemiah 12:43 and Matthew 25:21, 23. How would your life be different if you lived like this more often?
  14. 14. The Treasure of Giving 14 Living the Truth • Describe an instance when you took a risky step of obedience because of God’s grace. What fringe benefits did you experience as a result of giving? • How can we help each other delight more fully in the joy and reward of faithful stewardship?
  15. 15. The Treasure of Giving 15 Questions for God • Pray: “God, am I treating you as owner and CEO of ‘my’ assets, or am I treating you merely as my financial consultant, to whom at best I pay a fee in the form of offerings?” • Pray: “Around what center does my life orbit: around things or around you? How can I make you more central to my thinking and living?”
  16. 16. The Treasure of Giving 16 Treasure Principle Keys 1. God owns everything; I’m His money manager • We are the managers of the assets God has entrusted—not given—to us 2. My heart always goes where I put God’s money • Watch what happens when you reallocate your money from temporal things to eternal things
  17. 17. The Treasure of Giving 17 Scripture Memory And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” 2 Corinthians 9:8-9
  18. 18. The Treasure of Giving 18 Next Session: The Spirituality of Giving

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