• Reasons for Poverty

    Deuteronomy 15:11

    Consider your attitude to the poor today. Do you assume all poor people are lazy? Are you sensitive to those who have become impoverished due to a calamity and then seek to meet their needs? Also consider where your chief ...Read More

  • Rich Oppressors

    James 5:1–6

    Most wealthy Christians would probably not be guilty of withholding pay from their employees. However, there are many other ways in which wealth can be misused. For example, it is possible to sin by living to the full extent of ...Read More

  • Serving One Master Alone

    Matthew 6:19–24

    Money itself is not evil, for it is possible to be wealthy and serve God. However, it is all too easy for us to think we are serving God when we are really serving the “stuff” of this world. The ...Read More

  • The Building of Wealth

    Romans 7:4

    We must always be wary of the temptation to seek security in our wealth, for it is the fool who trusts in his riches (Prov. 11:28). Nevertheless, it is not inherently sinful to be wealthy or to make a ...Read More

  • The Desire for Riches

    1 Timothy 6:9

    Each day we should ask ourselves whether we are content with the gifts God has given us or whether we are coveting (not simply wanting) something else. That something could be money, a relationship, a job, recognition, or any number ...Read More

  • The Eighth Commandment

    Deuteronomy 5:19

    As we will see tomorrow, there are a multitude of ways we can steal from others. Many of these are government-sanctioned, which is why it is important for us to understand what God’s Word says about theft. If we ...Read More

  • The Generous Soul

    Proverbs 19

    Do something for the poor either through your church or a ministry to the poor, or on your own initiative. Take some clothes to a shelter or some food to a soup kitchen. Give money to a ministry. Offer your ...Read More

  • The Peril of Self-Deception

    Galatians 6:7–8

    Augustine comments, “To sow in the spirit is to serve righteousness from faith and with love and not to heed the desires of sin” (ACCNT vol. 8, p. 93). The desires of sin would have us withhold all of our ...Read More

  • The Power of Riches

    Mark 10:17-22

    This man claimed to want eternal life and was willing to do much to gain it. But he wanted his wealth even more. Enjoy your earthly blessings, but guard your heart against the siren call of materialism and wealth. Accept ...Read More

  • The Pursuit of Riches

    Proverbs 15:27; 21:26; 28:20

    Read Proverbs 30:7–11 and Matthew 6:9–13 and consider these two prayers in light of today’s lesson. Do your desires reflect those of Agur and of Christ? Are you satisfied with what God has given you ...Read More

  • The Rich Person’s True Hope

    1 Timothy 6:17-19

    The temptation to trust in our savings accounts affects us all, whether or not we would be considered rich by society’s measure. We must be good stewards of what God has given to us, and part of this involves ...Read More

  • The Test of Personal Hardship

    Nehemiah 5:1-13

    God does not need our money and time to advance His kingdom, but He has chosen these means to help support the kingdom’s extension to the ends of the earth. He has called us to give of ourselves as ...Read More

  • The Theory of Value

    Luke 12:34

    Our work and purchasing serves to meet the needs of other people. Every time we buy something we put somebody, somewhere, to work. Yet each purchase we make also involves making a decision of what not to buy, since a ...Read More

  • The Trouble with Riches

    Matthew 19:23–24

    John Calvin writes that Jesus’ proverb “is highly useful to all; to the rich, that, being warned of their danger, they may be on their guard; to the poor, that, satisfied with their lot, they may not so eagerly desire ...Read More

  • Trusting in Riches

    Proverbs 10:15; 11:4, 28

    Read Matthew 19:16–30. Why would the young man not follow Christ? Why is wealth such a trap for so many people? Be specific in your answer. In what ways do you put your trust in money instead of ...Read More