Lesson 19 - A Financial Secret

There is one thing certain about our economy—it is uncertain. There are periods when “consumer confidence” is high. The United States government presents glowing reports of a reduced national debt. Interest rates are low, and unemployment is down. The flip side of the coin is our trade deficit is enormous. The stock market is extremely volatile, and the world economy is shaky. Norman Cousins, editor of the Saturday Review, made a very perceptive statement 40 years ago. It was true then, but it is even truer now. “We are so busy extending ourselves and increasing the size and ornamentation of our personal kingdom that we have hardly considered that no age in history has had so many loose props under it as our own.” We are so busy buying that we have failed to realize there are some moral screws loose in our society. The foundation is cracking. We might be just investing our money in the wrong places.

The Bible presents eternal financial principles that make sense. It reveals financial secrets that most of the world does not know. It encourages us to reevaluate our priorities—to seek the eternal rather than the earthly. God’s Word leads us to make investments that will pay off in the long run.

  1. What does the Bible say regarding God’s ownership of the world? Psalm 50:10-12; Haggai 2:8
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  2. What right does God have to claim the world as His? Psalm 24:1; Isaiah 43:1 (first part)
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  3. What other reason does the Bible give that this world belongs to God? Isaiah 43:1 (last part); 1 Peter 1:18
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  4. Since God is the owner of the entire world and everything in it, what does the Bible state regarding our responsibility with the goods God has entrusted to us? 1 Corinthians 4:2; Luke 16:10
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  5. Where do our earthly possessions come from? Who gives the ability and power to get wealth? Deuteronomy 8:17, 18
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  6. How do we acknowledge that God is the owner of all we have? Malachi 3:8-10
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  7. What is tithe? How does the Bible describe the tithe? Leviticus 27:30, 32
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  8. What promise did God give the Israelites who made Him “first” in their giving? Does this promise apply to us today? Proverbs 3:9, 10
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  9. What man is an outstanding example of faithfulness to God in tithe-paying? Genesis 28:20, 22
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  10. What did Jesus say about tithing? Matthew 23:23
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  11. Although the tithe (the first 10 percent of our income) is set apart as holy, how are other church expenses met? Deuteronomy 16:17; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 8:12
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  12. What is the most important thing to God—the amount given or the attitude with which it is given? 2 Corinthians 9:7; Luke 21:1-4.
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  13. What assurance does God give His people who are faithful in their giving? Proverbs 11:24, 25
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