Chapter 8

How Are You Managing Your Money?

Money Management 101

Luke 16:11-12: If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon (worldly
wealth), who will commit to your trust the true riches?  And if ye have not been faithful
in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?


1. Good money management actually has eternal implications.  What are 3 things God measures and evaluates?

2. Who was not only the wealthiest man who ever lived, but also the wisest man who ever lived?

3. What are the 4 Godly principles for financial freedom covered in this lesson?  Include a very brief (3 to 4 words) explanation of each.

4. What method would you recommend to a counselee for keeping good records? (Thought questions – answers will vary.)

5. What is a budget?

6. Your yearnings will always exceed your earnings. 

7. Impulse buying tends to lead to debt.  What could a person do when tempted to buy something unplanned and unbudgeted?

8. According to Proverbs 6, what lesson does God want us to learn from ants?

9. Define tithing.

10. Obviously God doesn’t need money. According to Rick Warren, why does God ask us to tithe?

11. Giving has nothing to do with an amount. It has everything to do with our ...

12. it is better to be satisfied with
  than to be always

13. Contentment is the opposite of discontent. Hebrews 13:5-6 provides insight into the character trait of contentment: what causes it and what destroys it.
  a) Verse 5 indicates that contentment with what we have involves a freedom from ...
  b) What is the reason we should be content? (vs. 5b)
  c) What does the contented person say? (vs. 6)

14. Read Philippians 4:10-20.
  a) Was Paul a naturally contented person? (vs. 11)
  b) List the circumstances in which Paul learned to be content. (vs. 12)
  c) Why was Paul able to adjust so easily?
  d)  What did Paul say to encourage the Philippians who sent gifts to him? (v. 19)

15. The discontented person seeks to fill the God-shaped vacuum within by acquiring things which never satisfy. Study today’s passage for contentment clues. Read Ecclesiastes 5:10-20.
  a) What did Solomon discover about money? (vs. 10)
  b) How do riches interfere with one’s life?
    i) (vs. 12)
    ii) (vs. 13)
    iii) (vs. 14)
  c) What happens to the contented person, according to verses 19 & 20?

16. With regard to our finances, we all need a Life Coach. His name is ...

17. In Matthew 6:21, Jesus said that our
  will always be in the same place where our treasure is. 
  If gaining more money dominates our thinking, planning, and conduct – it will shape our existence.  We have a false god.

18. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus gave us the key to success, not only in our finances, but also in every other area of our lives.  What is the key?
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