Prepared by William Earnhardt for Sabbath School class, March 11, 2023.
Main Theme: In this week’s lesson we look at how to manage money wisely in our golden years.
Read in Class: Luke 12:16-21. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: What’s the relevant message to us here? What strong rebuke did the Lord give to the foolish man, and what should that say to us regarding our attitude toward what we own?
Apply: At any age and with any amount of money, how can we avoid falling into the trap that the man did here? Ask yourself, “What am I living for?”
Share: Your friend says he has worked hard all his life saving up money so he can enjoy his hard earned money when he retires. He asks why he should be expected to share it with the church or anyone since after all, he worked so hard for it.
Read in Class: Proverbs 23:23-27, Proverbs 30:8 and 1 Timothy 6:17. Define the common thread of these passages.
Study: How would you interpret “Be diligent to know the state of your flocks” (NKJV) for Christians living today?
Apply: “For riches are not forever” (Prov. 27:24, NKJV). Why is it important to keep this thought before us?
Share: A friend asks, “What plans have you made for God and family if you died suddenly? What would happen to your property? Would it go where you wanted it to?” How would you respond to your friend?
Read in Class: Psalm 24:1, Hebrews 3:4, Psalm 50:10, Genesis 14:19 and Colossians 1:15-17. Define the common thread in these passages.
Study: How should these passages help us know what to do with all God has given us?
Apply: How do you balance what you spend your money on that shows you are faithful in managing God’s money? In what ways could your spending be better?
Share: Your friend says it seems many people use money to manipulate others instead of blessing others. What do you say to your friend?
Read in Class: Ecclesiastes 2:18-22. Discuss the main idea of this passage.
Study: What does this passage tell us about human life?
Apply: Death, as we know, can come at any time, and unexpectedly, too, even today. What would happen to your loved ones were you to die today? What, too, would happen to your property? Would it be distributed as you would like?
Share: Besides money, what do you want to share with others before you die? What plans are you making to share this week with friends?