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Leader's Guide - October 28-November 3, 2012

Leaders Guide

Week of October 28-November 3, 2012

Looking back on Dollars and Sense

Here is your prayer again. It becomes increasing relevant as we move through the series, especially regarding money.

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,

For all the benefits that you have given us,

For all the pains and insults that you have borne for us.

Most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and brother,

may we know you more clearly,

love you more dearly,

and follow you more nearly, day by day.

Richard of Chichester-1197-1253

One way to jump in to this looking back, is to lead with something like, "Would you agree that it is difficult, perhaps even impolite to talk about money in a group/social setting?" Getting nodding agreement, you then follow with, "Why is that?" What is it about us and money that makes it so sensitive?" This should lead to some interesting discussion. Shame, exposure, judgmentalism, fear, etc.

Then, ask, "Was there a "key moment" in the message that was particularly striking or significant for you and why?" Hopefully this will make for a more personal rather than controversial discussion. You could ask, "Was there a Scripture that stuck out to you?"

Dividing into men and women for final discussion and prayer regarding the main working it out question may be a good idea. "What conclusions can you draw about your own spiritual health when you look at your attitudes and actions regarding financial matters?"

Looking Ahead to Equality and Justice

A simple way to look ahead would be to simply ask, "What do you anticipate the message will about this Sunday?" Ask about specific current issues that might be included based upon what they have studied.

P.S. Please remind everyone about the opportunities to pray on Friday, Nov. 2 and enjoy the night of worship at 7:00PM.

Bulletin Outline Mark 12:17

I Pledge Allegiance: Dollars and Sense

The Good, The Bad, the Ugly

Genesis 1:31; Deuteronomy 8:11-14, 17-20, 16:19-20, 28:12; Proverbs 22:7, 30:8; Ecclesiastes 5:10, 10:19; Amos 8:5-6; Acts 2:44-45, 5:1-11, 20:35; 2 Corinthians 9:5-15; Galatians 2:10; 1 Timothy 3:3, 6:6-10, 17-19; 2 Timothy 3:2

Productive Work, Wisdom, Generosity

Genesis 1:26-31, 2:15, 3:17-19; Proverbs 6:6-8, 19:17, 22:7, 24:30-34, 28:19, 30:7-9; Acts 20:35; 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12; 2 Thessalonians 3:10; 1 Timothy 6:17-19

Freedom, Protection, Opportunity

Genesis 1:27; Exodus 20:15-17, 22:5-9, 23:3,8; Deuteronomy 19:24, 22:1-4; Proverbs 11:1, 22:8; 1 Samuel 12:3-4; Mark 12:17; Acts 5:4; Romans 13:6-7

LOOKING BACK

I Pledge Allegiance: Dollars and Sense

Mark 12:17

Sometimes it is hard to get "dollars" and "sense" together. Money does have a power all its own. Jesus called it Mammon. (Matthew 6:24) There is a reason "economic" issues loom so large. "God, Government, and Me" are all very relevant to this one!

THINKING IT THROUGH

(Contemplate/consider/discuss/agree/disagree)

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security deserve neither and lose both.

~Benjamin Franklin

Sharing is voluntary, not compulsive. If you are being compelled to share, you’re getting mugged.

~Ron Sider

A worker’s appetite works for him, for his hunger urges him on.

~Proverbs 16:26

Economics is the study of mankind in the ordinary business of life.

~Alfred Marshall

WORKING IT OUT

1. What conclusions can you draw about your own spiritual health when you look at your attitudes and actions regarding financial matters?

2. When you consider what you can control, what next step, even a small one, will you take as a result of what you heard this week?

LOOKING AHEAD

I Pledge Allegiance: Equality and Justice

Mark 12:17

The title sounds pretty heavy, even heady. Equality and justice are important "values," but we can get pretty confused about how they affect us and how they inform our relationships with others. And how about the government’s role in them? Happy hunting - and thinking!

LOOKING IT UP

1. How does Genesis 1:26-27, 5:1-2, 9:6; Proverbs 14:31; James 3:9-10, inform our view of ourselves and others?

2. Jesus tells two stories in Matthew 20:1-16 and 25:14-30. How do they or do they not inform the subject of equality and freedom?

3. Review 2 Corinthians 5:10; Galatians 6:4-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12; 2 Thessalonians 3:10; 1 Timothy 6:7-10, 17-19 regarding individual accountability and responsibility.

4. Justice/injustice is used in many contexts today. How do these verses help define it?

Exodus 23:2-3; Leviticus 19:15; Deuteronomy 16:18-20; Proverbs 13:23, 14:40; Jeremiah 5:28; James 2:1-7, 5:1-6

5. What can we learn about God and from God from the following?

Exodus 18:21; Deuteronomy 15:11; Psalm 72:12-14; Proverbs 16:11; Isaiah 1:17, 23; Jeremiah 9:23-24; Micah 6:8; Acts 6:1;

James 1:21; Hebrews 13:3