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Format: Word Document
Vendor: Christianity Today
Publication Date: 2009
Availability: In Stock
Series: Money Issues Bible Study

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What false lessons does our society teach about money, and how can the Bible and church history correct them?


Overview


Though pioneering sociologist Max Weber (1864 1920) addressed many other topics in his career, one of his most famous points concerns the Protestant ethic : Protestant countries became the economic powerhouses of the modern world because Protestants, especially Puritans, believed it was okay to be rich. The Puritans would have been shocked by this analysis. They never intended to found a commercial empire, and, as an article for CHRISTIAN HISTORY illustrates, they were profoundly suspicious of many of the values that make that empire run. Providence, not profit, oriented their lives. Other elements of the Puritan worldview might dismay Christians today, but on this subject they hewed close to the Bible and have much to teach us.


This study, based on an article about Puritan attitudes toward money, asks: How does the Bible challenge prevailing business wisdom? What is the purpose of making money? When does financial planning become faithlessness?



Table of Contents


SCRIPTURE: Nehemiah 5:1 13; Psalm 49; Ecclesiastes 2:4 11; Luke 6:32 36, 12:16 21, 35 40; 1 Timothy 6:17 19; Revelation 3:17 18


LEADER'S GUIDE


    Identify the Current Issue


    Discover the Eternal Principles



--Teaching point one: Profit should be tempered by charity.


--Teaching point two: Financial success is not an end in itself.


--Teaching point three: God is in charge but we re still responsible.


    Apply Your Findings


    Recommended Resources


ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIAN HISTORY


    The Puritan Critique of Modern Attitudes Toward Money (1997)

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