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Christianity Today / 2009 / Word Document

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

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Christians today are blessed with wealth. But what does money do to their spiritual bank account?


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Americans are the most prosperous people on earth. Compared to the rest of the world, Americans are fabulously wealthy. At $37,610, per capita income in the United States is the fifth largest in the world, after Luxembourg, Bermuda, Norway, and Switzerland. With a vastly greater population than the top four countries, the United States has more widely distributed wealth.


Yet prosperity can introduce profound spiritual problems. In CHRISTIANITY TODAY, Philip Yancey writes about the apparent contradiction of Christianity: Groups organized around devotion and discipline tend to produce abundance, but ultimately that very success breaks down discipline and leads to indulgence and decadence. Are American Christians corrupted by their own faithfulness? This study examines the spiritual challenges of wealth.


Table of Contents


SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 8:6-18; Ecclesiastes 6:1-6; Matthew 6:19-24; Matthew 19:16-26; Luke 12:22-34; Acts 4:32-35; 2 Corinthians 9:6-11


LEADER'S GUIDE


    Identify the Current Issue


    Discover the Eternal Principles



--Teaching point one: Prosperity is a sign of God s blessing, yet it is also a test of faith.


--Teaching point two: The more our lives are filled with material things, the larger the spiritual challenge we face.


--Teaching point three: The challenge of faith in the midst of prosperity is to exercise discipleship by distributing blessings on others.


    Apply Your Findings


    Recommended Resources


ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY


    Forgetting God: Why Decadence Drives Out Discipline, by Philip Yancey (2004)


You have permission to make up to 1,000 copies for use in your local church.


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