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Bible study: Our attitude to money

What does the bible teach about money?

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Our attitude to money 

We read in Matthew 6:19-21 the words of Jesus; ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth… but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’

This teaching can seem hard to follow. What does the Bible teach about money? It certainly does not forbid making money. Paul taught that we should work hard to provide for our needs and those of our families. Should we work to make as much money as possible? Let’s look together at a passage in 1 Timothy.

Read 1 Timothy 6:6-8. Why is it important to be content with what we have?  What should be our attitude towards material things? 

Read 1 Timothy 6:9-10. What should be our attitude towards money? Note that this passage does not say that making money and using it well, is wrong. It is good to make full use of our talents. However, the love of money is wrong. It is our attitude that is so important.

Have you seen examples of the problems which wealth can bring? What are some of these problems?

Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19. What does this passage say about giving? Reflect on your own attitude to money. Do you have peace over your use of money and possessions?  Is your hope for the future based on Christ - or on your own efforts?

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