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The Christian and Money. In This Study . Matt. 6:24 – You CANNOT serve God and mammon. 1196 verses dealing with money (Provident Planning) It is a subject we need to think about, from a Biblical standpoint!. The Christian and Money The Danger of Materialism (2). In our last lesson:.

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In this study

The Christian and Money


In this study

In This Study

  • Matt. 6:24 – You CANNOT serve God and mammon.

  • 1196 verses dealing with money(Provident Planning)

  • It is a subject we need to think about, from a Biblical standpoint!


The christian and money the danger of materialism 2

The Christian and MoneyThe Danger of Materialism (2)


In our last lesson

In our last lesson:

  • 2 Tim. 3:1-5

  • Materialism is found everywhere around us, including in churches

  • Examples of materialism:Balaam, Achan, David & Bathsheeba, Gehazi, Solomon, Ananias & Saphira, Judas Iscariot


Materialism the bible

Materialism & the Bible

  • Luke 12:15 – Beware of covetousness

  • Luke 8:7, 14 – The “thorny soil”

  • 1 John 2:15-16

  • 1 Tim. 6:10 – love of money

  • Matthew 6:24


Dangers of materialism

Dangers of Materialism

  • It distorts our spiritual perspective

  • Prosperity often draws one’s reasoning away from God

  • Matt. 19:16-22 – Rich, young ruler

  • Rev. 3:17-18 – Laodicea

  • Jer. 2:11-13 – Judah - broken cisterns that hold no water


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Dangers of Materialism

  • It blinds us to curses of wealth

  • Wealth is NOT sinful of itself, but neither is it virtuous!

  • Eccl. 5:10-15

  • Ezek. 28:4-5 – heart lifted up

  • Hosea 13:6 – they forgot God

  • Matt. 19:23-26 – it is HARD for a rich man to enter heaven!


Dangers of materialism2

Dangers of Materialism

  • It can cause unhappiness & anxiety

  • Wealth and worry!

  • No happiness because it is never enough!

  • Prov. 30:15

  • Ecclesiastes - All things bring vanity

  • Phil. 4:6, Matt. 6:25-34


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Dangers of Materialism

  • It obscures the best things

  • When we “have it all” it is difficult to see the next life as better

  • The best things cannot be purchased with things – God’s grace, love, brethren, salvation, faith, etc.

  • Acts 8:20 – Simon rebuked


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Dangers of Materialism

  • Spawns independence

  • Affluence often turns us from God

  • They see no need for Him!

  • Prov. 30:8 – give me neither poverty, nor riches

  • Deut. 32:15 – Jeshurun grew fat and kicked


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Dangers of Materialism

  • Leads to pride & elitism

  • Arrogance a product of wealth!

  • Jas. 2:1-10 – with the church

  • Rev. 3:17 – Laodicea

  • 1 Tim. 6:17 – the rich not to be haughty

  • Do we ever find ourselves “showing off” our possessions?


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Dangers of Materialism

  • Promotes injustice & exploitation

  • Isaiah 10:1-3 – Israel

  • Jeremiah 5:27-28 – Judah

  • Acts 16:16 – a slave girl exploited

  • Matt. 23:14 – devouring widow’s houses

  • The “sin industries” an example


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Dangers of Materialism

  • It fosters immorality

  • I.e. Las Vegas! Pornography, Hollywood, drinking, etc.

  • Wealth enables such conduct

  • 1 Tim. 6:10 Love of money is “the root of all kinds of evil”

  • There are some not caught up in sins because they can’t afford it!


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Dangers of Materialism

  • Causes deterioration of the family

  • Homes in America are in trouble

  • Often the product of our possessions


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Dangers of Materialism

  • Distracts from our main purpose

  • Why are we here?

  • Eccl. 12:13-14 - the conclusion of the whole matter

  • Phil. 1:21-23 – Paul wanted to depart and be with the Lord. He gave up all things (Phil. 3:7-11)

  • Do we want to leave this world?


Dealing with materialism

Dealing with materialism

  • Honestly examine what you have – 2 Cor. 13:5

  • Seek first the kingdom of God - Matt. 6:33

  • Realize things are temporary - 2 Pet. 3:10

  • Who do you belong to? 1 Cor. 6:19-20


Dealing with materialism1

Dealing with materialism

  • Learn contentment – Heb. 13:5, 1 Tim. 6:6, Phil. 4:11

  • Use your prosperity for the cause of God. Give generously, help others, etc. Gal. 6:10, Jas. 1:27


In this study

“What profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”Matt. 16:26


In this study

May we use all that He has loaned us, as wise stewards


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