Master Your Money: Week 3 | Small Group Conversation Guide
Small Groups at Lakeland exist to make disciples who make disciples in relational environments as we live out the four habits – accountability, shepherding, developing others, and on mission.
ICEBREAKER (optional): What was your first job? Do you remember how much you made per hour?
Watch Pastor Josh and Pastor Lisa’s Small Group Conversation Starter
DISCUSSION STARTER (optional): Let’s start by asking if anyone has a specific takeaway from this weekend’s message to share.
- Josh and Lisa discussed many different financial habits. Choose a question or two to start your discussion as a small group: How did you/do you cut your spending? How do you pursue contentment? What have your practices been around debt? Where do you find yourself along the giving journey?
- Based on your personal story of wise and foolish money habits, what is the best advice you would give someone else?
- Proverbs 27:23-24 says, “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.” These verses advise farmers of the importance in knowing the specific particulars of each animal within their flock or herd. It was important because flocks and herds were their means of support. Do you know the specifics of what makes up your financial “flock?” Do you want to know? Why/why not?
- There are very few things in life that tempt us to hide like we do with our money and our money habits. Why is that? Who do we hide our habits from? In your opinion, is this something we should change?
- The Bible has a lot to say about our use of money. Assign the following verses to different participants in your small group. As we read these verses, which resonate with you the most? Which verses bother you the most? Ecclesiastes 5:10; Proverbs 13:11; Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 6:24; 1 Timothy 6:10 & 17; Proverbs 3:9.
- Why does God care about what we do with our money?
- How do our money habits reflect how we feel about God?
- If there was one money habit that God is calling you to improve upon, what would it be? (Another option: If money is mastering you, what is your first step to handling money God’s way?)
- Closing thought: One of the vital components of a healthy small group is the ability to hold one another accountable. It doesn’t get any more real than talking about money. With God’s help and each other’s support, we can master our money before it masters us! (Make yourself and the people in your group available for extra accountability in this area!)
Close in prayer. Consider praying for financial needs and for financial breakthroughs for the people in your small group.