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The Joy of a Generous Life, Week 4: Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is
May 29, 2022
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Ecclesiastes 5:1-20

The Joy of a Generous Life, Week 4: Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

May 29, 2022 / Ecclesiastes 5:1-20

Solomon’s Failed Methods of Finding Meaning:
Wisdom, Wine, Work, Wealth, Worldly relationships

Ecclesiastes 1:14; 2:11, 17 & 26; 4:4 & 16; 6:9 NIV

Question: What are we really chasing after?

Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 NIV

Your greatest danger is letting the urgent things crowd out the important.”
The Tyranny of the Urgent, Charles Hemmel

Today’s Truth: Our worship is revealed through our words and our wealth.

Choosing over quantity of our words.

Proverbs 15:1-2 NIV

Commit to what you say you will .

Ecclesiastes 5:4-7 NIV; James 3:9-10 NIV

The more you have, the more you .
Ecclesiastes 5:10 NIV

Comparison is the thief of joy.”
C.S. Lewis

The more you have, the more people want to .
Ecclesiastes 5:11 NIV

The more you have, the more you about it.
Ecclesiastes 5:12 NIV

⇒ The more you have, the more prone you are to .
Ecclesiastes 5:13 NIV; Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 ESV; Philippians 4:4 ESV

Q: What can you give away that will spark joy in you this week?

 


Theme: Chasing Wind

Reflect Together:

What impacted you the most from Sunday’s message?

Share Together:

What would you say is the greatest goal you’ve achieved so far in life? How do you feel knowing now that you have experienced it?

Read Together:

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

Discuss Together:

  • What are some reasons that the quantity and quality of our words connect to our worship of God according to v. 1-2 & 7?
  • What is the meaning of v. 3 in connecting dreams and wisdom with our words? 
  • When has there been a moment that you talked big about what you were going to accomplish and then felt embarrassed when your aspiration didn’t match the outcome?

Read Together:

Ecclesiastes 5:8-20

Discuss Together:

  • From these verses, what lessons do you find regarding how we handle wealth? 
  • What are the consequences for us and others around us when we value the quality of our life based on the quantity of our possessions? 
  • Where to find the balance between providing for yourself and being generous with what you have?
  • How does v. 19 express the right attitude of contentment and thankfulness for what God gives?
  • How is the joyful and glad heart that comes from God the best filter by which we truly appreciate all that life brings?

Pray Together:

Take time to share how God is answering prayer, and pray over the needs in your group.

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