March 31 - A Good Word to the Rich (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
Prepare for Sunday worship by using the guide below.
All Creatures of our God and King
Let Your Kingdom Come
All I Have Is Christ
All To Us
Josh Herring will continue teaching a series on the Old Testament: History of Israel. This class will be at 10:00am in the Youth Room.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
Paul, as a spiritual mentor, is wrapping up his instruction to Timothy for his pastoral charge in his first letter. In the last few verses, Paul reminds Timothy as a pastor to speak to the rich in the church. Paul knows the subtle temptation of riches. While Paul neither calls for divestiture of wealth nor condemns wealth he does charge Timothy to warn them of its dangers and to encourage them to use their riches wisely for the sake of the kingdom so that they might take hold of true life. These are excellent words for us to consider in this present age.
Review and Apply
Why do you or do you not consider yourself rich in this present age?
What are some temptations of the rich? Which are most threatening to you and why?
What does it look like ‘to set your hope on riches’?
What are some benefits of simplicity? What would a move toward simplicity look like in your life?
What are the obligations given to the rich?
Who do you know whose is marked by being rich in good works?
What can you do to be rich in good works and generous, ready to share?
In the way you handle your riches, what kind of foundation are you building for the future?