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Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: Marriage: Freedom from Stuff
Saturday, March 8, 2014

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You can't buy contentment. Contentment isn't of this earth. Augustine prayed, "You have formed us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in you." You were made to find contentment in God alone, and no amount of stuff can take his place. We constantly forget that, thinking we need more stuff to be satisfied. But Paul reminds us in today's study passage, "true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth" (v. 6). It's a good reminder that as wonderful as the things of this earth can be, ultimately they or we will decay, and on that day, our wealth will come solely from our relationship with God.

  1. Why is it important not to seek contentment in the things of this earth? (See also Matt. 6:19-24.)
  2. What are some dangers of the "Love of money" (v. 10)?
  3. Verse 10 is often misquoted as "Money is the root of all evil." How does this misrepresent what Paul is trying to say?
  4. What are some ways you can loosen the grip of worldly possessions?
  5. Think of some ways that you can practice godliness and contentment.

Key Study Passage:

1 Timothy 6:6-10

Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God to set you free from any bondage to material possessions; ask him to help you find contentment in him alone.

1 Timothy 6:6-10

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, keep me from getting caught up in a consumer mentality, collecting stuff for stuff's sake. Help me to spend less on myself and my wants so that I might have more to give to others.

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