Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – March 13, 2016
Theme: Wisdom for Living
Topic: Financial Wisdom
Main Texts: Proverbs 6:1-6; 22:26-27; 11:24-26; 2 Corinthians 9:6-14
Key Verse: Proverbs 11:24 “One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.” (NIV)
In an earlier study (“Bondage by Indolence”) in this series, we shared King Solomon’s thoughts on the enslavement that could come from borrowing and from standing as surety for a borrower. He repeatedly warns against borrowing (“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.” – Proverbs 22:7) and guaranteeing loans for others. Solomon’s teaching on borrowing is his first lesson on financial prudence. He has a lot more to say on the subject as we see in our texts for today.
1. Summarise the key lessons from Solomon’s teaching on the subject of lending, borrowing and standing as surety for borrowers. Solomon discovered a secret to prosperity: “One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:24-25 NIV). This principle of getting richer by giving has been proven over time. Jesus Christ echoed it when he said: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap …” (Luke 6:38 NIV).
2. Describe the struggle one with meagre resources faces in trying to follow the principle of giving away what he has so as to get more, and how he may address the challenge. This principle of giving generously implies that there are those that receive what is given. Read Leviticus 25:35, Deuteronomy 15:7. Some people have been known to seek to be perpetually dependent on the generosity of others by manipulation, quoting Scriptures that encourage giving. In the parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-10) the five wise virgins refused to share their oil with the foolish virgins. This seems to set some wise principles for giving to someone in need.
3. State some basic principles that should guide our giving to someone in need, and how we may guard against being manipulated into perpetually giving to an indolent person. Paul says “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” (2Co 9:6 NIV). We generally quote this scripture wen encouraging one another to give generously for Christian work. However, it also applies to investment in secular ventures. Many of the world’s richest people made their fortunes by right investments.
4. Describe how a salary earner may, by financial prudence, be able to legitimately accomplish financial tasks that exceed his or her regular salary.
5. What are typical indications that a merchant’s business may not be viable?
6. What are typical indications that a salary earner may not be managing his or her salary wisely?
Father, grant me the wisdom to manage the resources you bless me with prudently – in sowing wisely to multiply it, and in assisting those less blessed to attain material freedom, in Jesus’ name. Amen.