Honor | Part 16 | #8: Sticky Fingers 28 Apr

The eighth commandment says, do not steal. Most of us would not consider ourselves thieves, but are we as innocent as we think? #GCHonor

8th Commandment: You must not steal.
Exodus 20:15

 

Honoring God With Our Money:
• Sticky fingers
• Rotting in their wealth (next week)

 

3 Observations About Stealing:

  1. Stealing assumes private property.
  2. Stealing reveals a lack of trust in God.
  3. Thieves don’t go to Heaven.

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Key Scripture:

Exodus 20:15 (NLT)

15 “You must not steal.

Ephesians 4:28 (NLT)

28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.

Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)

5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,

    “I will never fail you.

      I will never abandon you.”

1 Corinthians 6:9–11 (NLT)

9 Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Matthew 6:25–34 (NLT)

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • If you could steal one thing in the world and get away with it, what would you steal?  Would you keep it or return it?

Start sharing. These questions are to help get your group thinking and to create openness.

  • Have you ever stolen something from a store, a person, or a place of employment?  What was your motivation for stealing?  Did you get caught?
  • Read Exodus 20:15 & Ephesians 4:28.  What is God’s opinion of stealing?  Why is God so opposed to stealing?  (Hint: Think about the character of God.)
  • Read Hebrews 13:5.  What is the correlation between God not leaving us and us loving money?  How does stealing reveal an unhealthy love for money and a lack of trust in God?
  • What would you say to a fellow believer who says to you, ‘So what’s the big deal if I “borrow” some office supplies or tools from my work? They’ll never miss it.’
  • Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.  Are the sins listed in these verses worse than any others?  What point was Paul making in v. 11?
  • As you look back at your Christian life over the last few years, do you see that God is transforming your mind and character?  If not, why not?  If so, what are you doing that’s making the biggest difference?
  • The sermon explores how stealing reveals a lack of trust in God’s provision. Read Matthew 6:25-34. How do these verses challenge us to trust in God’s provision, and how might this influence our actions towards others?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Reflect on your daily interactions and financial decisions this week. Identify any areas where you might be unintentionally taking more than you should, whether it’s time, resources, or credit for work. Commit to making one restitution this week, whether that involves returning something, acknowledging someone else’s work, or correcting a mistake in a financial transaction.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Pray for a heart that trusts fully in God’s provision. Ask for the courage to make things right where we may have taken what is not ours. Let’s pray for transparency and generosity to permeate our lives, reflecting our faith and trust in God.

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Troy Knight

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