- Drunk with the love of money. Do you agree with the lesson author that materialism runs rampant throughout God’s remnant church? What is the basic ploy or strategy the devil uses to make materialism a tool to draw us away from service to God?
- The prosperity gospel. A friend of mine belongs to a popular church. Not long ago he said, “Oh, I don’t believe anything they teach. But I sure like them because they take good care of their members.” Good care? What is that? Food? Clothing? Good housing? Does God’s church have an obligation to keep faithful members from suffering from poverty? Do you think it’s easier to serve God if you are not facing hard times? Read Matthew 13:22 and discuss the spiritual meaning of this key text. What are the “cares of this world” and the “deceitfulness of riches”?
- The steps of covetousness. Imagine you are an unseen visitor in the Garden of Eden, watching and listening as Eve is tempted to sin. You see the three steps she took: (1) seeing the forbidden fruit; (2) wanting to eat the fruit; (3) taking the fruit in her hand and eating it. Which step is the easiest to take? Which is the hardest to resist? According to Paul, what role will selfishness and covetousness play in the final conflict?
- Greed–as easy as breathing. Do you remember when “window shopping” was great entertainment? How easy it is to feed your “greed” appetite while having fun looking at things you’d like to have? What can we do to help children in our lives resist the “greed impulse”? How did Judas demonstrate his dominating motive of greed? If Judas recognized his sin and its final effect, why didn’t he confess and start over? Have you ever struggled with greed? How did you conquer it?
- Self-control. What can you and I do to overcome or fend off our problems with self-control? Where does the lack of self-control inevitably lead us? “Go away for now,” Felix said to Paul, hoping to receive money from the apostle. Do all of us Christians lack full self-control? Are there ways we can help other church members by our example and encouragement to appreciate more fully the eternal value of self-control?
- Dealing with an obstreperous self. This lesson can discourage the most stalwart among us if we look at our shortcomings with honesty. What are some tips you can share to help a fellow Christian overcome the most tempting of our sins that are rooted in covetousness?
Source: Daily Sabbath School Lessons