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Before we dive into our study, it's important that we set the stage for what you'll experience over the next several sessions. This MoneyLife Personal Finance Study is a course about money, designed to help you overcome real-world financial struggles with practical hands-on tools and guidance. But this is also a Bible study.
The Word of God makes this incredible claim: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Did you catch that? Every good work. This means that the Bible is not only to be our authority when dealing with “spiritual” matters, but it’s to be our guide for every area of life … including practical matters related to our finances.
There are literally thousands of versesin the Bible about handling money.
The most practical thing we could ever learn is to apply spiritual truth to our every decision. There are literally thousands of verses in the Bible about handling money and possessions, and it was a subject of particular focus for Jesus Himself. The financial principles contained in God’s Word have stood the test of time. They are tested, reliable, trustworthy and given for our benefit. There is no higher standard for financial principles than those given by God.
While we know that many of you will want to jump right into debt-elimination techniques or investment strategies, there may be others who are under tremendous financial stress right now. That's why this first chapter is about setting our hope on God alone. Remember, He is not a financial principle. He is God Almighty, thus an unswerving dependence on Him is the starting point for your journey.
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