This is lesson 4 of 6 in Good Work, a bible study on the gift of work.
- Main Point of the Passage: John warned people that true repentance bears fruit in our approach to money and work.
- Main Point of the Lesson: True repentance bears fruit in our approach to money and work.
- Main Application of the Lesson: Participants will submit to God’s will in the way they approach work and money.
- Key Verse: “Some soldiers also questioned him, ‘What should we do?’ He said to them, ‘Don’t take money from anyone by force or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.’” Luke 3:14
To prepare for this lesson, write your own answers to each of the questions below. You will share some of your answers with the group, but make it your goal to talk less than 20% of the Bible study time. Ask the questions, listen to your group, and let them carry the Bible study. You’ll be amazed.
Once everyone in your group is sitting in a circle, say, “Here’s the first question. Everyone answers the first question, and it’s just for fun.” Then read the first question, pause, and listen to your group’s answers.
Smile Question: If you were going to teach a class, workshop or training on any subject, what subject would you choose?
Share Question: When a person comes to faith in Christ, what areas of life can be the most difficult to submit to Jesus?
Introduce the Passage: True repentance changes our approach to money and work. That’s what John the Baptist told the people in Luke 3:7–14. Large crowds were coming out to hear John’s preaching and be baptized by him. He warned the crowds that baptism that was not accompanied by true repentance would not protect them from God’s judgment. He then described practical ways people could “produce fruit consistent with repentance” (v. 8).
Study Question: As we read Luke 3:7–14, let’s list the ways God expects repentance to affect our work and financial lives.
Possible answers include:
- The one with two shirts or food must share with the one who has none. (v. 11)
- Tax collectors should not collect any more than what they are authorized. (v. 12)
- Don’t take money from anyone by force (v. 13)
- Don’t falsely accuse anyone (v. 13)
- Be satisfied with your wages (v. 13)
Connect-the-Dots Question: Many Jews in John’s audience resented tax collectors and soldiers because they worked for the oppressive Roman government. Why do you think John didn’t tell the tax collectors or soldiers to quit their jobs?
Count-the-Cost Question: What are some of the excuses we are tempted to make when we hear John’s commands in this passage?
Let’s-Do-It Question: Which of the commands we studied today applies most directly to your own life?
Prayer: Father, open our eyes to ways you want to change our work lives and our financial lives. Teach us to submit every aspect of our lives to you. Amen.