Small Group Bible Study

Why the Bible Study?

At the heart of scripture is the command to love God and love our neighbour. How do we serve our neighbours and care for God’s creation through our financial decisions? 


If we recognise that everything we steward comes from God, there are some big questions we need to ask around how we view money, where we spend and invest, and how we hold businesses to account for the impact they have on the world. 

 

Our Money Makes Change Bible studies are designed to help you explore ethical issues around money with your small group or wider church. You can choose just one or look at all of them as part of a series.


Use the Bible studies alongside our Money Makes Change Pledge resource  to encourage your church to join the dots between faith, finance and a fairer world. 

Looking for a Lent 2021 resource?

Looking for a Lent resource? Use this NEW session for Lent 2021, (available below) alongside the 4 themed Money Makes Change Bible studies. Read more about using the Bible studies as a Lent resource in our recent blog by MMC programme manager, Rosie Venner.

How to use the Bible Study

Each study considers three scripture passages, alongside reflections and questions to get you thinking and talking about a different topic. Your conversations may lead you to want to respond, individually or as a group, so we have also included some ideas for action and a short prayer to finish your time together. 

Where your Treasure Is

Isaiah 55: 1 – 9
1 John 3: 16 – 24
Luke 12: 13 – 21

Learning and Sharing

2 Kings 2: 42 – 44
Romans 12: 1 – 2
John 6: 1 – 15

Spending Power

Exodus 20: 1 – 17
1 Timothy 6: 6 – 19
Mark 12: 28 – 34

Speaking Out

Proverbs 31: 8 – 9
Philippians 2: 1 – 13
Mark 11: 15 – 19

Leader’s notes to accompany the Bible Study are also available to download. The themes of the Bible studies follow the 4 Action Areas of the Money Makes Change Pledge. Find out more about the Pledge here

Video Resources

In this short video reflection to accompany the Where your treasure is study, Revd Canon Edward Carter talks about money, the Church and how we can use our investments to shape a better world.

Revd Canon Edward Carter is Vicar of St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich. He chairs the Church Investors Group (CIG), a membership organisation representing the charitable and pension funds of denominations, dioceses, religious orders and Christian based charities. The CIG has over 70 members and represents approximately £21 billion of assets under management. 

In this short video reflection to accompany the Speaking Out study, James Perry talks about the power we have to hold companies to account, and the importance of seeking out businesses that are having a positive impact on the world.

James is co-Chairman of COOK, a certified B Corporation. He co-founded the B Corp movement in the UK, and serves on the global board of B Lab. He is also a Founding Partner of Snowball LLP, a multi-asset impact investment manager. 

In this short video reflection to accompany the Spending Power study, Dr Eve Poole reflects on how we can be ‘salt and light’ in the economy through our spending choices.

Dr Eve Poole is the Third Church Estates Commissioner for England, and Chairman of the Board of Governors at Gordonstoun. She has a BA from Durham, an MBA from Edinburgh, and a PhD in theology and capitalism from Cambridge. Her recent books are Leadersmithing, Capitalism’s Toxic Assumptions and Buying God. You can follow her on twitter @evepoole and she blogs at http://evepoole.com/

In this short video reflection to accompany the Learning and Sharing Bible study, Revd Cassius Francis reflects on how we can tackle inequality in our communities.

Revd Cassius Francis is the Just Finance Development Worker for the Black Country with Transforming Communities Together (TCT) and he is a minister with the Wesleyan Holiness Church. The mission of TCT is to partner with others, seeking the common good, working for justice as people of hope, so that communities may flourish and those who are vulnerable, isolated, and disadvantaged might enjoy life in its fullness. 

With Grateful Thanks

With thanks to all the contributors to these Bible studies – Rt Revd Michael Doe, Fr Simon Cuff, Sister Margaret Scott, Revd Raymond Singh, Dr Eve Poole, Revd Canon Edward Carter – and to Rosie Venner and Bryn Lauder for additional material, editing and design.

As with all ECCR resources, these studies are free to download, share and use. If you’d like to support our work and help us produce more resources like this, please consider making a donation.