2023 Q1 | Managing For The Master Till He Comes

PROGRAM 1 (SSP230001)

(December 31–January 6)

Lesson 1: Part of God’s Family

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In this week’s study, we will explore the privileges and responsibilities of being a part of the family of God. He trusts us to manage His affairs on the earth, and encourages us to spend the resources that He has given to us for our own needs, for the needs of others, and for the advancement of His work.

Reading: Gal. 3:26, 29 | Ps. 50:10–12 | 1 Chron. 29:13, 14 | Phil. 4:19 | 1 John 5:3 | Matt. 6:19–21.

Memory Text: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1, NKJV).

Sunday (Jill Morikone) - “We Are Part of God's Family
Monday (Ryan Day) - “God is the Owner of Everything
Tuesday (John Lomacang) - “Resources Available for God's Family
Wednesday (John Dinzey) - “Responsibilities of God's Family Members
Thursday (Shelley Quinn) - “Treasure in Heaven

PROGRAM 2 (SSP230002)

(January 7–January 13)

Lesson 2: God’s Covenants With Us

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God makes two types of covenants with humanity: 1) unilateral covenants that require no human response; and 2) bilateral covenants that do require a response from humanity. This week we will study some very significant bilateral covenants between God and His children.

Reading: Matt. 10:22 | John 6:29 | Deut. 28:1–14 | Prov. 3:1–10 | Mal. 3:7–11 | Matt. 6:25–33.

Memory Text: “ ‘Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God’ ” (Deuteronomy 28:1, 2, NKJV).

Sunday (Shelley Quinn) - “The Salvation Covenant
Monday (John Dinzey ) - “To Hearken Diligently
Tuesday (Ryan Day) - “Honor the Lord
Wednesday (John Lomacang) - “The Tithe Contract
Thursday (Jill Morikone) - “Seek Ye First

PROGRAM 3 (SSP230003)

(January 14–January 20)

Lesson 3: The Tithing Contract

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The practice of tithing was instituted before the Jewish nation was formed. Join us this week as we study to understand its relevance to New Testament Christians, and the blessings that come from faithfully returning the Lord’s tithe.

Reading: Gen. 14:18–20 | Mal. 3:10; Deut. 12:5–14 | Lev. 27:30 | 1 Kings 17:9–16 | 1 Cor. 4:1, 2.

Memory Text: “ ‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it’ ” (Malachi 3:10, NKJV).

Sunday (John Dinzey) - “Tithe Equals a Tenth
Monday (John Lomacang) - “Where Is the Storehouse?
Tuesday (Jill Morkone) - “The Purpose of Tithing
Wednesday (Shelley Quinn) - “Tithing on the Gross or the Net Income?
Thursday (Ryan Day) - “An Honest or Faithful Tithe

PROGRAM 4 (SSP230004)

(January 21–January 27)

Lesson 4: Offerings for Jesus

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This week we will review what the Bible has to say about offerings as part of our management of God’s business on the earth.

Reading: 2 Cor. 9:6, 7 | Deut. 16:17 | 1 Chron. 16:29 | Ps. 116:12–18 | Mark 12:41–44 | Mark 14:3–9.

Memory Text: “What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me? I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of all His people” (Psalm 116:12–14, NKJV).

Sunday (John Lomacang) - “Motivation for Giving
Monday (Daniel Perrin) - “What Portion for Offerings
Tuesday (Ryan Day) - “Offerings and Worship
Wednesday (Jill Morikone) - “God Takes Note of Our Offerings
Thursday (Danny Shelton) - “Special Projects: Big Jar Giving

PROGRAM 5 (SSP230005)

(January 28–February 3)

Lesson 5: Dealing with Debt

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What are the reasons for debt, and how to we best deal with it? Even if you’re debt free, you will want to watch this week’s lesson and share this valuable and practical information with family and friends who could benefit from it.

Reading: Deut. 28:1, 2, 12 | Matt. 6:24 | 1 John 2:15 | Prov. 22:7 | Prov. 6:1–5 | Deut. 15:1–5.

Memory Text: “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7, NKJV).

Sunday (Ryan Day) - “The Debt Problems
Monday (Jill Morikone) - “Following Godly Counsel
Tuesday (Shelley Quinn) - “How to Get Out of Debt
Wednesday (John Lomacang) - “Surety and Get-Rich-Quick Schemes
Thursday (John Dinzey) - “Term Limits and Borrowing Points

PROGRAM 6 (SSP230006)

(February 4–February 10)

Lesson 6: Laying Up Treasure in Heaven

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This week we review Bible texts and illustrations that show us how to store up treasures in heaven and, ultimately, reap an eternal reward.

Reading: Gen. 6:5–14 | Heb. 11:8–13 | 2 Cor. 4:18 | Gen. 13:10–12 | Gen. 32:22–31 | Heb. 11:24–29.

Memory Text: “ ‘For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?’ ” (Mark 8:36, 37, NKJV).

Sunday (Jill Morikone) - “Noah Found Grace
Monday (Shelley Quinn) - “Abram, the Father of the Faithful
Tuesday (John Dinzey) - “Lot's Bad Decisions
Wednesday (John Lomacang) - “From Deceiver to Prince
Thursday (Ryan Day) - “Moses in Egypt

PROGRAM 7 (SSP230007)

(February 11–February 17)

Lesson 7: Unto the Least of These

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As God’s children, we are managers of His business, and helping the poor is not just an option—it is following the example of Jesus and obeying His commands.

Reading: Luke 4:16–19 | Isa. 62:1, 2 | Deut. 15:11 | Matt. 19:16–22 | Luke 19:1–10 | Job 29:12–16.

Memory Text: “ ‘Then the King will say to those on His right hand, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” ’ ” (Matthew 25:34, NKJV).

Sunday (Jill Morikone) - “The Life and Ministry of Jesus
Monday (Ryan Day) - “God's Provision for the Poor
Tuesday (John Lomacang) - “The Rich Young Ruler
Wednesday (John Dinzey) - “Zacchaeus
Thursday (Daniel Perrin) - “Consider the Man Job

PROGRAM 8 (SSP230008)

(February 18–February 24)

Lesson 8: Planning for Success

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Money and finances are a part of our lives, whether we like it or not. God wants us to enjoy success. Join us this week as we look at the idea of “success” in the context of basic stewardship and financial principles.

Reading: Eccles. 12:1 | Gen. 2:15 | 1 Tim. 5:8 | Col. 3:23, 24 | Gen. 39:2–5 | Prov. 3:5–8.

Memory Text: “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23, 24, NKJV).

Sunday (Shelley Quinn) - “First Things First
Monday (Ryan Day) - “The Blessing of Work (Ideally)
Tuesday (John Dinzey) - “The Earning Years
Wednesday (Jill Morikone) - “Working with Integrity
Thursday (John Lomacang) - “Seeking Godly Counsel

PROGRAM 9 (SSP230009)

(February 25–March 3)

Lesson 9: Beware of Covetousness

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Covetousness is frequently listed in Scripture with heinous sins that will keep one out of the kingdom of God. Join us for this week’s study as we look at examples of just how bad it is and what we can do to overcome it.

Reading: Isa. 14:12–14 | Eph. 5:5, Joshua 7 | John 12:1–8 | Acts 5:1–11 | 1 Cor. 10:13.

Memory Text: “ ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses’ ” (Luke 12:15, NKJV).

Sunday (John Dinzey) - “The Ultimate Original Sin?
Monday (Jill Morikone) - “An Accursed Thing in the Camp
Tuesday (John Lomacang) - “The Heart of Judas
Wednesday (Ryan Day) - “Ananias and Sapphira
Thursday (Shelley Quinn) - “Overcoming Covetousness

PROGRAM 10 (SSP230010)

(March 4–March 10)

Lesson 10: Giving Back

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This week we will review God’s counsel regarding our last years. What are things that we should do, what should we avoid doing, and what principles should we follow.

Reading: Luke 12:16–21 | Eccles. 2:18– 22 | Prov. 27:23–27 | 2 Cor. 4:18 | Eccles. 5:10 | Col. 1:15–17.

Memory Text: “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them” (Revelation 14:13).

Sunday (John Lomacang) - “The Rich Fool
Monday (Danny Shelton) - “You Can't Take It with You
Tuesday (Shelley Quinn) - “Begin with Personal Needs
Wednesday (John Dinzey) - “Deathbed Charity
Thursday (Jill Morikone) - “Spiritual Legacy

PROGRAM 11 (SSP230011)

(March 11–March 17)

Lesson 11: Managing in Tough Times

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Amid trying times we need to lean on the Lord more than ever.  Join us this week as our panel discusses biblical principles that are concrete steps we should follow.

Reading: 2 Chron. 20:1–22 | 1 Chron. 21:1–14 | 2 Pet. 3:3–12 | 1 John 2:15–17 | Rev. 13:11–17.

Memory Text: “ ‘Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me’ ” (Psalm 50:14, 15, NKJV).

Sunday (Ryan Day) - “Putting God First
Monday (Jill Morikone) - “Trust God, Not Your Own Resources
Tuesday (John Dinzey) - “Time to Simplify?
Wednesday (Shelley Quinn) - “Priorities
Thursday (John Lomacang) - “When No One Can Buy or Sell

PROGRAM 12 (SSP230012)

(March 18–March 24)

Lesson 12: Rewards of Faithfulness

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The Bible speaks of the rewards of God’s children that are promised through Christ after His Second Coming—when sin is finally eradicated. Join us this week as we look at what God promises, and His assurance that we will receive them.

Reading: Heb. 11:6 | Isa. 62:11 | Rom. 6:23 | John 14:1–3 | Revelation 21 | Matt. 25:20–23 | Rom. 8:16–18.

Memory Text: “ ‘His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord” ’ ” (Matthew 25:21, NKJV).

Sunday (Ryan Day) - “Reward for Faithfulness
Monday (Shelley Quinn) - “Everlasting Life
Tuesday (John Lomacang) - “The New Jerusalem
Wednesday (John Dinzey) - “The Settling of Accounts
Thursday (Jill Morikone) - “Eyes on the Prize