[The Navigating Your Finances God's Way small group study by Howard Dayton of Compass – finances God's way is designed to "equip people to faithfully apply God's financial principles so they may know Christ more intimately, be free to serve Him, and help fund the Great Commission."

I can attest to its power to transform lives, as I've led the study in my own home. Many participants tell me that it made a great difference in expanding their understanding of finances and true biblical stewardship. SMI believes in this study — so much so that we asked Compass' permission to run a series excerpting some of the study's core concepts for the benefit of SMI's readers.

If you have a heart to see others experience the blessing of financial freedom through handling money God's way, I strongly encourage you to investigate leading a Compass small group study. It requires no financial expertise, and you'll get to watch God's Word come alive in the hearts of your students. You'll be glad you did! – Mark Biller]

The way most people handle money is in sharp contrast to God's financial principles. Isaiah 55:8 puts it like this, "'My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,' declares the Lord." The most significant difference is that the Bible reveals God is closely involved with our finances.

The Bible and money

It may surprise you to learn how much the Bible has to say about finances. More than 2,350 verses address God's way of handling money and possessions. What's more, fifteen percent of everything Jesus Christ said has to do with money — how we view it and how we handle it. He made such a major point of teaching these things for three reasons:

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