St. Edmund's, Crickhowell
Lent 2002

Home Group Study 4

Everything in balance

Spending and Saving under Control?

Joseph's actions as Pharoah's Prime Minister show a prudent way of dealing with surplus. "Boom and Bust" is not part of God's economic policy.


If you received £100 you were not expecting would you:

  1. Put it into a savings account "for a rainy day"?
  2. Use it to pay off some of your overdraft?
  3. Buy something useful for the house?
  4. Have a romantic dinner with someone special?


Genesis 1: 20 - 31

Praise God for the abundant resources of his creation.


  1. Read Genesis 41: 25 - 36 and Genesis 42: 1 - 5
    If Jacob's family suffered from the famine then they must also have enjoyed the surplus.
  2. Read Genesis 47: 13 - 26
    Joseph brought the whole population of Egypt under Pharaoh's direct economic control.
    Did he exploit the weakness of others?
    What were his priorities? What should they have been?
  3. Consider the parable of the rich fool in Luke 12: 15 - 31.
  4. Is there any way in which our ecomomic policies at a personal & domestic level can make a difference at a national or international level?
    Is it worth bothering?


Last updated 1/3/2002