“The Love of Money” Bible Lesson

"The Love of Money" Bible LessonThis lesson plan is a simple Bible study for children about contentment and the love of money.  It does not require any special supplies and is discussion based taking input from the children.  It can be adapted to any grade level.

This Bible lesson deals with the heart issues behind the love of money. The world is constantly sending the message that more money will bring happiness. God’s Word says contentment is the better approach. In this lesson, children will learn about how it is best to be content with what God has given us.

There are other related materials on our website to help you teach this lesson. You could use our coloring page about giving or serving two masters for an extra learning activity. We also have an object lesson about giving.

Bible Passage: 1 Timothy 6:6-10a
Target Age: K- 6th grade
Time Needed: 20 minutes
Materials Needed: A whiteboard/chalkboard for teacher use
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Hook:

  1. “What are some things you want in life?”  Take input from the children and write their answers on the board. Write answers regarding material possessions on the left side of the board and answers of eternal significance on the right side of the board.
  2. Most answers will probably be materialistic in nature, so follow up with this question, “What are some things you think God wants for you in your life?”  Continue taking input and recording their answers on the appropriate side of the board.
  3. Review the answers with them making general observations about the things they want.

Book:

  1. “What is more important?  What we want in our life or what God wants for us in our life?”
  2. “Let’s read about what God wants us to want in our life.  Turn in your Bible to 1 Timothy 6:6-10a.”
  3. Read aloud the passage while the children follow along.

Look:

  1. “In the first verse of this passage there are two big words we need to explain: godliness and contentment.  What is godliness?”  Take input from the children.
  2. “Godliness is being like God.  Living your life in such a way that you become more and more like God each day.  This happens through learning more about Him and living out the fruit of the Spirit.”
  3. “What is contentment?” Take input from the children.
  4. “Contentment is being happy with what you have.  You do not live wanting everything you see or hear about, but instead you are satisfied with what you already have.  You do not want anything more.”
  5. “So in verse 6, God says there is great gain in godliness with contentment.  Seeking to be godly and being happy with what you have will be good for you. Why is godliness with contentment good for us?”
  6. “The answer is in the next part of the passage.” Reread out loud verse 6b-7.
  7. “When you were born, did you come with a lot of stuff? No, you came into this world with nothing.  It was just you!  And that is how it will be when you die.  You won’t be able to take any of your stuff with you.”
  8. “What do we really need to live?” Take input from the children.
  9. “We really only need food and clothing.  We should be happy if we have these two things because food and clothing are the two things we need.”
  10. “Now, what happens to a person who is not happy with having just food and clothing? What happens to a person who wants to become rich?” Read aloud verse 9-10.
  11. “There were some strong and scary words in those verses which described what happens to a person who wants to become rich: temptation, snare, senseless, harmful, ruin, destruction, and all kinds of evils.”  Write these words on the board as you restate them to the children.
  12. “Something important to learn from these verses about becoming rich is that it does not say every rich person will have these bad things happen.  It says for people who desire to be rich or who love money.  People who desire to be rich and who love money are not content.  They are not happy with what God has given them.”
  13. Think of a popular toy the children in or around your church are wanting to collect such as silly bands, a line of video games, etc. to insert in the blank. “Who in here has a ___________?  Who in here has more than one __________?  It is hard to be happy with just one isn’t it?  Once you get one then you just want to get more and then even when you have two or five you want to get even more. That is the problem with wanting material things: you can never get enough to be happy.  It is so hard to be content when all you want are material things.”
  14. “But God wants us to be happy and content with what we have for then we will grow to be more like Him and His Son Jesus Christ.”

Took:

  1. Reread out loud 1 Timothy 6-10a.
  2. “Going back to our lists we made at the beginning of the lesson, do you think your heart will be the most happy and content if you are trying to get the things on this side of the board or that side of the board?” Point to the list of material things and the list of eternal things.
  3. “The best things in life to desire are those things that will last for eternity for when we want those things we will be content and happy with what we have. For this is what God wants us to want: godliness with contentment!”


Comments

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  11. Donna-Marie Francis says

    This is my first time on your website but I know I’ll be visiting again. The lesson is simple, practical and relevant. Great idea Nancy about the use of sweets/treats. Continue to minister to children. Blessings.

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  13. Cleo says

    I really love this lesson and the ideas that others have came up with in the comments. I am going to integrate both the list and placing a check mark by the same things as well as the M&Ms idea. Thank you!

  14. Adrienne Ybarra says

    Tyrone~
    you have chosen a very serious and important lesson to start, not only because the word “money” will always get children’s attention but also because you are teaching right from the start to ALWAYS seek God and His ways. Stay Encouraged…the rewards for teaching children ministry is definately GREAT!! especially when you have your own children, issues that could never get resolved seem to just fall right into place! THANK YOU JESUS!!

  15. Stephanie Jernigan says

    The Holy Spirit gave me a great ice-breaking activity. You could give each child a sheet of paper, or put them into groups and give each group a sheet of paper, based on the number of students you have. Ask each child or group to write down what they want out of life, as discussed in the lesson, and have a scribe to go to the board. You would then start with one group or child and ask them to read their list. Have the scribe write those things on the board. Go to the next group or child and ask them to read their list and each time the same item comes up have the scribe place a check mark next to that word. Each time a different item comes up have the scribe add it to the list. Continue this until everyone has read there list and see what “things” were most common among their peers. Obviously for the younger children, you would have to modify a bit and just ask them to say the things out loud instead of writing them and, in this case, you would be the scribe. (You could do the same thing with the things God wants us to have out of life as well).

  16. Marisol Joseph says

    I really appreciate the poigniancy and relevance of these lessons. I have to admit that although you have made these lessons simple enough for children to understand, as an adult, I still feel ministered by them. Thank you for your wonderful efforts. The m & m example is awesome!
    God bless all of you!

  17. obehi says

    Thank you very much for this lesson. i would teach it to my class this morning.

  18. nancy says

    I just thought of a good visual aid/game you could incorporate. Use M&M’s or Skittles and give each child just one piece to eat. Then ask the kids if that is enough. Do they want another one? Give them another. Then ask if they would want another? Then tell them the part of the lesson about how with material items, treats, games, etc…we never seem to get enough..never really fill fullfilled.

  19. says

    This is an easy to follow lesson plan. I love it! This is one lesson that my kids church need to learn. Thank you very much and God bless your ministry!

  20. tyrone davis says

    This was a great lesson. I am just starting out teaching Children’s Church and i thought it would be a great attention getter to discuss the “Love of Money” lesson.

    Thanks for everything, and keep it up!!! :-)

  21. victoria gibbs says

    You are doing a good job I love it.
    from Aruba Dutch West Indies
    Victoria Gibbs

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