The Bible and Personal Finance

Talbot School of Theology

About this Course

Money touches everything. It is involved in everything we do. We work to make money. We make money to spend money. Just about everything we do involves money. Since money is so pervasive in our lives, many turn to the Bible to gain insight into how God would want us to live out our financial lives. Unfortunately, many find that it is not an easy task. The Bible can seem contradictory at times (should I plan ahead or not care about tomorrow?), leaving us confused. Even Google searches offer little help: websites and blogs offer good financial wisdom, but often they are only loosely tied to a verse or misinterpret the verse all together.

To be sure, there are many great books, resources, and conferences we can all go to that will teach us how to handle our finances well. I recommend that you explore one of those. In this course too, especially when taken in conjunction with Shane Enete’s courses on money management (linked below under the Financial Literacy Series list), will provide you with similar tools. What makes this particular course different? What I’ve tried to do in this curriculum is teach you how to fish instead of just giving you the fish. By the time you’re done, hopefully you’ll be able to start building principles and (especially) application points from the Bible yourself! I believe that when you create these on your own, you will feel a greater sense of ownership and be willing to take them on more easily. You’ll also be able to go beyond the few that I (or anyone else) will provide, and even beyond the topic of personal finance. It is my hope that this course will help you first and foremost fall in love in God’s word even more, and then from that love spur you on to a life of stewardship of God’s precious resources.

This course features the teachings of Dr. Daniel E. Kim, Professor of Old Testament and Semitics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.

Each lesson contains:

  • Videos in which Dr. Kim unpacks the lesson topic
  • A short quiz to help you recall what you learned
  • Reflections to help you integrate the material into your own life

This course is the first course in the Financial Literacy Series of courses available on Biola LEARN. The full list of courses in this series, present in their recommended order of completion, is:

  1. The Bible and Personal Finance
  2. Personal Financial Planning
  3. Basic Money Management (Basic Money Management for Church Leaders also available)