The End of Greed - Book, Bible Study and Preaching Guide
The consumer culture in which we are immersed urges us to acquire as many things and experiences as our incomes will allow. But what if our habit of acquiring more is simply a modern manifestation of greed? Baptist World Aid Australia has released a book and Bible study series called "The End of Greed". These will help you and your church discover how consumerism can be damaging to your relationship with God, can sap your capacity to be generous, exploits people in poorer countries, wreaks havoc on the planet and inflicts suffering on animals. You’ll also identify simple, practical steps towards a new, Christ-shaped way of consuming.
About The End of Greed
The End of Greed is a five part book, multimedia small group bible study and preaching series that will help you and your church grapple with what it means to follow Jesus in a consumer culture.
Five sessions explore five themes:
Consumerism and Christianity as competing visions of the good life and how we can embrace the way of Jesus.
How consumerism militates against generosity and how we can become the extravagantly generous people God calls us to be.
The ways people in developing countries are exploited making the goods we consume and how we can treat them justly.
The impact consumerism is having on the environment and how we can recover biblical stewardship.
The impact of consumerism on animal welfare and how we can live out a biblical response.
Praise for The End of Greed
“This book is easy to read, highly engaging and extremely practical. But at another level it is a disturbing challenge to us all. Scott reminds us that we have vastly more than our grandparent’s generation, unimaginable wealth compared to most people on the planet, and yet we find ourselves still wanting more.
This is a brilliant resource that nicely smacks you around the ears with the harsh realities of God’s universal reign on earth. Then, having confronted us with our own greed, he offers us realistic ways forward. If The End of Greed does contain a prophetic challenge, and I believe it does, then like all prophetic texts we ignore it at our peril.”
Michael Frost, Morling College, NSW- Author: Exiles, The Road to Missional, Jesus the Fool
“In The End of Greed Scott Higgins has set out to deal with Christians' attitudes to consumption and the influence of materialistic western culture. Scott brings to the topic solid Biblical foundations, philosophical sense, harrowing examples and practical solutions to create a book that will be immensely helpful for any individual or church community.”
Karl Faase, Senior Pastor, Gymea Baptist Church, NSW
“This is a thoroughly readable book, which is at times a little distressing, as its content challenges and requires response. It reflects good theology which is well applied and richly relevant for both the church and the marketplace. I hope that this book finds a wide readership, for it deals with topics that matter. It provides more than enough content for a stimulating sermon series, or to keep home groups discussing into the small hours of the morning. Hopefully at some point we will stop the chatter, and start to implement some of the attainable small steps suggested.”
Dr. Brian Harris, Principal, Vose Seminary, WA
“Scott Higgins in ‘The End of Greed’ engages the reader with confronting stories and compelling Biblical perspectives about how we live in today’s world and then challenges followers of Jesus to take action to make a difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. This is a down to earth book about seeing the kingdom of God come on earth. I reckon it is a must read for people and pastors! It provides outstanding material for sermons and group studies but more than that it demands an action response. Allow God to stretch you and bless your world by reading ‘The End of Greed’.”
Bill Brown, Senior Pastor, Syndal Baptist Church, Victoria