What does it look like to handle money Gods way? Unfortunately, many Christians have only learned how to handle 10% of their income Gods waythe area of giving. Most have learned how to handle the remaining 90% from the worlds perspective. Its hard not to follow our inclination toward acquiring stuff. When we do, we miss whats really important and end up struggling. We work overtime, leaving our families behind, so we can make enough money to pay the bills
all in the name of stuff! Gods desire is that wed experience peace. When we believe that God is the owner of all we have, we gain a new perspective on the way we handle all the resources we have been givennot just 10% of our income. Having a content heart, managing money Gods way, and avoiding the trappings of the world, frees us to focus on the things that really matter, like family, friends, ministry and Gods purpose for your life. (Adapted from Crown Ministries and Dave Ramsey materials)
Why talk about finances?
1) Matthew 6:24 - You cannot serve both God and Money.
2) Luke 12:14 - Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed
3) Luke 14:33 - In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple
Who doesnt struggle with financial issues or the pull of stuff?
1) Many are in so much DEBT:
Trapped in a certain career or job
Servants to the lender
Cant take time off or afford to take a mission trip
Often both couples in a marriage work
2) Culture More is Better
Worlds way of prioritizing spending decisions
1) Lifestyle 2) Debt 3) Taxes 4) Savings 5) Giving
Gods way of handling finances
1) Giving 2) Savings 3) Taxes 4) Debt 5) Lifestyle
You have a choice
1) Isnt it true that you have followed a specific path financially that has created your current financial reality? Im sure there are things that have happened to you financially that were beyond your control. But Im equally sure that there is a long sequence of financial decisions youve made that explains where you are financially. In essence, you have followed a specific financial path, one that, if followed by others, would bring them to a similar destination.
2) Just as there are paths that have led us to places we never intended to be, there are paths that lead us away from those places as well. (Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley)
Financial Bondage Through:
1) Wealth or pursuit of wealth (1Ti 6:1)
2) Laziness (2Th 3:10)
6) Anything that gets in the way of your relationship with God and others
Why does Northwest Church offer the finance education?
1) God can use it to change your life
2) To help people experience financial peace
3) To help guide people down the right path
4) How we handle finances reflects our spiritual lives
5) To teach biblical principles for making financial decisions (Hos 4:6)
GOD OWNS IT ALL
1) Leviticus 25:23 - The land
2) Haggai 2:8 - The silver and gold
3) Psalm 50:10-12 - The cattle on a thousand hills
4) Psalm 24:1 - The earth and all who live in it
How do I recognize that God is the owner?
1) Surrender ownership to God in your heart
2) Tithe (Ge 14:18-20; Mt 23:23)
3) Accept Gods direction (Jer 29:11)
4) My reaction to events of life
How I react when faced with a loss
How do I react when something is damaged?
Regularly thank God for His provision
5) Practice contentment
What are my responsibilities?
A) Be a faithful steward of everything entrusted to me by God
1) Until we realize and act like God owns it all, we are never going to be free (Mt 25:14-21, parable of the talents)
2) Parable of the Rich Fool (Lk 12:16-21)
3) Rich are to be generous and lend freely (1Ti 6:17-19)
4) God may give to you to supply anothers need (2Co 8:1-15)
B) Know the Owners instructionspray, read Bible
1) 2 Timothy 3:16-17
2) Hosea 4:6
3) Pray for Gods direction in financial decisions
4) Seek counsel (balance extremes - marrieds - singles)
5) Know biblical principles for making financial decisions (Crown)
Develop and live by a spending plan, debt and co-signing
How we work, saving and investing
Gambling, paying taxes, employee and employer responsibilities
Seeking counsel, honest in financial dealings
Lifestyle decisions, inheritance for children
Planning for the future, leaving a legacy
Viewing our present lives through the lens of eternity
C) Trust God
1) Proverbs 3:5-7
2) Luke 12:25
D) Teaching our children (www.crown.org) (www.daveramsey.com)
E) High School workshop - Weds Feb 17 & 24 - contact Elanor Harris
F) Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University - Sunday, April 11 6:00-8:00pm
What do I do?
1) Take action within 2 weeks or statistics say you wont.
2) Evaluate what path are you onthe one that leads to:
a) Financial bondage or
b) Financial freedom
3) Ask the Lord to make you aware of His ownership and make you willing to transfer ownership. Pray for this during the next 30 days.
4) Seek Gods plan for your life and purpose to be content there.
5) Do what God tells you to doto the best of your human ability.
6) Trust God to provide.
7) Cultivate an attitude of contentment and thankfulness.
8) Expect God to work through your finances.
To manifest His power to show the people in our world that He exists
To unify us as a body
Direct our lives by providing and by withholding
1) In what ways does stuff create worry? relieve worry?
2) What are some of the ways that youve stored up treasures on earth? in heaven?
3) Describe ways that you make Jesus the Lord over your material possessions. What areas in your finances do you regularly struggle to make Jesus Lord?