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[Club Rules] Money

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Club Rules

Money

We’re spending a few weeks thinking about whether church is a club for Christians, with a set of rules that the members have to follow. Was this Jesus’ intention?

Today Dave talked about money and how we approach what can be a delicate subject in church.

GRATITUDE, GENEROSITY, GIVING

We looked at 1 Timothy 6:17-19.  Dave talked about the process to increasing money-healthy souls.  A response, an attitude and an action – gratitude, generosity and giving

Two things can block feeling grateful:

  • “Slight Upward Comparison” – where we focus on what others have that we feel we should have.
    • Have you noticed this in your own life? Are there times when you feel you’re missing out or feel sorry for your circumstances?
    • What could you do about this?
  • Entitlement – where you feel you deserve what you have; that it is your right.
    • Perhaps we’ve lost the sense of “there, but for the grace of God, go I”.  We can feel it’s our hard work and cleverness that has earned what we have and so we own it, rather than seeing it as a gift from God.
    • Look at Deuteronomy 8:18 and James 1:17.  How do these challenge our natural assumptions?
    • How can we retrain our brain to not feel so entitled?

Dave talked about the process parents will expect their children to learn about money by limiting what they have access to, expecting them to be patient and save.  To prioritise and make difficult choices based on their resources.

  • Do you think God could be working like this in your life?
  • How do you think you’re doing?  Are you responsible with your resources.
  • Read the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30
    • If you think of your resources are the bags of silver entrusted to you, do you think you’re getting a good Kingdom return on them?
    • How much do you see your resources as being ‘entrusted’ to you by God as opposed to be ‘earned’ by you?  How would it help to perceive it more as being entrusted?
    • Paul says, in 1 Timothy 6:7 that “we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.” In light of this, how important is receiving the commendation in Matthew 25:21 – “Well done, good and faithful servant! … Come and share your master’s happiness!”

 

  • How can we encourage, provoke or practice a generous attitude?
    • Can you think of some small, practical actions you could do this week to be more generous?

 

  • Is there something you feel God is calling you to do in regards to what you give?

 

There is so much in the Bible about money. You can look at the following passages and ask yourself:

  • What is interesting about this verse?
  • What does it tell you about the Bible’s attitude to money?
  • How is it different from the average person’s attitude?
  • What do you think this verse challenges you to do?
  • Do you think it’s realistic or achievable?

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

2 Corinthians 9:6-11


Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Acts 20:35


“Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.”

Luke 6:30


“The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”

Luke 3:11


I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:11-13


This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. Our God and Father abounds in glory that just pours out into eternity. Yes.

Philippians 4:19


You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9


“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life — whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

Matthew 6:19-34


Honour the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Proverbs 3:9-10

 

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Posted on 15th October 2018
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