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God’s Wisdom for Finances

As a church, we chose years ago to not be afraid of talking about money. In fact, after studying the gospels we decided that one of our measures would be, “Do I live the life of a generous giver?” That’s a discipleship question. How I handle my money, my level of generosity doesn’t begin with my bank account, it starts in my heart.

Proverbs is loaded with God’s wisdom on Money. Today, we’re going to look mainly at chapter 3 to learn four principles on handling our money.

Scripture: Proverbs 3:9-10

Generously

When we hear the word “generosity” we first think about a large amount of money. But generosity is not an amount, it’s an attitude. Our path to generosity isn’t more money, it’s reciprocating to others the generosity God has shown to us in Jesus. When we approach money as belonging to God, we’ll see the surplus He has given us to give to others.

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15

Yourself

Images indicate ownership. Whether it’s your name on a vacant chair, the picture on your phone’s lock screen, a brand on a horse or a portrait on a coin – an image indicates ownership. God has placed His image not on phones, shirts or money, but on people. If we should give back to God what has His image on it, we must give our whole self to Him.

Scripture: Mark 12:13-17

Treasuring Jesus Over Treasuring Riches

Contentment is a feeling or showing satisfaction with one’s possessions, status or situation. The word literally means, “self-sufficiency” but not being independent in terms of not needing God; it’s a trust and a joy that is in God. For many of us, we find our contentment in earthly riches, pursuits, relationships, etc. Let’s look at 1 Timothy 6:17-21 to see where our contentment and hope is to be found.

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:17-21

The Gospel Leads to Eternal Joy

Sound Doctrine is a Christian’s starting point for a life of godliness and contentment. The core of sound doctrine is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sound Doctrine – the Gospel – produces godliness and contentment. Godliness with contentment is great gain. This great gain is eternal joy that begins at the moment of salvation and endures for eternity. Indeed, the Gospel leads to Eternal Joy – joy in Christ.

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:3-10

The Great Reversal

The main point of this passage → It’s not that poor people go to heaven while rich people go to hell. The point is that people who live, love and trust in the things of this world will find that heaven is not their destiny, while those who live, love and trust in heavenly things, namely, Jesus, will find that heaven is their home.

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31

Gracious Giving Reflects A Belief In A Gracious God

As we read 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 we see that gracious giving gives evidence that we believe that God is gracious. God is gracious because He did not withhold His very own Son.

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:1-15