In this final part of The Money Secret we explore the blessing of taking our giving to the next level of generosity. Why should we give extravagantly, and what happens when we do?
The church doesn’t want your money, God wants your heart! That’s been the key message throughout this whole teaching series. So what are the heart attitudes God is looking for? In this message we explore (1) embracing contentment, rejecting comparison, (2) embracing gratitude, rejecting greed, (3) embracing giving, rejecting getting.
God promises to bless us as we give, but we also do our part to ensure prosperity by 1) working hard, being diligent in all that we do; 2) avoiding debt, saving for what we want to buy, budgeting well and getting out of debt, and 3) living honestly, not taking what doesn’t belong to us.
What should we do with our money? If you had a sudden windfall today what would you do with it? And perhaps more to the point, what SHOULD you do with it? Sometimes we spend money without even realising it – but we are called to manage our money well. So what does one of Jesus most famous parables about money teach us about how we should approach our finances – and what does this have to do with seeing more of God’s influence and authority here on earth?
Someone once said ‘You can tell a lot about priorities from their chequebooks’. What does your cheque book (or bank statement) reveal about your priorities? If God is first in our lives then our first priority should be to give back to God. So what is this second principal of financial freedom around firstfruits and tithing? Is it really still applicable today and if so, where do we start?
Money is often one of the biggest giants that we face. It’s a universal challenge that needs a Heavenly answer. So why do we worry so much about money and what is the single most important thing we can do that will change everything?
It’s incredible to think that Jesus has imparted his authority to us. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is in us by the Holy Spirit. But how do we see that power at work in and through our lives? What does it mean for us to have that authority to take our the giants?
Can you be secure in an insecure world? How do you manage when unexpected giants or challenges hit, and things like fear or doubt kick in? Where can we really find our security, so that we can fight back against the giants we face?
The story of David and Goliath. Giant killers burn with complaint, act with confidence, run with courage, pursue with commitment, and are contagious.