This week, Pastor Ed Allen continued his series on Self-Management by talking about Financial Management. This is continuing to discuss a practice we strive for as a congregation, Using our resources with wisdom and purpose.
We looked at I Timothy 6:9 and 18-19. From John Piper, he noted that what you feel about money can destroy you, or it can secure the foundation of eternal life for you.
Our goal is to use our money in a way that will do us the greatest and longest gain (with an eternal perspective).
The rest of the sermon focused on II Corinthians 9:6-15, which has the most critically important principle about giving:
Happily give what you've decided to give.
We looked at 5 truths from this passage:
1) We should make a decision about giving.
God isn't interested in casual giving.
2) Our attitude in giving should be joy.
Reluctance doesn't please God.
3) You cannot outpace God in your desire to give.
If you truly desire to give more, God will provide it.
Sometimes God waits for us to begin, then He supplies.
4) Our giving will be blessed by God.
We'll be enriched, to be generous.
5) Our giving results in a riot of praise and blessing and growth!
Pastor Ed finished with some Application Suggestions:
1) Take the next step in managing your finances well this week.
2) Take the next step in generosity.
Now, Gateway, how has this sermon played out in your life? Any additional thoughts? Experiences to share?