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Money Management - How to Make the Most of Your Money (3 of 8)
Series: Resource Management
You may be here this morning for the first time and thinking, ''That's all they ever talk about is money''.Well, the truth is, this is the first sermon on money that I've preached in quite a while. Here is a disclaimer: this message is not about us getting your money. As you can see from the worship guide, your giving is over and above our budget for this year. We don't want you to STOP giving; but your giving has more to do with your relationship with God than it does your relationship to this church.
It's about helping us understand what God says about how to best manage the money that He has entrusted to us; not for our purposes, but for the purposes and pleasure of God.
In his book, Money, the Acid Test, David McConaughy writes:
Money, the most common of temporal things, involves uncommon and eternal consequences. Even though it may be done quite unconsciously, money molds men-in the process of getting it, saving, of using it, of giving it, of accounting for it. Depending on how it is handled, it proves either a blessing or curse to its possessor: either the man becomes master of his money, or the money becomes master of the man.
Money, the Acid Test
Although one survey found that only 51% of people believed the Bible contained guidance about money, the bible has a great deal to say about money,
But look at this:
- The Bible has more than 2,500 direct references to money
- The New Testament says more about money than about heaven and hell combined.
- Five times more is said about money than prayer and faith.
- 16 of the 38 parables Jesus told are concerned with how to manage money and possessions.
Why? Because Jesus knew that where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Remember Jesus said to not lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where they can be destroyed; but lay up for you ...
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