Spirit of Mammon - Mike Connell (4 sermons) Finance Seminar -
Shane Willard (2 sermons)
Spirit of Mammon (1 of 4) The number of times Jesus talked about
wealth and possessions, stewardship and accountability, far
exceeded any discussion on any topic. In fact there's about 10
times the number of references to finances and stewardship and
resources, than there are to faith and salvation, and yet all of
these go together. Often the moment we start to talk about money,
people freeze - and we will see why...
Put God First (2 of 4) I've seen too many rich people who had
miserable lives to believe that money can really make your life
happy. It just can't. God can make you happy, money can't. Money is
just a piece of paper. It's some numbers in the bank. It cannot
make your life happy. What it does instead is it tends to create
Generosity (3 of 4) We have seen many people that have had much
money and yet they didn't have what money seemed to promise, health
and prosperity and every good thing. It seems like it still eludes
them, so we looked at that and saw that Jesus taught very
specifically about us placing God first. To be generous is to be
liberal. It's an attitude of heart that shows up in every area of
your life including finances. Generosity exposes selfishness
Generosity (4 of 4) There's something about generosity that
creates a very sweet fragrance. When people give and there's
nothing in it for themselves, they've just given unexpectedly to
you, then there's something sweet about it. Generosity usually
exposes greed. God is love and you can't love without giving. You
can give without loving, but you can't love without giving, so the
greatest way we express the love of God to people is when we can be
generous and kind to them with no agenda. That's when people see
God, because that's what God is like.
Shane Willard offers a unique Jewish/Hebraic perspective for
Christians on Finance and Giving. Shane is mentored by a pastor
with rabbinical training, and teaches the context of the Scriptures
from a Hebraic perspective. This perspective helps people to see
God's Word in a completely new way and leads them into a more
intimate relationship with the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Finance (1 of 2) There's a great cure for poverty, it's called
get a job, work hard. God never set himself up as the cure for
laziness, or the cure for stupid. There is no supernatural,
super-spiritual thing that over comes a lack of hard work or
laziness. We've got to be wise, which means staying out of debt,
not putting money in things going down in value, not trusting the
government to do it for us, live on a budget, take charge of your
finances, show self-control To know God, is to take care of the
poor and the afflicted. Tsedaqah (Hebrew) is introduced, equating
Righteousness with Generosity/Charity
Finance (2 of 2) We're called to live on a circle in a square. A
circle inside of a square is 79%. The math from the commands
matches the illustration from agriculture. 2.5% is put in the hands
of the Priest; then a tenth is given to the church; and a tenth for
yourself, in the form of savings, but one third of that is given to
the poor. He doesn't want you just to go to heaven one day, he
wants you to bring heaven to earth now. If your first fruits are in
the right hands, your finances can't die. You sanctify everything
else in your life by honouring the lord with your first fruits.
James 1.26 If anyone considers himself religious and does yet
not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his
religion is worthless. Religion that our God our father accepts as
pure and faultless is this; to look after orphans and widows in
their distress. The religion our father sees as pure is
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