What is God doing at this point in time? Give up your privilege and do what God is doing.
Who do you want leading the charge in undoing injustice and defeating racism? Shouldn’t it be the people of God?
God gave up everything to serve you in the man Jesus. We should follow that example.
God is turning to the inner cities of America to fix the pain and destruction of violence and oppression and bring revival and reformation.
What are we to do with money? Acts 20:33-35; Eph 4:28; Luke 14:33;
to die for someone is much harder than laying down your life for someone
1 John 3:16-18
greed – Hebrews 14:5; 1 Timothy 6:6-11; 2 Tim 1:3-5
the bible clearly opposes the prosperity gospel – preachers of this gospel don’t live it. The focus is on people receiving money, not on the Kingdom. Adherants would not be qualified as elders according to scripture.
Matthew 19:16-24 – It wasn’t simply that the rich man had stuff, but that he valued that stuff more than the Son of God, who was standing right in front of him.
“Covet” by Beautiful Eulogy, from their album Satellite Kite. Released by Humble Beast and used by permission. http://www.humblebeast.com
It’s all about how you live! We discuss our core value of having a sacrificial attitude toward money and living a moderate lifestyle.
What do you devote to money? What does the Bible instruct concerning money?
Stewards – of God’s mysteries (1 corinthians 4:1) and Grace (Ephesians 3:2; 1 Peter 4:10)
We are not instructed, in scripture, to be stewards of money.
Sacrificial attitude towards money AND living a moderate lifestyle. You need to have both.
Moderate lifestyle is easier to sustain; not self-serving; not controlled by fads; and focuses on contentment, which brings great riches
Sacrifical attitude towards money is necessary to not be controlled by it, and also to avoid focusing on what you’re doing without and waiting for it to be returned to you. Focuses the use of your resources on the Kingdom.
The Good Samaritan wasn’t concerned with his stuff, he was concerned with the hurting person.
Isaiah 58 – Lifestyle of Fasting
Want vs Need
Matthew 6 – God supplies needs. Your stuff will get stolen.
Luke 12:13-21 Storing up even more stuff for your self. Is this verse the epitome of the American dream?
Luke 17:5-10 requirements for servants
Is living a meager lifestyle even biblical, considering the wealthy and powerful people in Scripture?
Joseph was a true steward – none of it was his stuff; he served his master well; never sought vengeance
Abraham – Started by leaving everything and walking by faith; all he had was setting the stage for the patriarchs; he was not greedy.
David – David’s attitude was: it’s God’s throne, He can put whoever He wants on it. David’s wealth was laying foundation for Israel as a nation and for building the temple.
All three were in tune with what God was doing at that time.
Jesus instructs His disciples to give up riches. “Riches” refers to wealth in the Old Testament but riches of Christ in the New Testament, except for 4 verses which warn against wealth.
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