Money is an integral part of our lives, because so much of life revolves around money. We can use it for good, or we can choose to use it as a tool for immoral and/or improper purposes. In God’s Word, we find many references to money and possessions. In fact, it is one of the most discussed topics in Scripture. The Bible helps us see that our faith influences how we handle money, and we also see that how we handle money influences our faith. Faith and money intersect constantly. Jesus tells us that we are to serve God rather than to be slaves to money and possessions, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24). We can’t worship the Almighty and the almighty dollar. Jesus tells us that it is easier for a camel to squeeze through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to get to heaven (Mark 10:25). He also said, “If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?” (Luke 16:11). Beginning on Sunday, April 8, we will begin a three-week sermon and Bible study series titled, “Following God’s Financial Counsel.” The goals of this sermon and Bible study series are to help God’s people … Gain a proper perspective toward money. Better understand and follow God’s wisdom regarding their finances. Develop and prioritize God-pleasing financial goals and plans. Reduce spending, borrow less, and save more. Embrace a lifestyle of generosity. We hope and pray that you will avail yourselves of all the opportunities offered by our church to grow as God-pleasing stewards of your money. Money is a gift from God, and, by God’s grace, we can use it in ways that give Him honor and praise.
In Christ you are no longer strangers, but members of the family of God. Ephesians 2:19