Sunday, September 16, 2018

 

 

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:6v (NIV)

 

     6: Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

 

Subject: "Living Your Best Life: Financially" (Part III)

 

 

 

I: Art Rainer, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in his article, "6 Reasons why Church Leaders are afraid to talk about money," shares why some pastors and churches never talk about money. According to Rainer, some church leaders don't like talking about money because: "1) Fear of being grouped with a few, 2) Fear that talking about money is heard as asking for money, 3) Fear of reducing attendance, 4) Fear of turning guests off, 5) Fear of hate mail, 6) Fear of conviction regarding their own finances." According to the latest report from the Federal Reserve Board, the church better start talking about money more than it ever as or some people will never be able to live their best life financially. The Federal Reserve Board report revealed that, "40% of Americans can't cover a $400 emergency expense. Those who don't have the cash on hand say they would have to cover the emergency by borrowing or selling something." The report also shares that "hardship exist for those who are 1) repaying college loans, 2) managing retirement savings, 3) covering emergency expenses, and 4) failing to draft and operate within a budget." Financial guru Joe Wilson of Joe Knows Money noted, "people could take $20 and buy a piece of Nike stock but they would rather pay $100-$200 for the shoes."

 

 

II: 15% of the teachings of Jesus was on the topic of money and possessions. Jesus talked about money and possessions more than heaven or hell. According to multiple sources there are nearly "2000 verses on money in comparison to 500 verses on prayer and fewer than that on faith." The Apostle Paul uses an Agricultural principal in the text to illustrate how sowing/giving leads to blessings. When dealing with the economy of God, Paul points out to us how the giver's life is enriched every time they give. Giving is not just to a religious institution. Giving also includes engaging in philanthropic contributions, college scholarships or endowment programs and being generous to those who are in need. 

 

 

 

III: The Apostle Paul reminds us that if we want to live our best life financially then we must...

 

 

#1) Realize that giving does not hurt us, it actually helps us (6-7v)

 

 

-"Sow little, Reap Little. Sow much, Reap much!"

 

 

-The Apostle Paul offers us two important reasons we should give generously. 1) The size of the harvest corresponds to the scope of sowing and 2) God loves a cheerful giver. 

 

 

-Giving is a spirit! If the spirit of stinginess and selfishness exist when you do not have anything, it will exist when you have everything. 

 

 

-Winston Churchill noted: "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."

 

 

 

#2) Trust God's mathematics and ability (8v)

 

 

-Paul directs us to give generously and in the same breath he declares God will ensure that in all things at all times, having all that we need!

 

 

-You don't mind giving generously when you know and trust God's mathematics.

 

 

-One scholar said, "most people become miserly in their giving because they worry that they will not have enough for themselves. Reluctance to sow generously, then, reflects a refusal to trust that God is all sufficient and all gracious."

 

 

-How can you trust God with your life, career, health, protection, prayers, sins and well-being but can't trust God with your money?

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