Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Elevation Church- Core- Something's Gotta Give

Something’s Gotta Give
The church doesn't talk nearly enough about money, and when the church does talk about money, we dance around it and apologize for it. Here are some of the reasons why the church should talk more about money.
1) Preachers should preach for the reasons Jesus preached.
Luke 4:18-19
Jesus preached at this time on earth to set people free & so if Jesus preached to set people free pastors should preach to set people free also.
Can you think of anything that concerns our daily lives that has more people in bondage & more people more tightly wrapped up and consumed than the issue of finances and money? Jesus came to open blind eyes. Can you think of anything that's more blinding than materialism.
2) Jesus preached about money
Pastors should preach about what Jesus preached about.
Nothing holds people more tightly in bondage in our society and in this part of the world that God has plopped us down in than money, the lack of it, the abundance of it, the building our lives around it, the chasing it, the funneling it, the routing it incorrectly.
There are more verses in the Bible about money than there are about prayer. There are about 500 verses about prayer, there are less than 500 verses about faith, there are over 2,000 verses about money in the Bible. 16 of the 38 parables that Jesus spoke on the earth had to do with possessions. One out of every ten verses in the Bible in the New Testament of the Bible is about money. One out of every six verses in the Bible in the Old Testament is about possessions.
3) Preachers should preach according to the agenda of Jesus not the agenda of the church business meeting.
Refuse to be the preacher who preaches about money in the church when moneys getting low for the church. For example; if the sound systems getting old you might preach about giving.
If Jesus is building a church he is paying the bills. "If its Gods will its Gods bill, so we ain't hurting for nothing and you're not paying Gods way my friend!"
Who better to speak to you about your money than a preacher of the gospel representing a God who owns it all and who knows it all. Who better to stand in your face and tell you the things you need to hear so that you're life can be set free and your eyes can be open, than a preacher representing God.
Although we may be finite and limited in our resources we serve a God who is infinite and unlimited in His resources and He's promised to provide, and we're in line with Him and we are on mission with Him.
Five reasons why it's important for us to be generous and why it's important for us to give.
Luke 12:13-21
God only struck people dead on the spot twice in the Bible and the reason was over money. In the New Testament.
1) Verse 13 - Possessions interrupt our lives. (Viruses on the computer, flat tire etc.)
We have to understand, it’s all Gods. Everything we own, everything in this world, is all HIS!
You might be successful and make a lot of money, but God gave you that talent, that personality and those skills. God gave you that gift.  Don’t forget it’s all Gods.
The gospel says that every good and perfect gift comes from above.
Count all the personal pronouns in verses 17-19.
Deuteronomy 8:17-18
God is the source, everything else is just a resource.
It’s not how much will I give him? but it’s what will I do with what He’s given me?
2) You are loaded.
We always have the excuse that we never have enough to give to the church, yet we are a nation that spends millions of dollars on materialistic things but can’t give back to the God who provides everything for you.
Mark 12- The widow gave all that she had.
You dont have anything He didn't give to you. You are not anything He didn't make you to be. James chapter one says "Every good and perfect gift comes from above."
You cannot out give a God who is gracious and has already given you the kingdom.
2 Corinthians 9
Where your treasure goes your heart follows.
Where you put your money it determines where your heart is at.
Put your money in things that are worth in the kingdom.
That have eternal worth.
When you invest in God’s kingdom on the earth, through the local church, when you give generously to other organizations that are feeding hungry people and clothing bodies, when you meet individual needs of people that you personally know, not only can you outgive God but your heart starts to be more intune with his heart because your heart is hitched to your treasure.
Eternal investments deserve a systematic approach.
Luke 12:20- Jesus illustrates how worthless and pointless and fruitless it is to put all of your heart and all of your money and all of your time in earning things that will stay here on this earth when you’re gone.
Everything else is wearing out, getting old, becoming useless and not even cool anymore.
What are you investing systematically into the kingdom of God?
It’s not how much you make, it’s not how much you earn that secures your financial future, it’s how much you save, how much you put away. This secures your financial future.

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