Programme • Session 1: Vision, Value, & Programs • Session 2: God’s & Our Responsibilities • Session 3: Seeking Counsel, Spending • Session 4: Debt, Debt List • Session 5: Giving, Saving • Session 6: Honesty/Integrity, Eternity
Money is the language of the world.God’s Word is the translation that leads to True Financial Freedom.
Living & Working In Gods Economy!
Ourvision… To see every follower of Christ in every nation faithfully living by God’s financial principles in every area of their lives
Ourmission … Equipping people worldwide to learn, apply, and teach God’s financial principles so they may know Christ more intimately, be free to serve Him, and help fund the Great Commission.
Programmes Financial Literacy Leadership Development Small Groups Seminars & Conferences Media Marketplace Coaching
My Financial Compass Achievement vision Free to focus on your Life Values! N You are realising your important long term goals, e.g. Home, business, education, retirement, legacy etc. Focusing on what you find most important in life – your Life Values! E Free to reach your goals! W Free to live! discipline Creativity Creating margin: You can focus on developing your important relationships, learning contentment, Knowing ‘how much is enough’ and growing in generosity Your finances in order You can live comfortably and in peace, managing debt well and saving for future expenses S Free to invest!
Session 2 Introduction Why should we talk about money?
I. Introduction—Why should we talk about money? 1. Spiritual reasons A. How we handle money has a big impact on the intimacy of our relationship with Christ. “If you have not been faithful in the use of [worldly wealth], who will entrust the true riches to you?”Luke 16:11, NASB
I. Introduction—Why should we talk about money? 1. Spiritual reasons A. How we handle money has a big impact on the intimacy of our relationship with Christ. A more intimate relationship with Christ is the “true riches” in life.
I. Introduction—Why should we talk about money? 1. Spiritual reasons B. Money is a primary competitor with Christ for the lordship of our lives. No one can serve two masters. Either hewill hate the one and love the other, or hewill be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24
I. Introduction—Why should we talk about money? 1. Spiritual reasons C. The way we handle finances is an outside indicator of our inward spiritual condition. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” Luke 16:10
I. Introduction—Why should we talk about money? Financial Problems Spiritual issues
Stewardshipresponsibility of the church … Generosity Poor living habits Poverty Church Business bondage Relation- ships Debt
I. Introduction—Why should we talk about money? 2. Practical reasons ‘More month than money’ – Haggai 1:5,6 ‘Need wisdom from above’ – James 3:17 ‘More ministry than people’ – Mark 4:19 ‘Money tends to disappear’ – Proverbs 23:5
I. Introduction—Why should we talk about money? 2. Practical reasons Lack of faith, hope and love fear, despair, greed
Session 3 God’s Part and my part!
II. God’s Responsibilities and Our Responsibilities • 1. God’s responsibilities • God is the owner of everything. “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” Psalm 24:1
II. God’s Responsibilities and Our Responsibilities 1. God’s responsibilities B. God is in control. “The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth.” Psalm 135:6
II. God’s Responsibilities and Our Responsibilities 1. God’s responsibilities C. God will provide our needs. “My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
II. God’s Responsibilities and Our Responsibilities 2. Our responsibilities with money A. We are stewards of God’s possessions. (A steward is a manager of someone else’s possessions.) [Psalm 8:5-8]
II. God’s Responsibilities and Our Responsibilities 2. Our responsibilities with money B. We are to be faithful with the resources He places in our hands. “It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:2, KJV
II. God’s Responsibilities and Our Responsibilities 2. Our responsibilities with money C. We are to be faithful in our theology. 2 Timothy 3:16
III. Work 1. The Lord created work for our benefit in the sinless environment of the Garden of Eden. “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2:15 “Avodah” = worship
III. Work • 2. God’s perspective of work • Work is necessary. “Six days you shall labor.”Exodus 34:21 “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”Thessalonians 3:10
III. Work 2. God’s perspective of work B. Work develops character. “Diligent hands [a good worker] will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.”Proverbs 12:24
III. Work 2. God’s perspective of work C. We work for Christ. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. . . . It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”Colossians 3:23-24
III. Work 3. God’s work responsibilities A. God gives us our job skills. “And every skilled person to whom the Lord has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work . . .” Exodus 36:1
III. Work 3. God’s work responsibilities B. God gives us our success. “The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered . . . his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did . . .”Genesis 39:2-3
III. Work 3. God’s work responsibilities C. God controls promotion and advancement. “No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt [promote] a man. But it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts [promotes] another.”Psalm 75:6-7
III Work 4. Gods work responsibilities D. God provides income “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. .” Matthew 6:33
III. Work 4. Our work responsibilities A. We are to work hard. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10
III. Work 4. Our work responsibilities A. We are to work hard. “The precious possession of a man is diligence.” Proverbs 12:27, NASB
III. Work 4. Our work responsibilities A. We are to work hard. “One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.” Proverbs 18:9
III. Work 4. Our work responsibilities A. We are to work hard. “We worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you . . . in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow.”2 Thessalonians 3:8-9
III. Work 4. Our work responsibilities B. We are not to overwork. “Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.” Exodus 34:21
III. Work 4. Our work responsibilities C. We are to be honest. “Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.” Leviticus 19:11
III. Work 4. Our work responsibilities D. We are to honor our employers. “Slaves, [employees] submit yourselves to your masters [employers] with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.” 1 Peter 2:18
III. Work 2. God’s perspective of work E. We are to honor fellow employees and never slander them. “Do not slander a servant [employee] to his master [employer], or he will curse you.” Proverbs 30:10
SESSION 3 How to better control expenses Seeking Counsel, Spending
I. Before major decisions, it is wise to seek counsel. “Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.” Proverbs 19:20 “The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” Proverbs 12:15
I. Before major decisions, it is wise to seek counsel. 1. God’s Word. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword . . . it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
I. Before major decisions, it is wise to seek counsel. 2. Spouse. “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’” Genesis 2:18
I. Before major decisions, it is wise to seek counsel. 3. Parents. “My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching”Proverbs 6:20
I. Before major decisions, it is wise to seek counsel. 4. Godly people. (Psalm 1:1-3) Remember, Gods ways are totally different! Isaiah 55:8,9
I. Before major decisions, it is wise to seek counsel. 5. Many counselors. “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22 “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure.” Proverbs 11:14