How much is enough? This series takes a look at money and God’s view on it.
Week One: When Is Enough, Enough?
April 14-15 | Nancy Ortberg
Why do we always want more? Why can't we just say "no"? The joy and satisfaction that we experience with giving will far exceed the joy we experience in accumulation. The way we hold on to and release our money reflects how much we put our identity in God -- not in our job, possessions, or status. God promises to give us enough.
Challenge: What are ways that we can live more simply so that we can give more generously?
1) How can we use what we are already spending to create change?
2) Use a few of the "ENUF" cards to state yourself, "I've had enough" or to remind yourself to ask, "have I had enough?"
3) Find ways to use your "loose change" that you would not use otherwise.
Week Two: 10 Financial Commandments
April 21-22 | John Ortberg
How are people in our culture in our day doing when it comes to living with financial wisdom from God's perspective? The Bible talks about money more than any other subject. It provides guidelines on how to handle money and help us live financially successful lives.
Challenge: What commandment do you need to focus on this week?
1. Thou shalt remember who the owner is.
2. Thou shalt embrace thy work.
3. Thou shalt not fall into debt.
4. Thou shalt teach thy children about money.
5. Thou shalt have a plan.
6. Thou shalt declare "enough."
7. Thou shalt find an alternative way to keep score.
8. Thou shalt look around.
9. Thou shalt seek wise counsel.
10. Thou shalt look forward to thy final audit.
Psalm 24:1, Deuteronomy 8:17-18, Colossians 3:22-25, Porverbs 22:29, Proverbs 22:7, Deuteronomy 24:6, Psalm 34:11, 1 Corinthians 16:2, Proverbs 21:20, Proverbs 30:15, Proverbs 19:17, James 2:1,5, Proverbs 11:14, Luke 12:48
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Week Three: The Divine Dare
May 5-6 | John Ortberg
Money can be a tool to accomplish great things, but it can also be a drug that causes people to sacrifice the ones they love to get more. Tithing (the giving of one-tenth of what we earn) is only a small portion of creating a life reflecting God's generosity. Tithing doesn't just involve giving money to the church, but sharing in celebration and joy in community with each other and helping the poor and underprivileged. It all begins with a decision to obey God in your finances.
Challenge: Are your resources a tool or a drug? How can you surrender your resources to the kingdom of God?
Luke 19:13, I Timothy 6:9, Numbers 18:21, Deuteronomy 14:23, Deuteronomy 14:26, 2 Corinthians 9:7, Deuteronomy 14:28-29, Exodus 23:19, Deuteronomy 26:5-7, 1 Corinthians 15:20, Leviticus 19:9-10, Mark 2:23, 2 Corinthians 8:9, Deuteronomy 24:19, Ruth 2:2, Leviticus 7:37