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Money and Worship

Tim Bowditch

tim bowditch

on 29 April 2010

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Money and Worship Is there an ethically binding limit on our purchases? AMERICA:
a society of wealth and consumption Personal Interest Money can be the clearest means of worship. Money can also be a most deceptive means of outward worship. Widow from Mark 12 Matthew 6:3-4 “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Outward Forms VS Inner Essence The church has been swinging on a pendulum of focus upon the outward forms and the inner essence of worship for centuries. Outward Forms are seen through our actions VS Inner Essence is only seen by God through our thoughts

18A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
19"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone. 20You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'[b]"
21"All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said.
22When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
23When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. 24Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
26Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?"
27Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."
28Peter said to him, "We have left all we had to follow you!"
29"I tell you the truth," Jesus said to them, "no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life."
God wanted different things from different people in different circumstances, but His purpose in seeking our hearts has never changed.
Worship is not and will never be bound by an amount of money.

A View of $ from the Church
When looking at the church across the globe, we see that God can be praised through many means.
We see how people express their intentions in worship by their outward forms.
Hybles confesses that, “spiritual growth doesn't happen best by becoming dependent on elaborate church programs but through the age old spiritual practices of prayer, bible reading, and relationships. And, ironically, these basic disciplines do not require multi-million dollar facilities and hundreds of staff to manage.”
Mary L. Conway writes, “Nothing is as contentious in current Christianity as worship style.”
Henry Wenman, writer of African Music and the Church in Africa, encourages the idea of musical worship unaided by extreme and complex sounds, advocating the simplicity of music limited to voice and clapping.
The church has had a certain tension within the idea of monetary spending because it is a most clear communicator of what we value the most.
How can we most clearly display that we value a relationship with Jesus Christ?
How can we most clearly show the love of God?

Often times, how we worship has become more important than why we worship
Just as most marriages end in divorce as a result of bad fiscal planning, the church has often divorced the wisdom of God in certain areas of the faith. Worship is one of them. The American church has idolized worship. We have worshiped worship itself.
Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

Money and Worship
Throughout the Holy Scriptures, we find that money has been a common element in worship.

Examples of Scripture’s Emphasis on Inner Essence
Cain and Abel
1 Samuel 16:7 says, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
Psalm 139 says, “O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.”
Examples of Scripture’s Emphasis on Outward Forms

In Abundance of $
*Exodus 25
*1 Kings 6

In Absence of $
*Mark 1
*Luke 18
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