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CO talk 6: Financial Stewardship
Transcript of CO talk 6: Financial Stewardship
Principles of Christian Finance
Everything belongs to God
God created everything.
God is the owner of everything without exception.
We are merely stewards
of what belongs to God
Managers not masters over things God has entrusted to us
Manage wisely, unselfishly, and in accordance with God's plan
It is God who enables
us to acquire wealth
Without God's blessings, we wouldn't have the good things we have
Our minds, education, business opportunities, "good luck", all are ours only by God's grace
We should use our finances (wealth & possessions) to glorify God and participate in the spread of His Kingdom.
Given to immediate body of Christ of which one is a part and where one draws support for one's Christian life
*Ex: ICC and SFC
Given to support the work of the Lord
We rob God if we don't tithe.
For "food in God's house."
Generosity to "open the floodgates."
CFC - SFC
Tithing is not part of the SFC covenant, but it is certainly an essential part of our life as a growing Christian
Only source of income is contributions from its members
Monthly collection at GA
Roadmap to Financial Stability
Realize that we are blessed.
Trust God for provisions
Do our part: (+)income, (-)expenses
Increase sources of funds
Decrease our uses of funds
Simplify your lifestyle
Learn how to save
Make a budget
1 Corinthians 4:7
"Name something you have that you have not received. If then, you have received it, why are you boasting as if it were your own?"
"It is the Lord's blessing that brings wealth, and no effort can substitute for it"
"Honor the Lord with your wealth"
"The Lord's are the earth and its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it"
10% of income after taxes
"Since the days of your ancestors you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, that I may return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, "Why should we return?" Can anyone rob God? But you are robbing me! And you say, "How have we robbed you?" Of tithes and contributions! You are indeed accursed, for you, the whole nation, rob me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse. That there may be food in my house. Put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, and see if I do not open the floodgates of heaven for you, and pour down upon you blessing without measure!"
SFC tithes pay for:
Support for missionaries
Formation of members
Purchase of assets as needed
Be generous - Give, Give, Give!
Even our Lord paid taxes
Share with the Poor
Remember the floodgates God promised us
"When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax approached Peter and said, "Does not your teacher pay the temple tax?" "Yes," he said."
In a month, how much do you spend on:
It's the right thing to do
God's work needs money, God Himself does not!
Don't focus on the 10%, but on the 90% we keep for ourselves!
Let's not lose the proper perspective