This final session on “Money Myths” contains:
1. God’s strange math in 2 Corinthians 8:2
2. Where your money goes when you give to Union
3. Testimonies and discussion of various aspects of finances and giving
This myth is mostly true–especially since God basically said the same thing in 2 Corinthians 9:7. The myth part lies in how we use that verse. The Apostle Paul tells us something specific about the character of God at the end of verse 7: he says God loves something. That’s a pretty big deal when the Bible spells something out so clearly and explicitly.
What does God love? A cheerful giver.
But what if I don’t give now, or I don’t give cheerfully? Should I wait? I think the opposite is true: the cure for not giving is giving. Just like the cure for a fear of dogs is to be around dogs, you will never conquer your materialism by keeping it close. You have to let it go.
It’s true, you can’t take it with you. When you die, you will be forever separated from your stuff. That’s why Jesus said not to store up treasure on earth; it’s not that earthly wealth is bad, it’s that it’s temporary. Rather, he said to lay up treasure in heaven. Why? Because it’s forever. So Jesus’ point in Matthew 6:19-21 is not that we shouldn’t store up treasure, but that we should change the location of it.
It’s interesting that Jesus doesn’t make an emotional appeal, but a logical one: Don’t spend all your money on something that won’t last when you can invest in the Kingdom of God, which is forever.
TV evangelists should probably get the credit for planting this myth in the minds of viewers. The truth behind the myth is: If I give, I will receive, so I can give. 2 corinthians 9:6-11 addresses the principle of sowing and reaping, which teaches us that God provides our “seed” (money) for sowing and that when we give, we will receive–not so we can get rich, but so we can be even more generous with God’s stuff.
This is a popular myth about God and money. Yes, churches have often been money-grubbing, greedy, self-interested pits of sin, but this message gives biblical insights into what God thinks of your money.
A myth is something we believe without really thinking it through. We believe lots of myths in life, but when it comes to money and God, we should free ourselves of myths! This message looks at one of the most famous of all: “Money is the root of all evil.” This message will show how does Bible doesn’t even say this and why God gave us money and stuff.
In this passage Paul the Apostle reminds us how loved we are by God. This becomes the basis by which we can love others around us.
It’s tough to forgive sometimes–especially when we still want to be mad! But the body of Christ should be known as a gracious community that readily forgives offenses, mostly because we recognize how much God forgave us through the suffering and death of Christ for our sin.
This message looks at what forgiveness is, addresses several questions about–or challenges to–forgiving others, and reviews Jesus’ severe warning about not forgiving others.
That saying I learned as a kid: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” was a lie! Words can do way more damage than sticks and stones. In this section of Ephesians the Apostle Paul instructs us to be careful with the words we use. Instead of tearing each other down, we should seek to build each other up in the faith with words that “give grace.”
Are you a thief? This message may cause you to change your answer. Paul the Apostle shows us how the church should be a giving community, not a community of thieves. This message also shows us how not stealing is related to the gospel and our being ambassadors for Christ in our city and beyond.