Presentation on theme: "God and Money: a question of Worship"— Presentation transcript:
1 God and Money: a question of Worship Biblical Principles to Teach your ChildrenPractical Issues
2 Biblical Principles God alone is God. He has set his love on us. The first and greatest commandment: Deuteronomy 6:4-9 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
3 Biblical Principles People make a god out of money: 17As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 18"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone. 19You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.'[a]” 20"Teacher," he declared, "all these I have kept since I was a boy." 21Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." 22At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!" 24The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, "Children, how hard it is[b] to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." 26The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, "Who then can be saved?" 27Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God." 28Peter said to him, "We have left everything to follow you!" 29"I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last first."
4 Biblical PrinciplesWe are easily blinded to our greed and our ability to make money into a god:Luke 12:15 “Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (c.f. Colossians 3:5, Ephesians 5:5, where Paul identifies greed as a form of idolatry)“Jesus warns people far more often about greed than about sex, yet almost no one thinks they are guilty of it. Therefore we should all begin with a working hypothesis that “this could easily be a problem for me.”” -T. Keller
5 Biblical Principles No one can serve two masters: Matthew 6: 24"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.I Timothy 6: People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
6 Biblical PrinciplesGod has saved us from our idolatry by grace through faith.The poverty of Christ is the means through which we experience the richness of God’s love;2 Cor 8:9For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.Jesus calls us his treasured people (I Peter 2:9) and commands us to treasure treasure in heaven: Matthew 6:19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
7 Biblical Principles All of life is to be a living sacrifice: Romans 12: 1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.Remember, “in view of God’s mercy.”
8 Biblical PrinciplesSince we belong wholly to God, our money belongs wholly to God. We are merely stewards.Stewardship: a lost concept.We are called to give faithfully to the progress of the gospel, to give generously to those in need, to give obediently to the civil authorities (Render to Caesar…/Romans 13), and to provide for the needs of our household (I Tim 5:8If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.)
9 Biblical Principles What about the tithe? OT 10% NT? Tithe affirmed by Jesus in one place: Matthew 23:23: 23"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. Tithe is still a good baseline.But this misses the point.In the NT, we are to give all (Rom 12:1-2).Biblical generosity, based on biblical joy.We should not be limited by the tithe. Not what MUST I give but how much can I give?
10 Biblical PrinciplesIt is not wrong to be rich, but it is wrong to trust in riches.I Timothy 6: Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
11 Biblical PrinciplesIt is not a shame to be poor, but our hope is not in material possessions or lack thereof:Matthew 6 28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
12 Biblical PrinciplesWe are called to contentment in every circumstance.I Timothy 6: 6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.Philippians 4:11b-13 I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
13 Biblical PrinciplesWe are called to sacrificial living in every circumstance2 Corinthians 87But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
14 Biblical Principles Thoughts? Questions? Comments? Principles that I failed to discuss?
15 Practical Issues More is caught than taught. Have the above principles transformed the way we think about/treat money?What, really, are we teaching our children through our actions?
16 Practical IssuesBe aware of the spheres of cultural influence and what values those spheres are instilling.Remember, more is caught than taught.Spheres of culture: your immediate family culture, extended family culture, church culture, social culture (friends), general culture (geographic region), pop culture (music, tv, movies, etc.)
17 Practical IssuesSpheres of culture case study:Travis McCoy “I wanna be a billionaire”I wanna be a billionaire so fricking bad/ Buy all of the things I never hadUh, I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine/ Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen[Chorus] Oh every time I close my eyes/I see my name in shining lightsA different city every night oh/ I swear the world better prepare/ For when I’m a billionaireYeah I would have a show like Oprah/ I would be the host of, everyday Christmas/ Give Travie a wish list/ I’d probably pull an Angelina and Brad Pitt/ And adopt a bunch of babies that ain’t never had sh-t/ Give away a few Mercedes like here lady have this/ And last but not least grant somebody their last wish/ Its been a couple months since I’ve single so/ You can call me Travie Claus minus the Ho Ho/ Get it, hehe, I’d probably visit where Katrina hit/ And damn sure do a lot more than FEMA did/ Yeah can’t forget about me stupid/ Everywhere I go Imma have my own theme musicI’ll be playing basketball with the President/ Dunking on his delegates/Then I’ll compliment him on his political etiquette/Toss a couple milli in the air just for the heck of it/ But keep the fives, twentys completely separate// And yeah I’ll be in a whole new tax bracket/ We in recession but let me take a crack at it/ I’ll probably take whatevers left and just split it up/ So everybody that I love can have a couple bucks/ And not a single tummy around me would know what hungry was/ Eating good sleeping soundly/ I know we all have a similar dream/ Go in your pocket pull out your wallet/ And put it in the air and sing
18 Practical Issues Utilizing spheres of culture to teach your children. Take the opportunity to point out the destructive nature of the love of money when it is displayed in movies/tv/etc. - (I.e. workaholic who has no relationships, etc.)
19 Practical IssuesTeach the difference between needs and wants.
20 Practical Issues Teach/model the value of work. All honest work is good work.The value of earning your living: an act of worship.Exceptions- those who cannot earn their living.
21 Practical Issues What about gambling? Is it always wrong. Not necessarily.However, it is probably foolish.Danger: greed. Addiction. Love of money, which leads to foolish behavior.
22 Practical IssuesRequire your children to contribute to the household in age appropriate waysYounger children:Teaching your children to work by inviting them to participate with you in household chores.Teaching them to pick up their toysElementary aged children:Chores lists or just school responsibilities? Either way, help them see that they have a job to do.Older children:Chores? Part-time jobs?All ages: Don’t always give handouts.“If a man will not work he shall not eat.”
23 Practical Issue Don’t just follow the Joneses Just because your community always buys things/experiences for your child does not mean you have to do so as well.
24 Practical IssuesHow can you make Christmas to be about more than getting presents?Serving as a family in some mercy ministry?Limiting the # of gifts that the family gets?Asking extended relatives to not give so much?Create special family traditions that nourish the family relationship.Encouraging giving to those who cannot give in return?
26 Practical Issues Teach them not to purchase based on impulses. Tell them (ahead of time) that store managers like to put candy on kid’s eye level. Just because its there, you don’t have to buy it.Teach them how to plan for making purchases.
27 Practical Issues5 Handy Questions for when you are making a “big” (or any) purchase (from Dave Ramsey):1. Would you buy this product tomorrow if you were to wait overnight and think about it?Is this item a need or want? Consider your motives for buying.Do you understand the item?Is there a better use for the money?Have you asked anybody their opinion?
28 Practical Issues Model Proper Stewardship of Money Including generosity towards othersIncluding constant thankfulness for God’s provision. (More than just prayer for the food)Includes respect for God’s law. (I.e. - what can you teach your children about honoring God even through paying taxes?)
29 Practical Issues Encourage proper stewardship of money. What do you do when relatives give your children money?How much can they spend? Do they give proportionately to God? What are they saving?
30 Practical IssuesStinginess can show that money has too great a hold on you.Lavish spending can show that money has too great a hold on you.
31 Practical Issues Teaching Generosity: Who buys Christmas/birthday/mother’s day present? You/them?Model generosity before them.Encourage them to show generosity on their own.Point them to the grace of God in Christ as what frees us to be generous.
32 Practical Issues Teaching teens to budget. Do you do so yourself? Larry Burkett resources.Dave Ramsey Resources.Teaching teens to save for the future.Teaching teens that they must provide things for themselves.