Archive for the ‘Money & Finances’ Category

Timeline of Truth: Ruth Seeks to Provide, and God Works Out the Details (Ruth 2:1-3)

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

As the widowed daughter-in-law who committed herself to her widowed mother-in-law, Ruth takes the initiative to provide. She seeks and receives Naomi’s approval to go and glean in the fields, as the Law provided for the poor and stranger. Ruth’s righteous choices are aided by God’s working in the background long before.

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God’s Leaders in the Church: Why Be a Bi-Vocational Pastor?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
God’s Leaders in the Church: Why Be a Bi-Vocational Pastor?
Adding to our Wednesday series, we examined a chapter written by our pastor relating to bi-vocational ministry – pastors who work part-time or full-time while serving as a pastor. We discuss the Biblical logic for bi-vocational ministry as the norm. We then look at numerous benefits as well as some drawbacks. This presentation is not the end of the discussion, but it certainly helps to get it started.

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Jesus Schools a Rich Man on His True Sinfulness (Luke 18:18-27)

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Jesus Schools a Rich Man on His True Sinfulness (Luke 18:18-27)

Riches cannot buy heaven, but they can keep you from it. Jesus is approached by a young ruler who is very rich, and very concerned about his eternal destiny.  He asks Jesus what he can do to inherit eternal life. Jesus answers the rich man based upon the man’s question, listing 5 of the 10 commandments. The rich man affirms his lifelong compliance with these 5 commandments. Jesus then instructs him to sell all that he has and give the proceeds to the poor. Do we have to give everything away to gain eternity? No. Jesus was seeking to help this young man see that nothing he was, he had, or could do would work to secure his eternal future. The law was given to show us our helpless, sinful state. Regardless of our status – rich or poor, educated or not, tall or short, talented or accomplish or having nothing to show – anything – is useless to us. Our only hope is God’s salvation, and nothing we are, we have, or that we can do can save us. We can only believe in God’s loving Sin Bearer – Jesus. What are you trusting in to get yourself into the kingdom of God? There is only one way, and that is Jesus’ payment for your sins.

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MONEY MATTERS: Jesus Confronts the Money-Loving Pharisees (Luke 16:14-18)

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

MONEY MATTERS: Jesus Confronts the Money-Loving Pharisees (Luke 16:14-18)

Jesus confronts the money-loving religious leaders that have been hearing Him speak and sneering at His teaching. Jesus points out their ungodly habit of trying to justify their ungodly money-loving attitudes and actions. He lets them know that what man considers important actually repulses God. Money often replaces God in people’s lives. Jesus also illustrates that when one refuses to follow God in one area, that person is likely to refuse to follow God in all areas, including morality and marriage. Are you like the money-loving Pharisees that put money first?

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MONEY MATTERS: Jesus Presents Two Principles Regarding Possessions (Luke 16:10-13)

Monday, March 12th, 2018

MONEY MATTERS: Jesus Presents Two Principles Regarding Possessions (Luke 16:10-13)

Jesus goes from telling stories to straight talk. He gives two principles that cannot be mistaken or missed. The first principle relates to reliability. Only those who are faithful with what little they already have can be counted on to be faithful with more. Faithfulness is not a matter of quantity. The second principle relates to loyalty. Jesus declares that absolutely no one can serve God and money. You may have the idea in your head that you can, but Jesus clearly says one master wins out. You can easily tell if God is your master by how you handle, pursue, and prize your money and possessions. Who is your master? God, or money? It’s easy to tell.

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MONEY MATTERS: Jesus Commands Us to Use Our Money for Eternal Impact (Luke 16:1-9)

Monday, March 12th, 2018

MONEY MATTERS: Jesus Commands Us to Use Our Money for Eternal Impact (Luke 16:1-9)

Jesus tells a rather strange story of a man who worked for a rich guy as a manager. He was a “steward” who was in charge of the financial affairs of this rich man. However, he had loosely handled the finances of his boss and was “called in on the carpet.” His boss basically told him to tie things up because he was going to terminate his employment. He was no longer trustworthy. The soon-to-be-unemployed steward worried for a bit, and then set out on a plan to make friends on the outside with the authority he still held with his boss’s money. It worked, and his boss was impressed at his strategy. Jesus then compares that steward with us. Our money really belongs to God. And we are to use “our” money to make friends in eternity. How can that happen? Our study will answer that question.

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5 Practices of a Mature and Obedient Follower of Jesus

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Doing works doesn’t make you a disciple of Jesus, but a disciple of Jesus will do these. Jesus has commanded us to do them. If we are believers and we are not practicing these things (or heading in that direction) we are either immature or we are disobedient.

Paul’s Final Words to the Ephesian Elders (Acts 20:32-35)

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

In this lesson, we summarize verses 17-31, and then take a look at five final principles Paul shares with the Ephesian elders. What last, most important things would you share to church leaders?

The Compensation of a Pastor (1 Timothy 5:17-18)

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

What does sthe Bible teach about caring for pastors financially? Are all pastors to be paid? What criteria are to be considered? The Bible addresses these very questions i 1 Timothy 5:17-18.

Devilish Dangers for Potential Pastors – Part 2 (1 Timothy 3:7)

Monday, October 21st, 2013

A poor outward testimony can ruin a person’s ministry, defame a church’s impact, and harm the message of the Truth. That’s why a man MUST have a good public testimony before becoming a pastor.