Sunday 09.16.18 (God and Money: Plan Well)

This morning, we’ll continue our God and Money series by taking a look at what the Bible says about how we are to be wise and plan well when it comes to our finances. This evening, we’ll join with other Osage River Baptist churches at Kamp Keirsey for the annual camp picnic. We hope to see you there!

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@230pm Adrian Manor nursing home service
@5pm Camp Picnic at Kamp Keirsey

Sermon Notes
Plan Well ~ Various Scriptures

The sermon in one sentence: Wisely consider your finances in order to maximize your involvement in God’s purposes, because you belong to Jesus and everything you have is his.

  • Those who are wise “will count the costs” (Luke 14:27-33)
    • Jesus uses realities of money to illustrate the point: He is worth following and everything we have belongs to him
    • Therefore we should use our wealth to honor God
  • Four main purposes of money to help us love others well according to God’s will:
    • To provide for you and your family (1 Timothy 5:8)
    • To give help to those in need (Matthew 6:2)
    • To support the spread of the gospel (Philippians 4:10-19)
    • To enjoy life with family and friends (Ecclesiastes 9:7-10)
  • Three aspects of planning well in order to maximize your involvement in God’s purposes:
    • Budget wisely (Proverbs 13:16)
    • Spend wisely (Proverbs 21:17, 20)
    • Save wisely (Proverbs 6:6-11)

God and Money (sermon series)

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Songs for Worship
Worthy of Worship
Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
All that Thrills My Soul
How Great Thou Art
My Tribute
I Surrender All

Sunday 09.09.18 (God and money: stay focused)

This morning we’ll kickoff our new Sunday School / Small Groups year with doughnuts and coffee in the gym at 930 before classes begin at 945. Then during our worship gathering, we’ll begin our God and Money series with a look at 1 Timothy 6:6-10, learning how to stay focused with a proper perspective on wealth. Then on Sunday evening, we’ll conclude our Follow Me video study. We hope to see you there!

@930 Sunday School Kickoff in gym
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Follow Me video study in youth room

Sermon Notes
Stay Focused ~ 1 Timothy 6:6-10

The sermon in one sentence: Stay focused by remembering that wealth is temporary but godliness brings eternal gain.

  • Godliness provides the best gain, so pursue godliness with more passion than you pursue wealth (6:6, 9-10)
  • There is only a small amount that you need for life, so enjoy what you have and be content with the basics (6:6, 8)
  • Wealth is only temporary, so be wise with your wealth and don’t waste it by hoarding it (6:7)

Note: Everyone in attendance will receive a free copy of the book The Money Challenge: 30 Days of Discovering God’s Design for You and Your Money by Art Rainer (one per household)

God and Money (sermon series)

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Songs for Worship
Better Is One Day
My Jesus, I Love Thee
Count Your Blessings
I’d Rather Have Jesus
Holy and Anointed One

Upcoming Sermon Series

In a recent church survey, we asked if there were any particular sermon topics people would be interested in hearing. We received back quite a few topics that Pastor Mike is planning to use to finish out 2018 once we wrap up our journey through Exodus at the end of this month.

Unfortunately, there’s not enough time for every idea (though they may be visited further in the future). Below are the series and sermons planned from August through December.

August: The Art of Prayer and Fasting
08.05 “Learning to Pray” (Luke 11:1-13)
08.12 “The Art of Praying Well” (Romans 8:26-30)
08.19 “Learning to Fast” (Isaiah 58)
08.26 “The Art of Fasting Well” (Matthew 6:1, 16-18)

the art of prayer and fasting (sermon series)

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September 2: TBD

September: God and Money (personal finance)
09.09 “Stay Focused” (1 Timothy 6:6-10, Matthew 6:24)
09.16 “Plan Well” (Proverbs 6:6-8, 13:6, 21:20)
09.23 “Live Within Your Means” (Romans 13:8, Proverbs 22:7, Psalm 37:21)
09.30 “Give Generously” (1 Timothy 6:17-19)

God and Money (sermon series)

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October: Finding Light in the Darkness (hope in the face of despair)
10.07 “The Greatest Light” (Genesis 3, John 1)
10.14 “The Light of Hope: Battling Depression and Fatigue” (1 Kings 19)
10.21 “The Light of Peace: Battling Anxiety” (Matthew 6:25-34)
10.28 “Shining the Light: Supporting Others in Their Dark Times” (Romans 12:9-15)

finding light in the darkness (sermon series)

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November – December: The Life of… (biblical character studies)
11.04 “The Life of Mary”
11.11 “The Life of David”
11.18 “The Life of Hannah”
11.25 “The Life of Daniel”
12.02 “The Life of Tabitha”
12.09 “The Life of Barnabas”

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Sunday 06.04.17 (wealth and the glory of God)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12 on the topic of wealth and the glory of God. Then on Sunday night we’ll continue our study on God’s attributes by considering God’s sovereignty. We hope to see you there!

If you’ve missed a Sunday in our Ecclesiastes series, you can catch up on the four most recent sermons on our sermon page.

Sunday Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Attributes of God study in the church library

Sermon Notes
Wealth and the Glory of God ~ Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12

  • Seek the good of those under your influence (5:8-9)
    • God wants us to love others the way that he loves us through Christ–including what we do with our wealth and resources
  • Be satisfied with what God provides (5:10-12)
    • A love for God and thankfulness for his provisions, centered on Jesus, leads to satisfaction
  • Make wise investments (5:13-17)
    • We make wise earthly investments caring for future generations, and wise heavenly investments showing others the love of God through Christ
  • Enjoy the fruits of your labor (5:18-6:6)
    • Set your hope on God, seek to do abundant good to others, be generous, and enjoy the rest
  • Trust God with the future and don’t be consumed with worry (6:7-12)
    • Whether we’re rich or poor, wise or foolish, we cannot control the future, but we have a God who does for his glory and our good

Sunday 07.31.16 (learning contentment)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at what Paul taught about wealth and riches in 1 Timothy 6. It’s when we find contentment with what we have in Christ that we are then able to use our wealth wisely. Then on Sunday night, we are back to our normal weekly schedule and will continue our I Will study. Hope to see you there!

@945 Small Group / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm I Will study in church library–Chapter 4, “I Will Serve”

Sermon Notes
Learning Contentment ~ 1 Timothy 6:6-19

  • Learn to be content, and not jealous or greedy, by pursuing God and godly character (6:6-16)
    • True gain comes through godliness with contentment
    • Contentment realizes that everything good we have is all because of the grace of God in Jesus
    • If we make money our great pursuit, then it will lead to our ruin
  • Learn to enjoy what you have while also being generous to others (6:17-19)
    • Wealth can be useful but is always temporary, so our hope must be in Someone more sure
    • God gives wealth for two purposes: to enjoy and to share, in proper balance

When Money Sprouts Wings (a meditation)

Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle. ~ Proverbs 23:4-5

We all know the feeling: you work hard and put in long hours to earn that latest paycheck. You have plans you want to make, but first you have to take care of some bills, then you have to buy food, then you need gas for the car, then you child comes home sick and you have to take her to the doctor, then your car breaks down, then…then…then…

And suddenly that money is gone.

We save what we can but wonder if the interest rate is really worth it. We invest in stocks, one day its up and the next day its way down. The market is fickle and the cash in our wallets or bank accounts is fleeting. Then we wake up the next morning, go back to work and start the cycle again.

True, life does occasionally give us a break from this cycle. Sometimes this happens for certain people more than others it seems. Then come the occasions where we stretch that last dollar as thin as we can just to make ends meet until the next pay day.

This is why the Bible again and again warns us not to put our hope in money. The proverb above tells us how we should prioritize wealth: don’t make it an end, don’t let it become an idol.

Yes, we need money to survive—it’s the normal means through which God provides for food, clothes, and shelter, the basics of life. If we have more than we need and are able to save or able to buy that something special, then great. If not, then don’t work yourself to the bone trying to make more.

After all, money sprouts wings yet there are things that are more eternally significant.

This is why Jesus said, “Don’t lay up for yourselves treasure on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:19-20). Later (in Matthew 22), Jesus said the two greatest commandments are to love God and love others. So what, then, is the eternal investment? Relationships.

Of all the temporary things we invest our lives in, God is the great Eternal One—the one who was, who is, and who is to come. Though we come into being at a point in time, unlike God we have a beginning, God has made us to never have an end. Death isn’t the end but a transition either in Christ to heaven and the coming new earth, or without Christ to hell. Either way we will always be.

We must learn to balance the time we devote to gaining wealth, realizing that it is fleeting and unstable. And in doing so, we must prioritize relationships. If your pursuit of money gets in the way of time with God, with church, with family, and with friends, and it gets in the way of being able to invest the gospel in those without Jesus, then you need to consider: Is this worth it? Weighed in the balance of eternity, the answer will be no. So change what you need to change, remembering that money will spout wings but our existence will be forever.

This post is part of our ongoing journey through the Bible as a church.

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Ask Not How This Benefits You (a meditation on true wealth among God’s people)

James minced no words. In the second chapter of his short letter he cut straight to the heart of the way we treat others. The temptation is to look at potential relationships in terms of benefit as opposed to personhood. Rather than considering the heart as God considers (1 Samuel 16:7) we look at the exterior. In James’ example between rich and poor, the temptation is to incline ourselves towards the rich because on the surface they seem to have more to offer.

So James gave the order: stop showing partiality.

If a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? ~ James 2:2-4 (ESV)

As followers of Jesus we are to be like our Savior-King. He’s the one who made himself weak, got his hands dirty, and suffered death in order to serve the spiritually poor and needy trapped in rebellion. As creator and therefore owner of everything, you don’t get any richer than God. Yet Jesus set aside his richness in order to become poor for our sake. Instead of looking at us and asking what he could gain from us (which is truly nothing as we have nothing to offer), Jesus concerned himself about how he could provide gain for us.

Instead of being people who rub elbows with the rich and powerful in order to benefit, we are to see the value of the person as a person. All people are created in the image of God, so all are therefore worthy of honor and respect from us (1 Peter 2:17). Some people operate under the mantra, “If you want me to respect you then you have to respect me.” Followers of Jesus are to say, “I will honor and respect you simply because you are a fellow human being regardless of if you respect or act respectably.”

A step beyond this, we are to understand that the poorest follower of Jesus is spiritually rich because they belong to the King. James wrote, “My dear brothers and sisters, listen: God has picked the poor of this world to become unfathomably rich in faith and ultimately to inherit the Kingdom” (2:5, the Voice).

Though in our sin we are helpless rebels who have spurned the goodness of God, in his grace we become sons and daughters of the King who will inherit the world with Jesus. If the poorest person on earth has Jesus, then he or she is far richer than all the wealth of the world combined. If the richest person on earth is without Jesus, then he or she has no lasting treasure and will lose everything when they die.

Sometimes the temptation of a church is to look at the bottom line. How much money do we need to pay salaries and bills, to support mission projects, to have fellowship meals, etc.? Staring at the bottom line makes us yearn for more money to do the things we want to do. Longing for this money makes us favor the rich who can give it.

Yet the eternally rich poor person has more to offer for the sake of the gospel and the spiritual health of a church. We don’t need the fanciest buildings, the newest carpet, or the softest chairs and pews. We do need people who understand that Jesus is everything and without him we are eternally lost.

So instead of looking at people for what they have to offer us materially, we should see them for who they are spiritually. Better a poor widow who can only offer two pennies but loves Jesus than a rich businessman who can shell out hundreds without blinking but rejects the gospel.

This post is part of our ongoing journey through the Bible as a church.