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How to get Rich

February 3rd, 2012

Most of us spend our entire lives trying to get rich. We work and scheme and worry in pursuit of this ever-elusive goal. And yet while we accumulate more and more stuff (and the worries that come with it), we never feel rich.

But what if we’ve already achieved that goal, and we don’t even realise it? What if the thing we’re chasing is already in our hands? And yet we never stop to consider how to be rich. Enticed by our culture, we focus so much on achieving an ever-increasing standard of living that we never realise when, in fact, we become rich.

So, this Sunday we’re going to be launching a four part series exploring a passage of Scripture written specifically to the rich, in order to help us learn how to be rich. In part one of the series, we’ll discuss the seemingly preposterous question: “What if you are, in fact, already rich?” Because the reality is that if you have a place to live, food in the cupboards and clothes to wear, then by the world’s standards you are rich.

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Treasure

October 21st, 2011

Some of you may have heard people claim that money is the root of all evil. It’s not. It’s also the root of all kinds of good things. So it’s not altogether bad. You can do good or bad things with your money. You could put it to good use and provide for single mums and widows and those in need; or you could use it badly and blow it all at the casino. It’s just an opportunity. And you can use it well or badly. So money isn’t evil. But the love of money, which leads to greed, is the root of all kinds of evil, just like Scripture says.

That’s perhaps why Scripture has a whole lot to say about money, wealth and possessions. It speaks of money on more than 800 occasions. And roughly 25 percent of the recorded teaching of Jesus was about what we do with our money.

One very illuminating passage of teaching from Jesus is found in Matthew chapter 6, where he says that you can’t serve both God and money. Now, for some of us, money is our functional god. It’s more important than the real God. You need to choose: Is Jesus my God; or is it money, possessions and wealth?

Jesus goes on to say that your treasure follows your heart; meaning if you want to see what you really love, value and esteem – then just look at where you spend your money. For example, I’m a dad. I can’t say to my kids, “I love you. I just don’t provide food.” They’d say, “No, you don’t love us because your money follows your heart.”

As we’ve been working through the Old Testament book of Nehemiah this term, we’ve seen how the people of God rose to the challenge facing them and were making phenomenal progress. However, as we’ll see this Sunday, the whole work was threatened by disputes among the people over money. The hearts of some were more devoted to money than God and people. And the consequences were potentially devastating. However, Nehemiah’s wise leadership pointed the way forward for them… and for us today.

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Enjoy Life More… on Less:

February 1st, 2010

I’ve been encouraging us recently to recognise that the decisions we make on a day to day basis determine where we end up in life. In the current economic climate this is of particular relevance to the decisions we make with our money. A recent study revealed that the typical person in the UK buys £1,300 on credit for every £1,000 they earn. Obviously, this causes massive stress. To quote Rick Warren (author of “The Purpose Driven Life”), “When your output exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall!”

What motivates us to live beyond our means? Why do we spend ourselves into debt? Why are we rarely satisfied with what we have? There are three main myths that drive us into debt:

Myth 1: Having more things will make me more happy (see Ecclesiastes 5:11).

Myth 2: Having more things will make me more important (see Luke 12:15).

Myth 3: Having more things will make me more secure (see Proverbs 18:11).

When we buy into these myths we always overspend. Here’s how to enjoy life more… on less:

1) Find my happiness in helping others. Jesus said, “It’s more blessed to give than receive” (Acts 20:35).

2) Find my self-worth by getting to know God. We matter to God. He made us for a purpose (Ephesians 1:11). Genuine self-esteem comes from establishing a relationship with God and becoming all he meant for us to be.

3) Find my security in trusting God, not my bank balance. Real security must be found in something that can never be taken from us (Hebrews 13:5). While there are many ways to lose possessions, God promises he will take care of us if we trust him.

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Freely You’ve Received

May 1st, 2009

At a significant point in their time together Jesus taught his disciples a very important lesson. He’s just told them that he’s going to send them out on their first mission. In his pep talk, he tells them that their lifestyle should be characterised by generosity : “Freely you’ve received, freely give” (Matt. 10:8). When we consider the subject of giving, our minds probably immediately turn to thoughts of money. However, Jesus wasn’t primarily talking about money here. Giving involves much more than cash. It means living our life for the benefit of others. We’ll give love, time, forgiveness, prayer, effort and, yes, we’ll also give money.

Now when it comes to financial giving, very few of us are in the happy position where we can spend or give without any thought about whether we can afford it! So, if we confine our giving to what we can afford, the chances are that we won’t give very much at all. But the Bible offers a very different prospect. Our giving isn’t to be governed by what we can afford; rather, it’s to be shaped by what God wants us to do (Luke 6:38; 2 Cor. 9:6-11).

I’ve been blown away by the generosity of the church here over the last 12 months. Thank you so much for your faith-filled giving! As many of us are tightening our belts in the light of the current economic climate I want to encourage you to keep obeying God, trusting him to continue to supply all we need so we can continue to be generous!

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