Your Treasure

Open It:

Ice Breaker:  What is the craziest thing you ever did with money?

Review It:

Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Matthew 6:19 (NLT)

Principles found in Scripture:
•    More isn’t more.
•    More is almost enough.

Solomon, who had a lot, says this about stuff: Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income - Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NIV)

A satisfied appetite always grows. (what you feed grows)

Don’t store up treasures here on earth, Matthew 6:19a (NLT)

Where else would I store them? There must be a different place.

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, 1 Timothy 6:17a (NIV)

Jesus told this story to his disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a manager handling his affairs. One day a report came that the manager was wasting his employer’s money. Luke 16:1, 2 (NLT)

So the employer called him in and said, ‘What’s this I hear about you? Get your report in order, because you are going to be fired.’ Luke 16:1, 2 (NLT)

“The rich man had to admire the dishonest rascal for being so shrewd. And it is true that the children of this world are more shrewd in dealing with the world around them than are the children of the light. Luke 16:8, 9 (NLT)

Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home. Luke 16:8, 9 (NLT)

Don’t see your resources disconnected from eternity, see them as connected.

Use what you have HERE to impact THERE.

How do we Practice It:

Make A Giving Plan - Our Plans Match Our Generosity.

Pre-decideYour Financial Plan
•    Saving plan
•    Spending plan
•    Giving plan

If you don’t have a plan, you save too little, spend too much, and give what is left over.

Why would we say you need this? Here is what we know...

70% that call Southeast home, do not pre-decide to give regularly or significantly.

We are building a community who are following Jesus and we start where you are! Financial piece is usually the last part to come along, but we are asking you to consider it today.

We are...
•    Plant more churches.
•    Feed the hungry.
•    Reach the unreached.
•    Build strong families.
•    Reach more students.
•    Counsel the hurting.

You might think the church doesn’t need your money. We need you!

Our plans match our generosity! What if the percentage of givers changed just a little bit???

Use what you have HERE to impact THERE.

Talk About It:

What is true about the statement that we are not easily satisfied we always want a little more?

Can you relate to this?

What did Jesus say not to do with what we have?  How do we do that?

Why is it important not to store up treasure on earth?

Explore It:

How do you feel when the talk is about your money? 

How does what you don’t do with your money effect yourself and others?

How many marriages are broken over what we do with our money?

I Tim 6:17a warns that if you have a lot you need to be really careful about two things.  What are they and why would God warn the rich about these things? 

How is our spiritual life, our life with God, connected to money?  

What are we supposed to learn from the children of the world and how they handle money from the parable in Luke 16: 1-2

Why does God care what you do with your money?

Apply It:

Are we willing to talk about and make pre-decisions about our money? 

We should use our worldly resources to help other. What if we don’t?

Is generosity a quality that you desire?

Jason McBride

Southeast Christian Church, 9650 Jordan Road, Parker, CO, 80134, United States