CFC Singles for Christ June 20, 2012 Jhonsen D. Sales
Everything belongs to God.We are merely stewards of what belongs to God.It is God who enables us to acquire wealth.
Everything belongs to God Psalm 24:1 "The Lords are the earth and its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it“ Haggai 2:8 "Mine is the silver and mine the gold, says the Lord of hosts” God created everything.God is the owner of everything without exception.
Stewards of what belongs to God We are stewards (or managers) and not masters over the things God has entrusted to us. We are to manage what has been entrusted to us wisely, unselfishly and in accordance with Gods plan.
God who enables us to acquire wealth Proverbs 10:22 "It is the Lords blessing that brings wealth, and no effort can substitute for it". Ecclesiastes 5:18 "Any man to whom God gives riches and property, and grants power to partake of them, so that he receives his lot and finds joy in the fruits of his toil, has a gift from God"Without Gods blessings, we would not have the good things we have.
God who enables us to acquire wealth 1 Corinthians 4:7 "Name something you have that you have not received. If then, you have received it, why are you boasting as if it were your own?“ Sirach 11:14 "Poverty and riches are from the Lord“ Sirach 11:21 "It is easy with the Lord suddenly, in an instant, to make a poor man rich"
God who enables us to acquire wealth Proverbs 3:9 "Honor the Lord with your wealth.“ Though God allows us to enjoy our possessions, these are not exclusively for our benefit. We need to see how we can use our possessions to serve God and to do His work on earth. We should use our finances (wealth and possessions) to glorify God and participate in the spread of His Kingdom.
What is TITHING?The tithe consists of ten percent (10%) of anindividuals income after taxes from whatever source,i.e., wages, rents, investments, business, etc. TITHINGThe tithe is given to the immediate body of Christ ofwhich one is a part, and where one draws support forones Christian life. Ex. SFC, ParishGood News: It is given to support the work of the Lord.
WHY we do TITHING?We rob God if we dont tithe. Simply because themoney is His in the first place and Hes just asking usto turn over 10% of it. TITHINGWe tithe so that there may be "food in Godshouse.“Food is life-giving, which gives life to many."open the floodgates": God can never be outdonein generosity.Good News: It is given to support the work of the Lord.
Scripture Readings about TITHINGS Scriptures Genesis 14:20 Proverbs 3:9 Leviticus 27:30 Matthew 23:23 Numbers 18:26-29 Luke 18:12 Deuteronomy 14:22-27 Hebrews 7:4-9Good News: Read, meditate and reflect!
Tithing as LifestyleTithing is not part of our covenant in SFC.But it is certainly an essential part of our lifeas a growing Christian.Evangelization AdministrationSupport for missionaries Donations (needy members)Formation of members Purchase of assets as neededCommunity activities International mission The only source of income of CFC Singles for Christ is from contributions, basically from its members.
Gods work needs money, God Himself does not!PERSPECTIVE The practical need for money is just His wayof giving us the privilege of being Hisco-workers in Kingdom-building. Focus not so much on the 10%, but on the 90% we keep for ourselves!
What if I do not have enough?The Widow’s Offering 21 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting theirgifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poorwidow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly Itell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in morethan all the others. 4 All these people gave their giftsout of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in allshe had to live on.” - Luke 21:1-4Note: It’s about what’s left when you give.
Roadmap to Financial StabilityGod desires our abundance.We sometimes do not realize that we are blessedbecause we measure abundance differently.Trust God for Provisions.God asks us not to worry about the material, rather toconcentrate on seeking His kingdom, then all else willfollow. (Luke 12:22-34)Do our part.First is to increase our source of income.Second, is to decrease our expenses.
F4 – Financial DEBTSMortgageCredit CardsCar LoansLoans, etc. Golden Rule: Live simply.
F5 – Financial GROWPaper AssetsStocksDividendsBondsMutual FundIncome continuanceBusinessReal Estate Golden Rule: Let money works for you.
FINANCIAL FORMULA Income – Tithes – Savings = Expenses 100% 10% 20% 70% 1st 2nd 3rdAction Item:List all your monthly expenses.Add all then subtract to your monthly income.Check your cash-flow! It must be POSITIVE!
Responding to the Invitation:RESPONSE Are you ready to take seriously this life’s journey not just the Financial Stewardship but as your whole life towards CHRIST, of knowing Christ more and growing in an intimate relationship with Him?If your answer is YES, the journey begins!!!
Reflection:1. Did I LIVE ?2. Did I LOVE?3. Did I MATTER?The WAY you PRAY. The WAY you LIVE.
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Thank you!PraiseGOD!Love from Jesus, fill us!Holy Spirit, guide us!God the Father,your will be done! AMEN