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The Gospel and Money

     Tom Nelson
     Matt Perman
Matt Perman

Blog: www.whatsbestnext.com
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Email: matt.perman@gmail.com
Introduction
The gospel frees us from the temptation to think
            simplistically about money.
The gospel frees us from the temptation to think
            simplistically about money.



        Why does this matter?
We are here to serve.

Our goal in life should be to make life better for
            others to the glory of God.
Matthew 20:28

 …even as the Son of man did not come to be
 served, but to serve, and to give his life a
 ransom for many.
Matthew 5:16

 Let your light so shine before others that they
 see your good works and give glory to your
 Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

  Let your light so shine before others that they
  see your good works and give glory to your
  Father in heaven.

Serve others Glorify God In this is our joy
Good intentions are not enough.
   Serving requires wisdom.
Good intentions are not enough.
      Serving requires wisdom.

We do some simplistic things with money that
 seem spiritual but actually get in the way of
 helping people. We often settle for “stage
 one” thinking on money, to the detriment of
 the world – and therefore to the detriment of
 God’s glory.
Money is not the only area where we
               do this
Three Questions
1. How do we understand prosperity in light of
   the biblical texts that seem to be against
   money?
2. Is maximizing our financial giving always the
   best way to serve others?
3. Can we glorifying God in spending money as
   well as in giving money?
One Exhortation
  We need to be creative, competent, and
audacious in our endeavors to serve the global
                    poor.
Prosperity

How do we understand prosperity in light of the
  biblical texts that seem to be against money?
Human Prosperity is Good
Human Prosperity is Good
Human Prosperity is Good
Human Prosperity is Good
Human prosperity is good
• The Garden of Eden
• The new heavens and new earth
• The OT feasts
• Jesus came “eating and drinking” (Matthew
  11:19)
• Paul: God “richly furnishes with all things to
  enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17)
But many passages seem to take a
     wealth-negative view
But many passages seem to take a
         wealth-negative view
Luke 18:21-25
Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor,
  and you will have treasure in heaven…. How
  difficult it is for those who have wealth to
  enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a
  camel to go through the eye of a needle than
  for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.
But many passages seem to take a
         wealth-negative view
1 Timothy 6:5-10
  …But if we have food and clothing, with these
  we will be content. But those who desire to be
  rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into
  many senseless and harmful desires that
  plunge people into ruin and destruction. For
  the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.
How do these fit together?
How do these fit together?
My solution: We were created – and
redeemed – to enjoy prosperity in all forms,
including material prosperity. Therefore, we
are free to enjoy it without guilt.

However, material prosperity is priority B. We
enjoy it without absolutizing it.
Therefore…
• Enjoy what you have
• Receive it with thanksgiving
But do not love money
But do not love money
  This is what the texts are getting at. This
  becomes clear when we look at some more:

Matthew 6:33
 But seek first his kingdom and his
 righteousness, and all these things will be
 added to you.
But do not love money
1 Timothy 3:3
… not a lover of money

2 Timothy 4:10
… in love with this present world

2 Timothy 3:2
… lovers of self, lovers of money … not loving good
But do not love money
“Riches are evil on the conditions that people
make them absolute ends of life, and especially
when they become an altar on which to sacrifice
to the poor. When that happens, it is better to
remain poor than rich, for when people are rich
in that evil manner, God will inevitably destroy
them (5:1-7). And it is better to be patient and to
endure like the prophets (5:10) and like Job
(5:11). But none of this implies that James denies
the possibility and goodness of riches in a context
of faith and righteous action.” (Schneider,The
Good of Affluence, 206)
This makes money more meaningful –
          in the right way


  CS Lewis: “You can’t get second things by
 putting them first; you can get second things
        only by putting first things first.
Our desires are not too strong; they
           are too weak
Our desires are not too strong; they
             are too weak
1 Timothy 6:17-19
  As for the rich in this present age, charge them
  not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the
  uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly
  supplies us with all things to enjoy. They are to do
  good, to be rich in good works, to be generous
  and ready to share, thus storing up for
  themselves the treasure of a good foundation for
  the future, that they may take hold of that which
  is life indeed.
Jesus is not against investment; he is
       against bad investment
“Jesus is not against investment. He is against
bad investment – namely, setting your heart
on the comforts and securities that money can
afford in this world. Money is to be invested
for eternal yields in heaven – “lay up for
yourselves treasures in heaven!” (John
Piper, Desiring God)
Application
In this world, we will often sacrifice material
goods – and even welfare. This is glorious. But
we do this not because material goods are bad
or because it is wrong to have “too much,” but
because there are endeavors of higher
importance – chief among them becoming like
Christ, advancing the work of the Great
Commission, and working for the relief of the
poor globally.
Application
Application
“Oh, that young and old would turn off the television, take
a long walk, and dream about feats of courage for a cause
ten thousand times more important than American
democracy—as precious as that is. If we would dream and
if we would pray, would not God answer? Would he
withhold from us a life of joyful love and mercy and
sacrifice that magnifies Christ and makes people glad in
God? I plead with you, as I pray for myself, set your face like
flint to join Jesus on the Calvary road. ‘Let us go to him
outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For
here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to
come’ (Hebrews 13:13-14). When they see our sacrificial
love—radiant with joy—will they not say, ‘Christ is great’?
(John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life)
By the way…

 Material prosperity will remain prosperity B in
                     heaven

The riches of heaven don’t mean that it will then
  be OK to start being lovers of money. We will
  never be lovers of money. We will use it right
    – and to feel about it as intended actually
           affirms it more than loving it.
Giving
Is maximizing our financial giving always the
          best way to serve others?
Our responsibility is to maximize the
        total good that we do.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
…They are to do good, to be rich in good
  works, to be generous and ready to share

Jesus’ example: more than money

We all have multiple callings
The trade-off
Three Examples
• The project management trade-off
• Overcapacity and the ringing effect: To get
  more done, do less
• Economics: Developing nations sacrifice time
  for tangible goods; developed nations sacrifice
  tangible goods for time.
Time is the new scarcity.
Therefore, sometimes we will need to give less
      in order to do more good overall.
Spend money to make the doing of
    good easier and more likely

Money is a tool. Don’t be afraid to spend it in
              order to do good.

Systems trump intentions. Set up systems that
 will support your intentions of doing good and
   being organized to do good. This may cost
                     money.
If you didn’t believe that, you couldn’t exist.
Do not be penny wise and pound
            foolish!
Spending
Can we glorify God in spending money as well as
                in giving money?
My main problem with Alcorn
Alcorn does not seem to affirm clearly how we
   can serve God in our spending as well as in
                   our giving
Don’t have the hot potato view of
               money

Wesley: “Money never stays with me. It would
 burn me if it did. I throw it out of my hands as
  soon as possible, lest it should find its way
                  into my heart.”
Monetary transactions are good in
           themselves
  “Commercial transactions are in themselves good
  because through them we do good to other people.
   This is because of the amazing truth that, in most
 cases, voluntary commercial transactions benefit both
                        parties.”

“We can imitate God’s attributes each time we buy and
     sell, if we practice honesty, faithfulness to our
    commitments, fairness, and freedom of choice.”

 Wayne Grudem, Business to the Glory of God, 36-37
In spending our money, we create
             culture
Application
See all your spending as manifestations of your
  calling to create culture in all areas.

Don’t let us down!
If you only think of giving money away as the
 way to serve people, you will serve them less
   than you ought. You will be outsourcing the
  creation of culture and not making your own
             distinctive contribution.
Global Poverty
  We need to be creative,competent, and
audacious in our endeavors to serve the poor.
The world is outdoing us in their
        concern for the poor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkbfF25sUZI
Competence, first, means
          understanding economics
quot;I believe the only long-term solution to world poverty is
   business. That is because businesses produce goods, and
   businesses produce jobs. And businesses continue
   producing goods year after year, and continue providing
   jobs and paying wages year after year. Therefore if we are
   ever going to see long-term solutions to world poverty, I
   believe it will come through starting and maintaining
   productive, profitable businessesquot; (pp. 80-81).

  If this is true, then why is it that the evangelical church
  almost never talks about a biblical approach to
  economics, except with regard to personal finances?
Creativity means:


Pioneering new models and working against the
           policies that create poverty
Three Examples
• Kiva
• Global Giving
• Think of your giving as an investment portfolio

  It is a Good Thing for Non-Profits to Raise
  Money:
  http://www.whatsbestnext.com/2008/10/it-
  is-a-good-thing-for-non-profits-to-raise-
  money/
Resources
Schneider: The Good of Affluence
Grudem: Business to the Glory of God
Gilder: Wealth and Poverty
D’Souza: The Virtue of Prosperity
Blomberg: Neither Poverty Nor Riches
Crouch: Culture Making

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The Gospel And Money

  • 1. The Gospel and Money Tom Nelson Matt Perman
  • 2. Matt Perman Blog: www.whatsbestnext.com Facebook: Matt Perman Twitter: mattperman Email: matt.perman@gmail.com
  • 4. The gospel frees us from the temptation to think simplistically about money.
  • 5. The gospel frees us from the temptation to think simplistically about money. Why does this matter?
  • 6. We are here to serve. Our goal in life should be to make life better for others to the glory of God.
  • 7. Matthew 20:28 …even as the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.
  • 8. Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before others that they see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
  • 9. Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before others that they see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Serve others Glorify God In this is our joy
  • 10. Good intentions are not enough. Serving requires wisdom.
  • 11. Good intentions are not enough. Serving requires wisdom. We do some simplistic things with money that seem spiritual but actually get in the way of helping people. We often settle for “stage one” thinking on money, to the detriment of the world – and therefore to the detriment of God’s glory.
  • 12. Money is not the only area where we do this
  • 13. Three Questions 1. How do we understand prosperity in light of the biblical texts that seem to be against money? 2. Is maximizing our financial giving always the best way to serve others? 3. Can we glorifying God in spending money as well as in giving money?
  • 14. One Exhortation We need to be creative, competent, and audacious in our endeavors to serve the global poor.
  • 15. Prosperity How do we understand prosperity in light of the biblical texts that seem to be against money?
  • 20. Human prosperity is good • The Garden of Eden • The new heavens and new earth • The OT feasts • Jesus came “eating and drinking” (Matthew 11:19) • Paul: God “richly furnishes with all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17)
  • 21. But many passages seem to take a wealth-negative view
  • 22. But many passages seem to take a wealth-negative view Luke 18:21-25 Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven…. How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.
  • 23. But many passages seem to take a wealth-negative view 1 Timothy 6:5-10 …But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.
  • 24. How do these fit together?
  • 25. How do these fit together? My solution: We were created – and redeemed – to enjoy prosperity in all forms, including material prosperity. Therefore, we are free to enjoy it without guilt. However, material prosperity is priority B. We enjoy it without absolutizing it.
  • 26. Therefore… • Enjoy what you have • Receive it with thanksgiving
  • 27. But do not love money
  • 28. But do not love money This is what the texts are getting at. This becomes clear when we look at some more: Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
  • 29. But do not love money 1 Timothy 3:3 … not a lover of money 2 Timothy 4:10 … in love with this present world 2 Timothy 3:2 … lovers of self, lovers of money … not loving good
  • 30. But do not love money “Riches are evil on the conditions that people make them absolute ends of life, and especially when they become an altar on which to sacrifice to the poor. When that happens, it is better to remain poor than rich, for when people are rich in that evil manner, God will inevitably destroy them (5:1-7). And it is better to be patient and to endure like the prophets (5:10) and like Job (5:11). But none of this implies that James denies the possibility and goodness of riches in a context of faith and righteous action.” (Schneider,The Good of Affluence, 206)
  • 31. This makes money more meaningful – in the right way CS Lewis: “You can’t get second things by putting them first; you can get second things only by putting first things first.
  • 32. Our desires are not too strong; they are too weak
  • 33. Our desires are not too strong; they are too weak 1 Timothy 6:17-19 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
  • 34. Jesus is not against investment; he is against bad investment “Jesus is not against investment. He is against bad investment – namely, setting your heart on the comforts and securities that money can afford in this world. Money is to be invested for eternal yields in heaven – “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven!” (John Piper, Desiring God)
  • 35. Application In this world, we will often sacrifice material goods – and even welfare. This is glorious. But we do this not because material goods are bad or because it is wrong to have “too much,” but because there are endeavors of higher importance – chief among them becoming like Christ, advancing the work of the Great Commission, and working for the relief of the poor globally.
  • 37. Application “Oh, that young and old would turn off the television, take a long walk, and dream about feats of courage for a cause ten thousand times more important than American democracy—as precious as that is. If we would dream and if we would pray, would not God answer? Would he withhold from us a life of joyful love and mercy and sacrifice that magnifies Christ and makes people glad in God? I plead with you, as I pray for myself, set your face like flint to join Jesus on the Calvary road. ‘Let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come’ (Hebrews 13:13-14). When they see our sacrificial love—radiant with joy—will they not say, ‘Christ is great’? (John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life)
  • 38. By the way… Material prosperity will remain prosperity B in heaven The riches of heaven don’t mean that it will then be OK to start being lovers of money. We will never be lovers of money. We will use it right – and to feel about it as intended actually affirms it more than loving it.
  • 39. Giving Is maximizing our financial giving always the best way to serve others?
  • 40. Our responsibility is to maximize the total good that we do. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 …They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share Jesus’ example: more than money We all have multiple callings
  • 42. Three Examples • The project management trade-off • Overcapacity and the ringing effect: To get more done, do less • Economics: Developing nations sacrifice time for tangible goods; developed nations sacrifice tangible goods for time.
  • 43. Time is the new scarcity.
  • 44. Therefore, sometimes we will need to give less in order to do more good overall.
  • 45. Spend money to make the doing of good easier and more likely Money is a tool. Don’t be afraid to spend it in order to do good. Systems trump intentions. Set up systems that will support your intentions of doing good and being organized to do good. This may cost money.
  • 46. If you didn’t believe that, you couldn’t exist.
  • 47. Do not be penny wise and pound foolish!
  • 48. Spending Can we glorify God in spending money as well as in giving money?
  • 49. My main problem with Alcorn
  • 50. Alcorn does not seem to affirm clearly how we can serve God in our spending as well as in our giving
  • 51. Don’t have the hot potato view of money Wesley: “Money never stays with me. It would burn me if it did. I throw it out of my hands as soon as possible, lest it should find its way into my heart.”
  • 52. Monetary transactions are good in themselves “Commercial transactions are in themselves good because through them we do good to other people. This is because of the amazing truth that, in most cases, voluntary commercial transactions benefit both parties.” “We can imitate God’s attributes each time we buy and sell, if we practice honesty, faithfulness to our commitments, fairness, and freedom of choice.” Wayne Grudem, Business to the Glory of God, 36-37
  • 53. In spending our money, we create culture
  • 54. Application See all your spending as manifestations of your calling to create culture in all areas. Don’t let us down!
  • 55. If you only think of giving money away as the way to serve people, you will serve them less than you ought. You will be outsourcing the creation of culture and not making your own distinctive contribution.
  • 56. Global Poverty We need to be creative,competent, and audacious in our endeavors to serve the poor.
  • 57. The world is outdoing us in their concern for the poor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkbfF25sUZI
  • 58. Competence, first, means understanding economics quot;I believe the only long-term solution to world poverty is business. That is because businesses produce goods, and businesses produce jobs. And businesses continue producing goods year after year, and continue providing jobs and paying wages year after year. Therefore if we are ever going to see long-term solutions to world poverty, I believe it will come through starting and maintaining productive, profitable businessesquot; (pp. 80-81). If this is true, then why is it that the evangelical church almost never talks about a biblical approach to economics, except with regard to personal finances?
  • 59. Creativity means: Pioneering new models and working against the policies that create poverty
  • 60. Three Examples • Kiva • Global Giving • Think of your giving as an investment portfolio It is a Good Thing for Non-Profits to Raise Money: http://www.whatsbestnext.com/2008/10/it- is-a-good-thing-for-non-profits-to-raise- money/
  • 61. Resources Schneider: The Good of Affluence Grudem: Business to the Glory of God Gilder: Wealth and Poverty D’Souza: The Virtue of Prosperity Blomberg: Neither Poverty Nor Riches Crouch: Culture Making