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The christian family and money

  2. INTRODUCTION 2 Cor 12:14 Look, for the third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you, because I do not want your possessions, but you. For children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.
  3. SOME BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES ON MONEY 1. Saving for Future Needs Is Biblical Some Christians don’t save for retirement because they believe it’s disobedient (usually quoting Matt. 6:19–20), or they feel guilty about putting money away when others are in such great need. Others believe it isn’t necessary because God will take care of them (Isa. 46:4). And some would like to save but spend everything they make (Prov. 13:18). You may be surprised to learn that saving is actually encouraged in the Bible. Scripture condones saving for known, anticipated needs in the future (Gen. 41; Prov. 6:6–11; Prov. 21:5; Prov. 21:20).
  4. 2. Saving Honors God and Serves Others It would be easy to think of saving as a purely selfish activity. That can indeed be the case—we need only read about the rich fool in Luke 12—but it doesn’t have to be. Saving honors God because it rightly values money as a gift that he has given to us (James 1:16–17). Instead of unplanned, impulsive, or foolish spending, wise saving demonstrates the importance of stewarding his gifts (Luke 12:47–48). Proper stewardship will put you in a better position to help with important needs as they arise (Eph. 4:28). You can respond more quickly and perhaps in a more significant way (Prov. 3:27). Saving may also allow you to leave an inheritance, blessing your heirs so they can then be a blessing to others (Prov. 13:22).
  5. 4. Debt Is Debilitating The Bible isn’t silent about debt. There obviously weren’t Visa cards or auto loans in Jesus’s time, but lending and borrowing were part of the economic landscape. The Bible doesn’t strictly prohibit debt, but it does characterize debt as a form of bondage (Prov. 22:7).
  6. 5. Wise Investing Is Right and Good Investing isn’t stock trading. It’s not about betting the farm on a hot tip from your brother-in-law. Such speculating amounts to gambling on future events, and most of the time you lose more than you gain (Prov. 28:19; 1 Tim. 6:10). Investing is actually commended if done wisely. It’s about putting money into real businesses that employ people and deliver products or services to customers. Hopefully, the companies we invest in do well and provide a return commensurate with our investment (Prov. 31:10–31; Eccl. 11:1– 6). Most of us would do well to invest in low-cost, passively managed, mutual and exchange-traded index funds (ETFs)
  7. MONEY MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES Principle 1: Grow Your Earnings Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people. Proverbs 22:29 (NLT) Principle 2: Spend Less than You Earn In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has. Proverbs 21:20 (NIV, 1984) Paraphrase: Wise people have plenty left over because they don’t spend all they make. On the other hand, fools spend all they get (and maybe even more). Once you have an income, you MUST spend less than that income to make financial progress.
  8. Principle 3: Invest to Make Your Money Grow Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow. Proverbs 13:11 (NIV) Once you’ve ramped up your savings, then it’s time to invest. Find a reasonable investment that fits your goals. Whatever your choice, put your money into it then sit back and watch it grow. The magic happens as compounding works. Your money increases over time, growing on itself over and over again. Eventually the money you’ve earned from your investments will be worth more than what you initially put in. This is why time is the best way to maximize your investment return. It multiplies what you’ve invested.
  9. Principle 4: Avoid Debt The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. Proverbs 22:7 (NET) And that’s about the best thing the Bible says about debt! In fact, the Bible discourages the use of debt EVERY TIME it mentions the subject. Only borrow for things that increase or hold their value, such as homes or college. Even then, borrow only what you really need. Do not borrow for depreciating assets like cars, furniture, and the like.
  10. Principle 5: Give Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. Ecclesiastes 11:1 (The Message) Be generous, and someday you will be rewarded. Ecclesiastes 11:1 (CEV) NEVER STOP GIVING ALL FORMS OF GIVING
  11. SO HE PROSPERED 2 Chronicles 31:20-21 20. Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the LORD his God. 21. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.
  12. VRS 21 What ever work Hezekiah did, he saw it as service in the house of God. What ever you are involved in in Church, you are not serving Pastor, you are not serving CCC, you are not serving man, you are serving God. It’s a service to God. Ushers, protocol, teachers, children teachers, group leaders, cleaners, service to God. He did with all his heart - 100% commitment. No complaints, no criticism, no murmurings, no insults, no gossip, WITH ALL YOUR HEART
  13. HOW HE DID IT – Vrs 20 1. He did what was good - Do a good work. 2. He did what was right - In line with God’s word 3. He did what was true - No falsehood, no lies, no fabrications, no gossips. GOOD, RIGHT AND TRUE BEFORE THE LORD YOUR GOD. Let God be your judge