Theme: Money Matters
Text: 1 Timothy 6:6-10
1. MONEY CAN BE A BLESSING OR A CURSE.
But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. – 1 Tim 6:9-10
Greed: a selfish and excessive desire for more of something.
It warps our desires.
It blinds us to the truth about ourselves.
Because it promises security but doesn’t give it.
More is never enough. Greed is addictive.
How do we avoid this trap of the desire for more?
A. Learn contentment from Jesus
Hebrews 13:5 “Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, because God has said ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”
B. Learn generosity from Jesus.
C.Put our hope where it belongs – in Jesus.
Practical ways to deal with your finances.
Tell Yourself the Truth.
Begin Heading in the right direction.
Break the hold of Money.
Learn to make do with what you have.
Live by a Budget.
Get Out of Debt.
Strive to live simply.
Emphasize Usefulness over Fashion.
Eat Out Less.
Simplify Birthdays and Holidays.
How does this discussion of contentment apply to your career, lifestyle, giving, and saving? In what areas of your life do you struggle to be content with God’s provision?