Mind Your Own Business: A New Teaching Series Starting May 1
April 29, 2016
The ultimate goal of the Christian life is to be like Jesus. That’s why the mission of Bridgeway is changing lives through the gospel of Jesus Christ. We want to shape and be shaped by the good news of Jesus so that our lives continually look more like Christ’s life. In the Great Commission in Matt 28, Jesus instructs his disciples to “teach people to obey everything that I have commanded you.” So much of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus has to do with obeying his teachings. BUT. What if we are disregarding one of the most prominent teachings of Jesus?
Besides the kingdom of God, Jesus talks more about money than any other topic. About 30% of the parables deal with money. One in seven verses in the Gospel of Luke talks about money. That means that Jesus talked more about money than heaven and hell combined!
Jesus had a lot to say about money. But why?
A good starting point to answer this question is Matt 6:21: "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." More than anything, God wants your heart. He wants your affection; he wants your love. As humans, we always show our true affections by how we spend our money. We buy into that lie that money and things will make us happy. But anecdotal evidence and actual social scientific research shows that money doesn't make you happy. So rather than storing up treasures on earth that will ultimately go to the garbage heap, Jesus says to, “store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matt 6:20). The person committed to storing treasures in heaven will be filled with a much greater, lasting joy; a joy that will never end. As we begin our new series, Mind Your Own Business this week, allow God to prepare your heart by asking yourself these three questions:
- Does how you spend your money show that you love God?
- Does it show that you value the things that God values?
- If its true that where your treasure is there your heart will be also, then where is your treasure?
Consider some of these next steps to help you dig a little deeper into the subject of what God has to say about money.
- During the month of May, read through the book of Luke. Since Jesus teaches so much about money, spend some time reading what Jesus actually had to say; if anyone is an authority on the subject, it’s him!
- Consider purchasing the book, The Treasure Principle, by Randy Alcorn. It's a great read in regards to money, possessions and eternity.
- Figure out exactly what you spend your money on, and make a plan to start putting your treasure where you want your heart to be. Download these worksheets, designed by Dave Ramsey, to help you. --> 1) Budget Plan & Worksheet, 2) Recognizing & Dealing With Debt, 3) Finacial Planning & Investing
- Make plans to be at Bridgeway for the next three Sundays for our new series, Mind Your Own Buisness, to learn how we can apply the principles that Jesus taught to our everyday lives.