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These are crazy economic times. Businesses are losing money and the government is handing it out. Unemployment is up, stocks are unstable, and, yet, recently I passed by in an Apple store and it was jam-packed, wall-to-wall with people buying a new iPad!
You may not realize it, but your attitude toward money says a lot about your spiritual growth. Many people consider the Bible to be a book pertaining to spirituality, but not to such mundane matters as personal management of money. In fact, the scriptures have a lot to say about the topic of wealth and possessions. As one begins to study this topic in the Bible, they are amazed to discover that the New Testament contains nearly ten times as many verses regarding money and finances as it does salvation and faith.
The New Testament actually contains:
215 verses pertaining to faith
218 verses pertaining to salvation
2084 verses dealing with the stewardship of and accountability for money and finance
16 of Jesus’ 38 parables deal with money.
The question comes to mind, “Why?” Was Jesus all about getting people to hand over their money? No, of course not! Jesus was after something much more valuable… He was after people’s hearts. Jesus simply found that many people considered their money their greatest treasure. It’s simply a matter of the heart. Matthew 6:21closeMatthew 6:21 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (ESV) closeMatthew 6:21closeMatthew 6:21 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (ESV) 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (ESV) , “where your treasure is there shall your heart be also.”
Small Groups Resources
At First Christian Church, our desire is to live in the community, as well. We accomplish this through Small Groups. A Small Group is an intentional relational gathering on a regular basis with the common purpose of creating an environment for spiritual growth through Jesus Christ. It is an environment where people can connect in a deeper level than just our brief Sunday morning encounters. Check out the Small Group page for our resources.