Gaining Momentum in Finances

 

What’s the best piece of financial advice you’ve ever received from someone?

What’s the most challenging thing about managing finances to you? Where does it hurt most?

 

On Sunday, Jon said money, first, is a heart thing.

Read Matthew 6:19-21.

The thief doesn’t destroy our life by destroying our stuff…the thief destroys our life by allowing our stuff to destroy us!

What would it look like to put your treasure where you want your heart to go?

 

Money is not only a heart thing but a freedom thing.

Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

What do you think Jon meant on Sunday when he said, We don’t give to a church. We give because we are the church”?

Consider again the analogy of the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. Two bodies of water that receive water from the same river, yet one is fully alive and one is dead. What’s the difference? The Sea of Galilee has an outflow that sends water back out just as soon as it’s received. We can be channels through which blessing flows, or we can stagnantly hold on to money and become hardened in the process.

In what ways does this strike you as true?  Do you think it’s true that those who give most freely, live most freely?

 

Jon gave a few practical ways we can begin to learn to become generous:

Make a plan

Our plan: LIVE --> SAVE --> GIVE = WORRY

God’s Plan: GIVE --> SAVE --> LIVE = PEACE

 

Generous people give from a grateful heart, and from a broken heart:

What are you grateful for?

What breaks your heart?

 

3 P’s to Giving Generously

1) Choose a Percentage (give according to your income)

2) Make it a Priority: (give the first of your income, not what’s left over)

3) It can be Progressive: (it’s ok to start small, it can grow as you grow, but stay consistent)

 

What are some tangible ways you intend to become more generous in the coming year? (Learn from one another in this. We can all gain new insights in becoming more generous people)

We’ll never discover the freedom in giving generously until we are convinced that God will take care of us tomorrow, just as he has taken care of us in the past, and is now taking care of us in the present.

Those who give most freely, live most freely!

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