Finances by the Bible (Part 3)

Righteousness and sin affect all aspects of our lives.  In this lessons we will look at these two oppose each other when it comes to finances.

Work versus Theft

  • Exodus 20:15 vs 2 Thessalonians 3:10
  • Ephesians 4:28 & Proverbs 13:11
  • increasing versus diminishing returns
  • Hard working men display a culture influenced by the scriptures
  • Proverbs 30:9 – Theft says God is not big enough to take care of the things He said He would take care of

Generosity versus Greed

  • Psalms 37:21 vs Proverbs 15:27

Giving is Godly versus those that suppose that Gain is Godly

  • 2 Corinthians 9:7 vs 1 Timothy 6:5
  • Only way money has eternal value is if it’s used for God’s purpose
  • Sometimes losing leads to godliness – Job

Stewardship of Money versus Love of Money

  • Luke 16:10-13 vs 1 Timothy 6:10
  • David said he can’t give God anything that God didn’t already give him
    • 1 Corinthians 4
    • Money is the servant here
  • Colossians 3:5
    • Making decision based on money is dangerous. Man leaves for a better job and removes he and his family out of the will of God.  Job opportunity shows up, but it means I wont be able to go to church on Sunday anymore.  Or job opportunity shows up in an area where there isn’t a good church.
    • Money is the master here
    • Ecclesiastes 5:10 – no satisfaction, no peace here

Increase Production versus Increase Borrowing

  • Genesis 26:12 vs Proverbs 27:26
  • Romans 13:8 – prune, purge, patience, but borrowing is going in the wrong direction
    • paying credit card debt with a credit card
  • Zimbabwe made the news earlier this year because they had $217 in the bank after paying its obligations in January of this year.  The US had a debt of $16.7 trillion. Which country is truly poorer?
  • Jefferson said it was high treason for a congress to borrow more than it could pay off in its time.