Financial Principles that lead to Joy, Generosity, and Impact
August 15th, 2021
37 mins 2 secs
About this Episode
Proverbs 3:1-10 NIV
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. 3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. 9 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Financial Principle #1
Clarify Who You Are and the Value of Things
Proverbs 3:5 NIV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
Proverbs 3:9. 10 NIV
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
Proverbs 22:1-2 NIV
A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. 2 Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all.
Proverbs 9:10 NIV
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 11:4 NIV
Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
Deuteronomy 14:22, 23 NIV
Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year.23 Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always.
Malachi 3:6-12 NIV
“I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’ 8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the store house, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.
Psalm 24:1 NIV
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
Matthew 6:24 NIV
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
A Tool to Help: The Tithe Challenge https://www.gfhope.org/giving
Michael Jr. – comedy clip on giving from LifeChurch.com
Bit starts approx. 17:46 (the whole message is good and funny)
9 Reasons Why We Give a Tithe and More… Pastor Paul and Bonnie Knight
Financial Principle #2
Set a Step by Step, Bit by Bit Financial Pace.
Proverbs 13:11 ESV
Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
Proverbs 10:4 NIV
Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.
Proverbs 12:11 NIV
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.
Proverbs 21:5, 6 NIV
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
Proverbs 23:4 NIV
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.
Luke 16:10-13 NIV
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? 13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Discipline of a plan:
10 / 10 / 80
A Tool to Help: Financial Peace University – Fall at HOPE Church
Book: Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Ramsey’s Baby Steps – See bonus content below or follow link:
Financial Principle #3
There is Power in “Not Yet and No.”
Proverbs 20:21 NIV
The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.
Proverbs 28:25 NIV
The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.
Proverbs 22:7 NIV
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is a slave to the lender.
Psalm 37:21 NIV
The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously;
Financial Principle #4
Experience the Joy of Being Gloriously Generous
Proverbs 11: 24, 25
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. 25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
Proverbs 13:22 NIV
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
Proverbs 19:17 NIV
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.
Proverbs 21:13 NIV
Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NIV
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS, THOUGHTS and THINGS TO PONDER
For your personal discipleship, discussion with family, your LIFE HACK Group, or a watch party
Quick Review Ask yourself: Was there a particular point or passage of Scripture that challenged, confused, or caught your attention? What stood out to you in the message?
Financial Principle #1 -- Clarify Who You Are and the Value of Things
Do you think of yourself under the Lordship of Jesus Christ? Do you see your possessions and money as belonging to God? How does your view of who you are and the value of things affect your daily life?
Financial Principle #2 -- Set a Step by Step, Bit by Bit Financial Pace.
Do you have a financial plan for the management of money? Does your plan fit with worldly wisdom or Godly wisdom? Are there areas where you struggle regarding Godly financial wisdom? Are there areas where you experience joy and victory in managing finances?
Financial Principle #3 -- There is Power in “Not Yet and No.”
How do you personally handle delayed gratification? Where have you been victorious in waiting and been blessed?
Financial Principle #4 -- Experience the Joy of Being Gloriously Generous
1 Corinthians 9:7 states that God loves a cheerful giver. Do you consider yourself cheerful in your giving? If you are not a cheerful giver, what would help you get to that point? Are you generous?
9 Reasons Why We Give a Tithe and More…
Pastor Paul and Bonnie
- We believe what the bible teaches about tithing and giving.
- We love the Church and want to support it.
- We agree that tithing and generous giving is a principle of financial freedom.
- We want to model tithing and generous giving, primarily to our family.
- We need to combat our own personal greed and consumerism.
- We trust and love God.
- We want to acknowledge His provision and protection of us.
- To remind us that we are not home, we are aliens and strangers here.
- Because we like it, it is fun. Dave Ramsey 7 Baby Steps
Baby Step 1
Save $1,000 for your starter emergency fund.
Baby Step 2
Pay off all debt (except the house) using the debt snowball.
Baby Step 3
Save 3–6 months of expenses in a fully funded emergency fund.
Baby Step 4
Invest 15% of your household income in retirement.
Baby Step 5
Save for your children’s college fund.
Baby Step 6
Pay off your home early.
Baby Step 7
Build wealth and give.