Gift or God? • Central Campus
After reading Luke 18:18-30 and watching the sermon recap video, discuss your relationship with money. Do you tend to use it as a gift under your dominion, or as a god under whose dominion you fall?
Pastor Kurt mentioned that our use of money demonstrates exactly where we put our confidence. He said, "Belief in human resources in unbelief in God's resources." This plays out in two primary ways; hoarding money and hating money.
Some of us horde our money believing that God's pleasure with us is displayed by the amount of material possessions we can accumulate. This is known as the "prosperity gospel," but it reveals our tendency to desire God only for what he can do for us, not trusting Him as the True God.
Some of us hate our money in an over-reaction to being ruled by material possessions. This is known as the "poverty gospel" and its critical error is the belief that God is pleased with us only if we forsake material possessions.
The problem with both of these responses is the reliance we put on our financial status to determine our relationship with God instead of relying on the person and work of Jesus, who left the riches of heaven and laid down His life to offer forgiveness for our trust in material possessions and His taking up His life again to offer us power to overcome being ruled by these little gods.
Which response (hoarding or hating) describes you best?
Community Leaders - lease take the time to read this to your group in person, and be sure to provide it to them digitally by posting this on your facebook group or by emailing it. Thanks!
As we were heading into this sermon series, the Pastors and creative team really wanted to provide an interactive element to help encourage the missional living that our church is committed to. Below you’ll find a few instructions to outline an experience we’ve put together that will encourage that endeavor.
1. Reflect on your recent spending habits or on something that you've been wanting to buy for yourself. (What’s in your Amazon wishlist? How many cappuccinos are you buying a week? Are all the avocado toasts starting to put a dent in your “eating out” budget?)
2. Create a list of the things that come to mind and then select one that stands out to you.
3. As you go through the week, take the money you would have spent on that thing and place it in the envelope (or keep a tab on the back of this paper).
4. Reflect and pray through ways that you can repurpose that money for Kingdom growth. You do NOT have to give it to Missio (we’d actually prefer that you don’t) -- get creative! If you’d like, you can even pool your money with your group to make a larger impact in your neighborhood. (Some examples might be: Take someone that’s been on your heart out to dinner. Buy groceries for a struggling colleague. Bless a ministry or organization that you’re involved in anonymously.)
5. Share your experience with your Missio Community and with the hashtag #MissioMoney