Who are you giving to? You might be surprised …

photoAt Adventure Christian Church we are currently teaching a series titled, “Money Matters.”  The point of this series is not about getting people to give more to the church.  The point is for all of us to acknowledge the influence that money has on our lives and to learn to be in control of money rather than to be controlled by it.  It sounds easy enough!  But, the reality is, it’s not.

Today’s post is titled “Who are you giving to? You might be surprised” and is essentially my sermon notes from this past Sunday.  There was a long list included in the message so I thought it could be beneficial to some to post the notes for use later.  I realize this post isn’t as detailed as some others, but remember it’s just my notes.  Listen to the message for the full lesson.

You can listen to the sermon here:  Buddy’s Sermon January 13, 2013.

The Enemy Wants To Deceive You

Mark 12:15 – But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. Why are you trying to trap me? he asked..

1.Money does not equal security

2. Money does not equal satisfaction

Proverbs 15:17 –  Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.

3.  “Your” money is not really yours

Whose “Portrait” are you giving to?

Mark 12:16 – They brought the coin, and he asked them, Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?  Caesars, they replied

1.  What/who are you most disappointed with right now?

2.  Whatsoever you spend your money on?

3.  Where do you spend your time?

4.  What consumes your thoughts?

5.  What are you scared to lose?

6.  Where do you turn/go when you have been hurt?

7.  What brings you the most joy?

8.  Whose applause do you long for?

(note: The list in this section was changed in respects but largely came from a Tim Harlow blog post who said he adapted it from Kyle Idelman’s new book coming out soon.)

You Are Made in God’s Image, So Give Your All to Him

Mark 12:17 – Then Jesus said to them, Give to Caesar what is Caesars and to God what is Gods.  And they were amazed at him.

They gave to Caesar because everything was his — the property, the money, the farm, the animals.  They understood that to be true.  God has made us His as well.  Everything we are is His.  So let’s give Him our ALL.

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