Is Your Checkbook Converted?
|Philippians 4 (NKJV™)|
|14||Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress.|
|15||Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only.|
|16||For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities.|
|17||Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.|
|18||Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.|
|19||And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.|
|20||Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.|
|21||Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you.|
|22||All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar's household.|
|23||The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.|
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
It’s a strange title for a sermon, I know. Yet it seems many of us try to separate what we believe in our hearts from how we behave with our finances. In these closing verses of this letter to the Philippians, Paul thanks the church that supported his ministry for putting their money where their faith is. This paragraph is one of the clearest theological statements about how money can become a tool for God’s glory and a gauge of spiritual maturity.
Connect Recap Notes: January 7, 2018
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Is Your Checkbook Converted?"
Text: Philippians 4:14-23
Martin Luther noted that three conversions are necessary for each person: heart, mind, and purse (wallet). It seems many of us try to separate what we believe in our hearts from how we behave with our finances. In the closing verses of Philippians, Paul thanked the church that supported his ministry for putting their money where their faith was. Pastor Skip unpacked one of the clearest theological statements about how money can become a tool for God’s glory and a gauge of spiritual maturity:
Generosity Is Commended
Interest Is Compounded
Giving Is Rewarded
Family Is Extended
Connect Up: Since God doesn’t need our money (He created and owns all good things), why do you think He commands Christians to give? Discuss these responses:2
Connect In: How does generous giving strengthen and support the family of God? Talk about this quote by J. Paul Getty: “Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells.” How can the support of productive ministries be likened to the spread of manure, the fuel for things to grow?
Connect Out: Why should the heart of giving be the salvation of people and the consummation of God’s kingdom (peace, justice, etc.)? Can you think of any other reasons to give?
1 Charles R. Swindoll, The Tale of the Tardy Oxcart: And 1,501 Other Stories, Nashville, Word Publishing, Inc., 1998.
2 Cortni Marrazzo, “Why Does God Want Me to Give?” November 15, 2013, https://www.crosswalk.com/family/finances/why-does-god-want-me-to-give.html, accessed 1/7/18.