The Bible - Money & Giving

What the Bible says about money and giving

Five short bible studies by Dr Paul Adams.
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Phil. 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Read more

Phil. 4:14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Read more

Phil. 4:15-16 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need. Read more

Phil. 4:17 Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account. Read more

Phil. 4:18 I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. Read more

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Matthew 6 v 15 – 24: True Treasure and Mammon

16. "And whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance in order to be seen fasting by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
17. "But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face
18. so that you may not be seen fasting by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
19. "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
20. "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;
21. for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22. "The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.
23. "But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
24. "No one can ser two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."

2 Samuel 24 v 21 -24: The cost of giving

21. "Then Araunah said, "Why has my lord the king come to his servant?" And David said, "To buy the threshing floor from you, in order to build an altar to the Lord, that the plague may be held back from the people."
22. And Araunah said to David, "Let my lord the king take and offer up what is good in his sight. Look, the oxen for the burnt offering, the threshing sledges and the yokes of the oxen for the wood.
23. "Everything, O king, Araunah gives to the king." And Araunah said to the king, "May the Lord your God accept you."
24. However, the king said to Araunah, "No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God which cost me nothing." So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.


Resources to use in church/home group

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    Historical interpretations and practice

    "Christian devotedness" by Anthony Norris Groves. Download DOC file

    Anthony Norris Groves was brother-in-law to George Muller, who had married Groves’ sister Mary. He was part of the early Brethren movement and launched the first Protestant mission to Arabic-speaking Muslims. This booklet on “stewardship” had a major impact on George Muller and led to Groves being regarded as the "father of faith missions".

    "Hudson Taylor and Non-Solicitation" by Chris Wigram. Download DOC file

    This article looks at the origins of the financial policy of the CIM, giving special attention to the issue of the non-solicitation of funds. Some predecessors of Taylor used the term 'faith principle' and interpreted it to include the non-solicitation of funds. This was different from the accepted norms for the financing of mission societies, most of which were denominational and linked to wider church finances.


    What Jesus said about sickness and suffering

    By Roger Forster, Leader and Founder of Ichthus Christian Fellowship.

    There is a spiritual battle going on and Jesus exhorts us to pray "Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven". In this significant talk dealing with a very difficult subject Roger looks into the Gospels to draw out Jesus' teaching and apply it to today!

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    Greg Boyd "Old Peter / New Peter"

    The Apostle Peter had to learn the hard way how to follow Jesus. His three denials of Christ and then three affirmations of love marked the major turning point away from fear and toward imitating Christ.

    Listen here as Greg explores Luke 22: 54-62