In This Series
Be Rich (4)
Sunday, October 09, 2016
Jay & Heather Bean
In this series, we learn how to use our time and resources to advance the Kingdom of God and make a difference. Pastor Jay starts off the Be Rich series by teaching us to be grateful, generous and to hope in God.
Think Right (Part 1)
- Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) – For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
- Romans 12:2 – Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
- 1 Timothy 6:17-19 – Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
Rich people don’t like to admit they are rich
- 2 Corinthians 8:9 (NLT) – You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.
- 2 Corinthians 9:11 – You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion.
Rich people are plagued by discontentment
- Ecclesiastes 5:10-12 (NLT) – Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what good is wealth—except perhaps to watch it slip through your fingers! People who work hard sleep well, whether they eat little or much. But the rich seldom get a good night’s sleep.
Rich people live with a false sense of security
- Proverbs 18:11 – The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale.
1. I will be grateful
- 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 – David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, LORD, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
Gratitude makes me more generous
2. I will lead with generosity.
- Matthew 6:21 – For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
- Acts 20:35 (MSG) – You’ll not likely go wrong here if you keep remembering that our Master said, “You’re far happier giving than getting.”
Generosity leads, heart overflows
3. I will put my hope in God
Proverbs 30:8-9 – Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
I will not trust in riches, but in Him who richly provides.