Choose Your Master

Choose Your Master - Save

TRUTH: Saving moves us toward contentment and freedom to impact God’s Kingdom! • November 18, 2018 • Jason Smith

TRUTH: Saving moves us toward contentment and freedom to impact God’s Kingdom! 1. Saving for the future honors God by providing for the Kingdom Proverbs 6:6-8 :: Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. 2. Saving for the future allows us to be prepared to meet needs 1 Corinthians 16:2 :: On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. 3. Saving allows us to be cheerful givers 2 Corinthians 9:7 :: Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 4. Saving for future generations speaks to our character Proverbs 13:22 :: A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous. 5. Saving requires us to learn to be content Philippians 4:11 :: Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

Choose Your Master - The Tithe

TRUTH: Tithing places our heart’s allegiance with God • November 11, 2018 • Jason Smith

TRUTH: Tithing places our heart’s allegiance with God WHAT IS IT? 1. A Biblical tithe is 10 percent Genesis 14:19-20 :: And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything. 2. It is a command of God Deuteronomy 12:5-6 :: But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go, and there you shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution that you present, your vow offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock. 3. It is the first fruit portion Leviticus 27:30-34 :: “Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord. If a man wishes to redeem some of his tithe, he shall add a fifth to it. And every tithe of herds and flocks, every tenth animal of all that pass under the herdsman’s staff, shall be holy to the Lord. One shall not differentiate between good or bad, neither shall he make a substitute for it; and if he does substitute for it, then both it and the substitute shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.” These are the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses for the people of Israel on Mount Sinai. WHAT DID JESUS SAY ABOUT IT? 1. Do it in secret Matthew 6:1-4 :: “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 2. Don’t forget the weightier matters Matthew 23:23 :: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 3. God is interested in our faithful giving Mark 12:41 :: And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. WHY DO IT? 1. Tithing shows God He has our heart Matthew 6:21 :: For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 2. Tithing opens the door to God’s blessings Malachi 3:10 :: Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. Proverbs 3:9-10 :: Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. 3. Tithing binds up the devourer of our first fruits Malachi 3:11 :: I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts.

Choose Your Master - Debt

TRUTH: Debt enslaves us to money • November 4, 2018 • Jason Smith

TRUTH: Debt enslaves us to money 1. Stop taking on debt Proverbs 22:7 :: The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. 2. Save emergency fund Proverbs 21:20 :: The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down. 3. Tithe to God Malachi 3:10-11 :: Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. 4. Payoff debts Psalm 37:21 :: The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously 5. Create a budget Proverbs 21:5 :: The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. 6. Eat beans and rice Proverbs 23:21 :: for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags. 7. Work a part-time job Proverbs 10:4-5 :: Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son. 8. Pray for creativity and wisdom James 4:2b :: You do not have because you do not ask God.