4 Reasons we're teaching on money
There is no question that money is something that affects everyone. In light of this I wanted to share 4 of the main reasons we are shedding light on the area of finances at Centre Church.
1) Money is a day-to-day issue in the lives of most people. As a fairly young church one of the greatest needs that people have asked for help with is learning how to manage their money. Debt is causing stress, household expenses are rising, and saving is infrequent or non-existent. Now, I understand this isn’t everyone, but there is large number of people who simply don’t know how to manage their finances.
2) The household debt rate for Canadians is increasing at a considerable rate. In September 2016 Stats Can released that household debt climbed to a record high of $1.68 for every $1 of disposable income ( You can read the article here). Simply put Canadians spend a lot more money then they earn. This is not sustainable and change will either be forced upon many people or we can choose to change. As Will Rogers states, "Too many people spend money they earned..to buy things they don’t want..to impress people that they don’t like."
3) Money is a Spiritual Issue. In the New Testament the author Matthew writes, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Matt 6:24 NIV). The topic of money is unavoidable from Jesus’ perspective and he makes clear that what you’re devoted to, will control your decisions. 1 out of 10 verses found in the Gospels talks about money or possessions and the Bible as a whole refers to possessions more then prayer and faith combined. Our purpose on earth is much bigger then accumulation of resources or possessions and those who are Jesus followers cannot overlook the fact that money can affect our spirituality.
4) Money is Powerful. Culture tells us three things about money. 1) We are told that if we’re unhappy, money will bring happiness. 2) We’re told that if we can’t afford something, debt is to be expected. 3) We’re told that if we had more money then our problems would be solved. However, money doesn’t equal happiness, debt sucks, and more money doesn’t solve spending habits. The result of these cultural narratives is that money has become one of the primary answers to our deepest of needs.
Over the month of November we’ll be talking about Making Change and how there is a better way to live. For more information about this series and attend one of our services at Centre Church click the button below.
Josh Loeve - Lead Pastor Centre Church