Chapter 3 Devotional

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    SatSaturdayJunJune7th2014 Saturday, June 7
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    Tomorrow is the day when we will make our pledges. I am a little anxious, but not because I think we will fail to raise the money we need to eliminate our debt. I am anxious because I am afraid that at the last moment I will pull back from what God has led me to give, and no one will know except him. Let’s pray for each other in this.

    The first question of the Heidelberg Catechism is: What is your only comfort, in life and in death? The catechism goes on to answer: That I belong – body and soul, in life and in death – not to myself but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.

    I need to keep reminding myself that I am not my own; I belong to Jesus; I have been bought with a huge price. All that I have is his; and that whatever I give will be for HIS GLORY! Please pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit generosity as we meet tomorrow for worship.

    FriFridayJunJune6th2014 Friday, June 6
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    What is the place of the Holy Spirit in a capital fund campaign? Let me put it another way: If the Holy Spirit does not move us to give then our efforts are no different than a “feel good” contribution to a charity!

    Read the following passages and then I want to ask you something:

    John 15:4, 5; 2 Corinthians 8:3-5; 9:5-8.

    You may have some idea what you will give to our Chapter 3 Campaign to eliminate our debt. Would you be willing to pray and ask God the Holy Spirit what he would want you to give? Seriously; do not make a commitment without asking what God wants you to give. Maybe you can write out your prayer in the space below:

    ThuThursdayJunJune5th2014 Thursday, June 5
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    I think that one of the best blueprints for financial discipleship is found in 1 Timothy 6:17-19.

    See if you can find two “don’ts” and four “do’s” and write them down.

    Notice that Pastor Timothy was told to command his people to do these things. You need to realize these things are not optional but necessary for discipleship. In which of these areas do you struggle?

    Paul also told Timothy that there were two benefits to such a life of generosity. What are they?

    WedWednesdayJunJune4th2014 Wednesday, June 4
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    Pastor Andy Stanley of North Point Church near Atlanta once said, “My people need to know what I want for them before I tell them what I want from them.” So let me tell what I want for you.

    Philippians 4:11, 12 – I want you to be content with what you have because it signifies complete trust in God as your Provider, and that you believe he will always take care of you. Contentment is something that Paul had to learn and so do you. Are you learning the secret? (Check out what else Paul wrote about contentment in 1 Timothy 6:6-10)

    Philippians 2:2, 3
    – I want you be humble people, looking out not only for your own interests, but also for the interests of others. Our desire to pay off our debt is completely an act of humility that will benefit others and not ourselves. You will never imitate Christ more than by being humble in this way. Are you?

    2 Corinthians 8:7
    – I also want you to be generous people. In many ways you are, but I want you to excel in generosity. I want you to be so generous that you have to be cautious about giving too much. I have often wondered what it must have been like for Moses to put out the word in Exodus 36 that no more contributions were necessary because the people brought more than enough for doing the work of the Lord. Wow, what a capital fund campaign!

    TueTuesdayJunJune3rd2014 Tuesday, June 3
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    It may come as a complete surprise to some that the Bible makes a connection between how we handle money and how usable we are to God. Read Matthew 25:14-30 and then respond to the following:

    • What relationship did the stewards have to the man going on a journey?
    • Did you notice they were called bondservants; slaves?
    • A talent was about twenty year’s wages for the common laborer. How did the master distribute the resources and for what purpose?
    • What did each servant do with the money?
    • Two servants doubled their investments; for whom were the investments made and what was their reward?
    • Why do you think the third servant buried his money? Do you think it was really because he feared his master? (If he was afraid, you would think he would have been motivated to do more than he did.)
    • How do you relate this story to your own stewardship?
    MonMondayJunJune2nd2014 Monday, June 2
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    Read the passage about Worldly Wisdom from a Clever Rascal found in Luke 16:1-13.

    • Do you think that Jesus was congratulating the clever rascal on his shady dealing with his master’s money?
    • In what way do the people of this world often use what they have to further their own ends more wisely than the people of light do to further the ends of the Kingdom of God? (v. 8b)
    • How do you think you can use the wealth entrusted to you by God to make friends for eternity? (v. 9) Are you making any? Do you understand that we can make friends for eternity by paying off our church debt?
    • Why do you think that God would use how you distribute your wealth (the matters of small importance) as the measure of how you can be trusted with the greater things of eternal value? (v. 10-11)
    • Jacques Ellul, the French historian and Christian said, “The only way to break the enormous power of money over your life is to give it away.” Have you experienced this?
    • If you have not been trustworthy with what is not your own (or what is someone else’s property), then how will you ever be judged trustworthy enough to receive what is your own- your eternal inheritance in heaven?”
    • Did Jesus say that it was hard to serve God and money? What did he say?
    SatSaturdayMayMay31st2014 Saturday, May 31
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    What about our savings? In our sermon last Sunday, we heard that John Wesley said to “save all you can.” When does saving become a problem?

    Read Luke 12:16-21; Phil. 4:19; 1 Tim. 6:17

    Do we understand that God wants us to be his pipelines—even with our savings, in order to allow his blessings to flow to others? (Lev. 19:9-10; Deut. 15:7-10; Ps. 112; Prov. 11:24, 25; Isa. 58:6-11; Ezek. 16:49; Luke 6:38; 2 Cor. 8:13-15; Gal. 6:10).

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