God Lessons from the Great Recession - Series

God Lessons from the Great Recession
Selected passages from both the Old and New Testament
A four-week series on Christian finances.

Last fall our church engaged in a major emphasis on financial stewardship. During October all of our adult Sunday school classes studied Adam Hamilton's excellent little book Enough. In support of that study, I preached a four-week sermon series on Christian finances called God Lessons from the Great Recession. Although the series title played off the current recession, the content would work any time, even in economic boom times. A brief synopsis of the series follows.

1. Don't be a financial fool. The first sermon, based on Jesus' parable of the rich fool in Luke 12:13-21, warns listeners not to make the acquisition of money and things their ultimate priority.

2. Follow God's financial plan. The second sermon lays out, in broad strokes, six biblical financial principles.

3. Cultivate a life of contentment. The third sermon grapples with the question, What brings true contentment? The text is Philippians 4:10-13, where Paul says, "I have learned to be content with whatever I have" (v. 11 NRSV). The focus of the sermon is being grateful for what we already have.

4. Follow Dr. Green's Final Prescription. This message, based on Proverbs 11:24-25 and Acts 20:35, is the only sermon in the series that focuses directly on supporting the church financially.

This small-group study and sermon series profoundly impacted our stewardship campaign. In spite of a terrible recession, more people pledged more money than ever before in the history of our church. In fact, pledges increased 14 percent. An increase of that amount would be remarkable any year, but given the horrible economy, it was an amazing response.

God Lessons from the Great Recession - Series
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