Monday, April 13, 2009

"how to be rich" begins

Yesterday was Easter, and it was our kick off of our new series How to Be Rich at The Community Fellowship.  It was our largest attendance in our 2 and a 1/2 year of being around.  Plus we are seeing life change.
 
I'm not in the office the first of this week, but I wanted to give you somethings to chew on from yesterday's sermon (there will not be a devotion on Tuesday). Here it is:
 
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. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 (niv) 

 

The good news is: YOU'RE RICH!

 

If you earn $20,000 a year, you are in the top 10% of wage earners in the world. How does that change your perspective about being rich?

 

Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work-this is a gift of God. Ecclesiastes 5:19 (niv)

 
We're rich because of what Jesus has done!

 

For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; 1 Peter 3:18 (nas)
 

The bad news is: YOU'RE RICH!

And Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!  "For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."   Luke 18:24-25 (nas)

THE PROBLEMS WITH BEING RICH

 

--- it is harder for you to depend on GOD.

 

--- it distract you from true PRIORITIES.

 

--- You have greater RESPSPONSIBILITY.

 
As we continue this series, we are excited that Joe Sangl will be here at The Community on April 26th.  We have invited many people to join us as we learn to live the way God intended ... debt free and able to do more for the Kingdom of God.  I challenge you to look at your blessings and admit it.  Just say it.  I'm Rich!

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