2011 Stewardship Series, Message #4
FBC Earlville 1-30-11 10:30 AM Rev. Jeremy B. Stopford, Pastor

INTRODUCTION    *  Today’s “special”:  “A Techie Funny” The father of a family – who is a big-time techie – got his oldest daughter an iPhone for her birthday.
He also got an iPad for his son. Later an iPod for the youngest daughter.
So when his anniversary rolled around, he got his wife an iRon.
That’s when the fight began.

What we’ve learned: 1.  God doesn’t need our money – He needs our surrender.  2.  Solomon warns us in Ecclesiastes that a life filled with things -including money – is an empty life with no eternal value.  3.  It is possible to be poor in the things of the world, but to be rich toward God.  AND it is possible to see people as Jesus does, regardless of their financial “fronts”.
Today, as we conclude this year’s Stewardship Series, God wants to reach us where we are, and gives us guidelines on how we should be His caretakers of His provisions.     “Money” is mentioned 133 times in the Bible – 98 in the OT and 35 in NT.  Mainly a form of currency, sometimes a form of worship!                           * Prayer

Here are 7 questions we need to ask ourselves about money:
#7  Do I trust my money?  (Matt. 17:27)

#6  What do I have that God can use?  (Matt. 25:18)

#5  What does money say about my heart?  (Luke 16:13-15)

#4  If I have no money, am I broke?  (Luke 22:35)

#3  Does my money own me?  (Acts 4:37)

#2  Do I have the “love bug”?  (1 Tim. 6:10;  2 Tim. 3:2)

Illus.:  Bill Gates in Heaven When Bill Gates died, he went up to Heaven, where Saint Peter showed him to his house, a beautiful 20 room house, with grounds and a tennis court.
Bill Gates was pleased, and spent many months enjoying the amenities of Heaven.
One day, he was enjoying one of Heaven’s many fine parks, when he ran into a man dressed in a fine tailored suit.
“That is a nice suit, my friend,” said Gates. “Where did you get it?”
“Actually,” the man replied, “I was given a hundred of these when I got here. I’ve been treated really well. I got a mansion on a hill overlooking a beautiful hill, with a huge five-hundred acre estate, a golf course, and three Rolls Royces.”
“Were you a Pope, or a doctor healing the sick?” asked Gates.
“No,” said his new friend, “Actually, I was the captain of the Titanic.”
Hearing this made Gates so angry that he immediately stalked off to find St. Peter.
Cornering Peter, he told him about the man he had just met, saying, “How could you give me a paltry new house, while you’re showering new cars, a mansion, and fine suits on the Captain of the Titanic? I invented the Windows operating system! Why does he deserve better??!”
“Yes, but we use Windows,” replied Peter, “and the Titanic only crashed once.”

And the #1 important question to ask is:
#1  Am I trying to buy God?  (Isa. 52:3;  55:1,2)

Close in prayer

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