Exalting Christ and Loving People

Stewardship – Freedom

Join us online this Sunday as Pastor David closes out his mini-series on Stewardship where this week he focuses on what the bible says about how to get financial freedom.

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The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. (Proverbs 22:7)

For the Lord your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you…The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.  (Deuteronomy 15:6; 28:12)

F __________________ on God first  (Psalm 50:14,15,23)
If you don’t honour God with your ____________ then don’t expect Him to help you with your _____________.
-Mark 12:13-17, Malachi 3:10

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matt.6:31-33)

R __________________ out a financial plan.
Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.  (Proverbs 24:27)  (also Proverbs 15:22)
  • Pay ___________________ (tithes/offerings)
  • Pay your _______________ (needs)
  • Pay ____________________ (savings)
  • Pay for ______________ (wants)
E ______________________ your priorities

For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. (I Tim. 6:7-8) 

  • Be _____________________ that your basic needs are met
  • Be _____________________ that your basic needs are met
  • Be able to ____________ for your basic needs
Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. (Romans 13:7)
E __________________ God to answer when you call

If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him. (Matt.7:11)(NLT)

Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed… We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.  (Proverbs 16:3,9)(NLT)

Before you __________ for it, ______________ for it!

Digging Deeper

Q1: What kinds of things put people in bondage?  

Q2: How does financial debt put people into bondage? 

Q3: In what ways is debt more of a spiritual issue than just financial or social?

Q4: How has putting God first in your life helped you financially? 

Q5: Why do you think it is often very hard to create a budget? …keep a budget?

Q6: If someone asked you for financial advice, what would you say?

Q7: How has the world blurred the line between needs and wants?

Q8: What can we learn about debt from the following passages: II Kings 4:1-7,        I Timothy 6:6-10, Matthew 18:21-35, Romans 13:8-10, Luke 7:36-50