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Summary: What’s in YOUR wallet; or what’s in your heart? Money reveals our priorities

How The Kingdom Works: Part 3 – Funding The Kingdom

Feb 18, 2007

Intro:

“The offering” video, from Good $ense.

Why Do You Give?

That humorous clip shows several different motivations for giving: glory, guilt, gratitude – what is yours? Why do you give?

Ministry Takes Money

Over the past two weeks we’ve been talking about what it takes to make the Kingdom of God work. We’ve looked at how it really does work, and how it takes each of us using our Spiritual Gifts to make it work. This morning I want to explore one more thing that it takes to make the Kingdom of God work – it takes money. Ministry takes money – that is a reality – it has been like this since the very beginning of God’s Kingdom in the nation of Israel, it was like this in the time of Jesus, and it is like that today.

Over the past month or so we’ve been introducing you to two new ministries we are partnering with in Bolivia. The first is a ministry to kids forced to live in Bolivian prisons with a parent, called the Casa de la Amistad. The second is a ministry to kids who live on the streets in Cochabamba, called Jireh. Well, both of those ministries cost money – it costs money to have and operate a facility for the Casa programs, it costs money to hire staff to work with the 170 children in the program, it costs money to purchase medical insurance for each of those 170 kids, it costs money to feed them. Likewise with Jireh – it costs money to hire a man named Thomas to be their pastor/surrogate father/counselor/teacher/advocate, it costs money to rent the tiny building from which they are being kicked out and it will cost even more money to find a new suitable, hopefully permanent space, and it costs money to feed those 45 kids one meal a week and sometimes a little more often.

Just like in Bolivia, it costs money for ministry in Canada. It costs money for us to heat our church building, it costs money to hire pastors to teach and lead worship and mentor teens and do evangelism, and more importantly to lead and encourage and equip all the people to do ministry. It costs money to buy Sunday school material and paper for bulletins and to support missionaries sharing God’s love in other cultures.

Where does all that money come from? It comes from people like you and me, who give it away.

Now kids, let me talk to you for a moment. I’m so glad you are joining us for this talk today, because what I am talking about is radical and rebellious. It is the complete opposite of what you are going to hear about money everywhere else in our culture. It is upside down, and perhaps one of the most important things for you to discover if you are going to have a great life. I’m going to talk about giving money away.

When was the last time you saw a TV commercial telling you that you had so much, you should really give some to others? When was the last time you saw a print ad telling you that you should be content with what you have? When have you ever walked into a store and seen a sign that said, “just buy what you really need, and then get out of here and use the rest of your money to help someone else.”


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