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Summary: How to make successful investments into the Kingdom of Heaven

Investment Advice

Matthew 25:14-28

1. You must know the rules of investing

A. You must know the results that are sought

- What are the objectives

- Growth

- Personal Growth Gal. 5:22

- Growth of God’s Kingdom - Matt. 28:19-20

- Current return

- Honoring God - Exodus 20:24

- Repentance - 2 Chronicles 7:14 - Following His commands - Deut. 11:26-28

- Ministering - Feels good to help others

- Meet needs of others

- Reach others on their level

- Planning for retirement - Heaven that is

- Heaven is our true home - Phil. 3:20-21

- Heavenly rewards - Matt. 5:12, Luke 6:35

- Estate Planning

- Train your children in the ways of the Lord

- Sharing your faith

2. Implement the right investment strategies

B. Buy low, sell high

- Jesus met people at their low points and helped

them to achieve new heights in their lives.

- The sick

- The lonely

- The broken hearted

- A life without the hope and renewal of Jesus Christ is always

the lowest purchase point

C. Invest for the long term

- Seek to let God change your life

- Seek to let God use you to change the life of others

D. Preservation of capital

- Discipling

- Studying the scriptures

- Prayer

- Worship

E. Adapt your investment strategy towards current market trends

- The gospel message is for everyone and should be shared on

a level understood by all who hear 1 Corinthians 9:19-22

- Christ adapted his message to those he was trying to reach

- The woman at the well

- The calling of the disciples

- Parables

- The underlying truth doesn’t change, only the method of implementation

F. Make consistent additions to your portfolio

- Continually seek to learn, serve, minister

- A person who goes forward and does nothing else is stagnant

3. Invest in those things with a proven track record

- Fellowship

- Produces unity

- Produces warmth

- End Result - Identifies you as a member of the body of Christ

- Discipleship

- Produces a deeper knowledge of the scriptures

- A deeper understanding of God

- A deeper love for Christ

- A deeper understanding for our need for God

- End Result - To become more like Christ in thoughts, actions and feelings

- Worship

- Expresses our love of God

- Lifts our spirits

- Strengthens us in times of weakness

- Focuses us on God and His mighty power

- End Result - Loving the Lord with all your heart

- Ministry

- Allows us to meet the needs of others

- Allows us to show a hurting world the love of Jesus

- End Result - Demonstrating God’s love to others by meeting

their needs and healing their hurts in the name of Jesus

- Evangelism

- Allows us to share our “hot tip” - Salvation through Jesus

- Allows us to see lives changed

- End Result - Telling the whole world the message of Jesus’

coming, His death, burial, resurrection and His promise to

return.

4. Diversification leads to a balanced solid portfolio

- Each investment vehicle will produce some results, but only a

combined portfolio will produce consistency and return on investment in all of life’s situations.

5. Results will not be attained until your capital has been invested

- God is seeking to use each one of us

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