When we talk about money at Trinity we have got to remember that Jesus says “come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest”. He is not a bully trying to do some financial extraction. He loves you far too much for that!
So what does God has to say? lets look at 2 Cor 8
Example of Giving v1-7
- Joy + Povety = Generosity. God transforms our hearts so that we don’t wait till we have loads of stuff before we are generous.
- Verse 4-5 they were people who were begging to give!
Remember the Macedonians!
Motivation for giving v8-15
- God is your ATM!
- Repay God – thank you for grace how can I pay for it!
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”
The Christian motivation is the Gospel. He wants the gospel to so permeate you life you live sacrifice, you love not just looking at the cross but living the cross. God wants this gospel to be our heartbeat “rich become poor so the poor become rich!”
Responsible Giving (v 16-24)
Planned Giving (v1-5)
Helpful budgeting resources: Budgeting; http://www.which.co.uk/money/money-saving-tips/budgeting/guides/planning-a-budget/how-to-plan-an-effective-budget; http://www.moneysavingexpert.com; If you are in debt and need help please contact – https://capuk.org