Showing posts with label money. Show all posts
Showing posts with label money. Show all posts

05 September 2018

James 5


James Chapter 5

B1 The sins of the rich James 5:1-6
C1 Often trusting in money instead of God
D1 We are offered a choice, who are we going to serve, who are we going to love? Luke 16:13 WEL 13 "No household servant can serve two masters, for he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon."
D2 Money and things have their place and what we have we are to be disciplined with. Luke 16:9-12 WEL 9 "And also I say to you, ‘Make friends for yourselves by the unrighteous Mammon, so that when you fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.' 10 "He who faithful in what is least is also faithful in much, and he who is unjust in the least is also unjust in much. 11 "Therefore, if you didn't prove to be faithful with unrighteous Mammon, who will trust you with the true [riches]? 12 "If you didn't prove to be faithful in what is another's, who will give you what is your own?
E1 We are to use riches to help others in need. Our priorities.
F1 First, our spouse
F2 Second, our children
F3 The brothers and sisters of our local congregation
F4 Brothers and sisters elsewhere
F5 The unsave
E2 It is not wrong to give riches to those who are proclaiming the Gospel or other missionary work, but we are not to neglect those closer to us.
E3 If we can’t handle money, how can we handle God’s riches.
E4 We need to be faithful to what God has given/allowed us to have.
C2 Often money gotten with ungodly methods (unrighteous Mammon)
C3 Don't pay your employees
C4 Lived in pleasure instead of the fear of God and helping others
C5 Their evil treatment of the just
D1 Condemned
D2 Killed
D3 Note: "He does not resist you." Nonresistance, trusting God instead of war and revenge.
B2 Patience James 5:7-11
C1 The Christian life leads to persecution. This persecution may be spiritual (temptation), emotional, or physical. 2 Timothy 3:12 WEB  Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
C2 Goal: wait for the Lord Jesus to return
C2 Example: Farmer waiting for rain and harvest
C3 While waiting,
D1 Establish your hearts James  5:8
E1 Establish means to be set fast, as in setting a posting in concrete.
E2 A dedication to God and His ways as outlined in His book—the Bible (the New Testament specifically).
D2 Don't spend time complaining about the brethren James 5:9
D3 Endure whatever comes your way
E1 As the prophets of God James 5:10
E2 Job 5:11
B3 False oaths James 5:12
C1 We must learn to tell the truth.
C2 Our "yes" must mean "yes" and our "no" mean "no".
B4 What to do in troubles/afflictions James 5:13-16
C1 Afflicted: Pray
C2 Happy: Sing psalms
C3 Sick: Call for the elders
D1 Pray
D2 Anointing
D3 Prayer
D4 Mutual confession of sins
B5 Praying James 5:17-18
C1 Effectual prayer
D1 Opposite of a dead, formal prayer
D2 Does NOT mean something is guaranteed (a prayer that God HAS to answer. There is no such thing.)
D3 Meets conditions
E1 Confessed sin (including asking forgiveness from those who we sinned against)
E2 Treating wife right (according to what the Bible says is the right way)
E3 Praying in faith (God can answer this prayer)
E4 Leaving the results to God
E5 Content to wait
E6 Not trying to manipulating God (which cannot be done)
C2 Waiting for God's answer
B6 What to do with those who err from the truth James 5:19-20
C1 Point it out
D1 In gentleness
D2 In truth
D3 Remembering that we too are sinners
C2 It's blessing
D1 Save a soul from death. Romans 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves as servants to obedience, his servants you are whom you obey; whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?
D2 Hide a multitude of sins
E1 Comment: they will be forgiven, hidden under the blood of the Lord Jesus
E2 We must preach and live the Gospel for everyone faces 2 deaths—physical and spiritual. The final death is conscious suffering in the Lake of Fire. Revelation 21:8 WEB  But for the cowardly, unbelieving, sinners, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their part is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
E3 Messiah Jesus is the ONLY savior.
F1 2 Peter 2:9 NRSV  then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trial, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment.
F2 Acts 4:12 WEB  There is salvation in none other, for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, by which we must be saved!
Our strength, our life, our hope is In Christ Alone





06 April 2017

Money


Some people have too much money, some not enough, and some none.

As Christians, we want to know God's teaching on this.

I found this site that may be helpful.

I don't invest at all, not here or anywhere except the Kingdom of God. But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33 [WEB]



If you open up a concordance and just start reading everything the Bible says about money, you might walk away with the wrong impression. Scripture makes a lot of strong and pointed statements about wealth, and it would be easy to assume that money is a terrible necessity.
The truth is that money plays a valuable role in society. It allows the farmer or the carpenter to trade for goods and services without having to carry cows, produce, and lumber everywhere they go. The problem that Scripture recognizes and addresses is how money can usurp the place of God in our lives and be used to rule over and control others.

The more you look at how the Bible addresses money, the more you discover very practical advice about stewardship, devotion, and discipline.

You can read the rest here: https://www.cdfcapital.org/20-bible-verses-on-money-and-stewardship/

11 February 2016

Ready to share money or faith

 

A short post about the Christian and money and also providing answers about the Christian faith.


Ready to share money or faith


more blessed



Money--with wisdom


 

Attitude--So having food and clothing we will be content with that. (1 Timothy 6:8, WPNT)
Acknowledgment--Further, God is able to make all ‘grace’ abound toward you, that always having all sufficiency in everything you may abound to every good work; as it is written: “He has distributed around, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” (2 Corinthians 9:8-9, WPNT)
Educate--I am not saying this because of lack, since I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (Philippians 4:11, WPNT)
Freedom--Your way of life should be free from the love of money, being content with what you have, because He Himself has said: “I absolutely will not desert you; I most certainly will not abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5, WPNT)


Faith--with answers and calm patience

Ready (so we have to study)--Rather, sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready with an answer for everyone who asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, with meekness and respect; (1 Peter 3:15, WPNT)
Remembering--For the preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18, EMTV)
Responsibility--holding fast to the faithful word as he was taught, that he may be able to exhort by sound doctrine, and to convince those who oppose it. (Titus 1:9, EMTV)
Resource (first and foremost)--All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be proficient, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, EMTV)

Sunday School Lesson—no easy road

No Easy Road


sunday school

Theme: The Church Perseveres


Scripture: Acts 4:1-31


A1 Outline

B1 Peter and John arrested Acts 4:1-4


B2 Peter and John questioned Acts 4:5-7


B3 Peter preaches to the Sanhedrin Acts 4:8-12


B4 The Sanhedrin's discussion and decision Acts 4:13-18


B5 Peter and John rebuke the evil Sanhedrin Acts 4:19-20


B6 The Sanhedrin threaten Peter and John Acts 4:21-22


B7 Peter and John give their report to the church and pray Acts 4:23-30


B8 God answers their prayer Acts 4:31


B9 The changed life of the believers Acts 4:32-37


A2 Notes and Questions

B1 Setting: Peter had finished his message to the crowd at the Temple, where the Lord Jesus had healed, through the ministry of Peter and John, the lame beggar (Acts 3:1-26).


B2 The beggar sat at the Beautiful Gate.


B3 After being healed by the Lord Jesus, Peter and John moved to Solomon's Portico, which was on the east side of the Temple. The modern named "Western Wall" is on the other side.










B4 Peter had finished preaching the Gospel.


B5 Acts 4:1 finds the Apostles in trouble with the religious authorities.


B6 Acts 4:1-4


C1 Who came upon the Peter and John? (Officer of the Temple guard, some priests, and some Sadducees).


C2 What were these annoyed at? (The preaching that Jesus had risen from the dead. The Sadducees did not believe in angels, spirits, or in any form of resurrection from the dead. See Matthew 22:23 and Acts 23:8).


C3 When preaching, is doctrine important? (Yes, the Apostles preached the resurrection of Jesus).


C4 These are religious police, for Peter and John were arrested for preaching Jesus and the resurrection. Was it against the law to preach Jesus and His resurrection, or an inconvenience to the Sadducees?


C5 Some people say that if we would see miracles like this, then people would believe the Gospel. Is this true or false? (False, consider…


D1 All the miracles that Jesus had done, but they still did not believe. John 4:48, John 12:37, Luke 16:29-31


D2 Preaching is mentioned on the method of getting the Gospel out to people, not miracles. Romans 10:14, Luke 24:47


B7 Note all the details of this incident. It is as if someone or more was there and telling Luke what had happened.


B8 Acts 4:5-7


C1 The powerhouses of the Sanhedrin were present. This was no small affair. All these were of the High Priest's relatives and were Sadducees.


C2 How would you answer the two questions put forth by the questioners in Acts 4:7?


C3





B9 Acts 4:8-12


C1 Peter was "filled with the Spirit." Does this mean he spoke in tongues, had jerking motions, hissed, smacked his lips, maybe even fell to the floor jerking?


C2 What does "filled with the Spirit" mean?


D1 Scripture


E1 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink; even before his birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit.(Luke 1:15 NRSV)


E2 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:41 NRSV). Elizabeth said something in her native language. There was no other activity or action. Luke 1:41-45


E3 Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: (Luke 1:67 NRSV). What did Zechariah do, running around the room speaking in tongues that no one could understand? No, he said something in his native language. Luke 1:67-79


E4 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. (Luke 4:14 NRSV). What did Jesus show and do jerking and hissing and speaking in unknown languages? No, He started teaching. Luke 4:14-15


E5 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. (Acts 2:4 NRSV) What happened when all the Christians were filled? Did they start jerking, falling to the ground, speaking in unknown languages? No, they started speaking the wonderful acts of God. Acts 2:4-11


E6 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders, (Acts 4:8 NRSV) Peter started preaching in their native language. Acts 4:8-13


E7 When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:31 NRSV). They spoke with boldness.


E8 But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. (Acts 7:55 NRSV). He starting preaching. He had a vision of Jesus at the right hand of God. Acts 7:55-56


E9 So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." (Acts 9:17 NRSV). After Ananias prayed for Paul, what did Paul do? And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, (Acts 9:18-19 NRSV)


E10 But Saul, also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him (Acts 13:9 NRSV). What did Paul do? He pronounced judgment on this evil man who was trying to not have the proconsul trust in Jesus. Acts 13:9-12


E11 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 13:52 NRSV) What did they have? Joy that the Holy Spirit gave.


E12 Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, (Ephesians 5:18 NRSV) What we the people to do? Pray, praise and thank God, and sing. Ephesians 5:18-20


D2 Did any of these believers ask for this? No


D3 The Holy Spirit lives in each believer.


E1 But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. (Romans 8:9 NRSV)


E2 And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" (Galatians 4:6 NRSV)


E3 Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16 NRSV)


E4 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, so that He may abide with you forever, (John 14:16 EMTV)


D4 What is filled with the Spirit as in Ephesians 5:18?


E1 The word "spirit" is nearly if not always interpreted to be the Holy Spirit.


E2 There is a contrast between wine and Spirit.


E3 What is the effect of each?


F1 Wine--the effects of drunkenness. For other effects of living according to the flesh see Galatians 5:19-21


F2 Spirit--the effects of the Holy Spirit. Fruit of the Spirit is listed in Galatians 5:22-23. The context refers to singing and giving thanks to God (Ephesians 5:19-20).


E4 Note we are the vessel and the Holy Spirit is the one who fills.


E5 We have a choice--flesh or spirit, ourselves or the Holy Spirit.


C3 Note that Peter and John did not hesitate to reveal the one who healed this man. They did not take the credit. We must never be ashamed of Jesus. May God help us.


C4 Acts 4:10--was Peter being too harsh in saying, "...whom you crucified"?


C5 Acts 4:12--what do you think the Sanhedrin was thinking after Peter told them this?


C6 Acts 4:12--is their salvation in any other?


B10 Acts 4:13-18


C1 Where did this boldness come from? Was this something new in their lives or was it always there? Compare Mark 14:50


C2 What does Acts 4:14 tell us about the Sanhedrin?


C3 How does John 11:47 relate to Acts 4:16?


C4 Did the Sanhedrin really think that their threat in Acts 4:17 would make any difference?


C5 Who is the highest authority? What can we learn from that? Compare Daniel 3:28 and Revelation 20:4.


C6 Have you ever faced opposition from someone in authority?


C7 How are we to respond to those who oppose the Gospel? (with respect and calmness)


C8 Do we need a theological degree before we can preach the Gospel of Jesus?


C9 How are we going to handle serious government or religious authorities opposing us?


B11 Acts 4:19-20--how do the Apostles respond to the threats?


B12 Acts 4:21-22--the crowd and the Sanhedrin had two different reactions to this healing. Name them.


B13 Acts 4:23-30


C1 After hearing what had happened, how did the believers respond? (They prayed for boldness).


C2 ...to do all that Your hand and Your counsel foreordained to come to pass. (Acts 4:28, EMTV). This does not mean Calvinism is correct. God foreordained the plan for Jesus to die being the propitiation for our sins, and this came about just as foreordained. God did not foreordain the sinful actions of Jews and Gentiles. Isaiah 53 and Acts 3:18 for example. Clarke adds in his commentary on Acts 4:27-28--It is evident that what God's hand and counsel determined before to be done was not that which Herod, Pontius Pilate, the Gentiles, (Romans,) and the people of Israel had done and were doing; for, then, their rage and vain counsel would be such as God himself had determined should take place, which is both impious and absurd; but these gathered together to hinder what God had before determined that his Christ or Anointed should perform; and thus the passage is undoubtedly to be understood.


C3 Acts 4:29--signs, wonders, and miracles. Does this happen today? (God heals is not in doubt, but a miraculous healing would be someone who lays hands on a sick person, prays for them, and they instantly rise fully healed and well. This doesn't happen today despite many claims. There is no proof, only claims. This shows that the so called faith healer of today is a false prophet/prophetess and can be safely ignored).


B14 Acts 4:31 God answers their prayer. Being filled with the Spirit equals boldness to speak the Gospel. Why pray? Why have prayer together?


B15 Acts 4:32-37


C1 All things in common


C2 Is this action necessary for Christians today? Many politicians preach income equality. Should we practice this? (No, it is not commanded anywhere in the New Testament. If some do (as Hutterites), it is not sin, but it is not required. It is OK see Matthew 20:12 and Proverbs 10:22. There are problems with money and love of money as in 1 Timothy 6:9-10, Matthew 6:19 and elsewhere.


B15 Ready to share money or faith


C1 Money--with wisdom


D1 Attitude--So having food and clothing we will be content with that. (1 Timothy 6:8, WPNT)


D2 Acknowledgment--Further, God is able to make all 'grace' abound toward you, that always having all sufficiency in everything you may abound to every good work; as it is written: "He has distributed around, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever." (2 Corinthians 9:8-9, WPNT)


D3 Educate--I am not saying this because of lack, since I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (Philippians 4:11, WPNT)


D4 Freedom--Your way of life should be free from the love of money, being content with what you have, because He Himself has said: "I absolutely will not desert you; I most certainly will not abandon you." (Hebrews 13:5, WPNT)


C2 Faith--with answers and calm patience


D1 Ready (so we have to study)--Rather, sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready with an answer for everyone who asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, with meekness and respect; (1 Peter 3:15, WPNT)


D2 Remembering--For the preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18, EMTV)


D3 Responsibility--holding fast to the faithful word as he was taught, that he may be able to exhort by sound doctrine, and to convince those who oppose it. (Titus 1:9, EMTV)


D4 Resource (first and foremost)--All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be proficient, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, EMTV)