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  • 1.The Gospel and Money Tom NelsonMatt Perman

2. Matt PermanBlog: Facebook: Matt Perman Twitter: mattperman Email: 3. Introduction 4. The gospel frees us from the temptation to think simplistically about money. 5. The gospel frees us from the temptation to think simplistically about money.Why does this matter? 6. We are here to serve.Our goal in life should be to make life better for others to the glory of God. 7. Matthew 20:28 even as the Son of man did not come to beserved, but to serve, and to give his life aransom for many. 8. Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before others that theysee your good works and give glory to yourFather in heaven. 9. Matthew 5:16Let your light so shine before others that they see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.Serve others Glorify God In this is our joy 10. Good intentions are not enough.Serving requires wisdom. 11. Good intentions are not enough. Serving requires wisdom.We do some simplistic things with money thatseem spiritual but actually get in the way ofhelping people. We often settle for stageone thinking on money, to the detriment ofthe world and therefore to the detriment ofGods glory. 12. Money is not the only area where wedo this 13. Three Questions 1. How do we understand prosperity in light ofthe biblical texts that seem to be againstmoney? 2. Is maximizing our financial giving always thebest way to serve others? 3. Can we glorifying God in spending money aswell as in giving money? 14. One Exhortation We need to be creative, competent, and audacious in our endeavors to serve the global poor. 15. ProsperityHow do we understand prosperity in light of the biblical texts that seem to be against money? 16. Human Prosperity is Good 17. Human Prosperity is Good 18. Human Prosperity is Good 19. Human Prosperity is Good 20. Human prosperity is good The Garden of Eden The new heavens and new earth The OT feasts Jesus came eating and drinking (Matthew 11:19) Paul: God richly furnishes with all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17) 21. But many passages seem to take awealth-negative view 22. But many passages seem to take awealth-negative view Luke 18:21-25 Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. 23. But many passages seem to take awealth-negative view 1 Timothy 6:5-10 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. 24. How do these fit together? 25. How do these fit together? My solution: We were created and redeemed to enjoy prosperity in all forms, including material prosperity. Therefore, we are free to enjoy it without guilt.However, material prosperity is priority B. We enjoy it without absolutizing it. 26. Therefore Enjoy what you have Receive it with thanksgiving 27. But do not love money 28. But do not love money This is what the texts are getting at. This becomes clear when we look at some more:Matthew 6:33But seek first his kingdom and hisrighteousness, and all these things will beadded to you. 29. But do not love money 1 Timothy 3:3 not a lover of money2 Timothy 4:10 in love with this present world2 Timothy 3:2 lovers of self, lovers of money not loving good 30. But do not love money Riches are evil on the conditions that people make them absolute ends of life, and especially when they become an altar on which to sacrifice to the poor. When that happens, it is better to remain poor than rich, for when people are rich in that evil manner, God will inevitably destroy them (5:1-7). And it is better to be patient and to endure like the prophets (5:10) and like Job (5:11). But none of this implies that James denies the possibility and goodness of riches in a context of faith and righteous action. (Schneider,The Good of Affluence, 206) 31. This makes money more meaningful in the right way CS Lewis: You cant get second things byputting them first; you can get second things only by putting first things first. 32. Our desires are not too strong; theyare too weak 33. Our desires are not too strong; theyare too weak 1 Timothy 6:17-19 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. 34. Jesus is not against investment; he isagainst bad investment Jesus is not against investment. He is against bad investment namely, setting your heart on the comforts and securities that money can afford in this world. Money is to be invested for eternal yields in heaven lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven! (John Piper, Desiring God) 35. Application In this world, we will often sacrifice material goods and even welfare. This is glorious. But we do this not because material goods are bad or because it is wrong to have too much, but because there are endeavors of higher importance chief among them becoming like Christ, advancing the work of the Great Commission, and working for the relief of the poor globally. 36. Application 37. Application Oh, that young and old would turn off the television, take a long walk, and dream about feats of courage for a cause ten thousand times more important than American democracyas precious as that is. If we would dream and if we would pray, would not God answer? Would he withhold from us a life of joyful love and mercy and sacrifice that magnifies Christ and makes people glad in God? I plead with you, as I pray for myself, set your face like flint to join Jesus on the Calvary road. Let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come (Hebrews 13:13-14). When they see our sacrificial loveradiant with joywill they not say, Christ is great? (John Piper, Dont Waste Your Life) 38. By the way Material prosperity will remain prosperity B inheavenThe riches of heaven dont mean that it will then be OK to start being lovers of money. We will never be lovers of money. We will use it right and to feel about it as intended actuallyaffirms it more than loving it. 39. Giving Is maximizing our financial giving always the best way to serve others? 40. Our responsibility is to maximize the total good that we do. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to shareJesus example: more than moneyWe all have multiple callings 41. The trade-off 42. Three Examples The project management trade-off Overcapacity and the ringing effect: To get more done, do less Economics: Developing nations sacrifice time for tangible goods; developed nations sacrifice tangible goods for time. 43. Time is the new scarcity. 44. Therefore, sometimes we will need to give less in order to do more good overall. 45. Spend money to make the doing of good easier and more likelyMoney is a tool. Dont be afraid to spend it in order to do good.Systems trump intentions. Set up systems thatwill support your intentions of doing good andbeing organized to do good. This may costmoney. 46. If you didnt believe that, you couldnt exist. 47. Do not be penny wise and pound foolish! 48. Spending Can we glorify God in spending money as well as in giving money? 49. My main problem with Alcorn 50. Alcorn does not seem to affirm clearly how wecan serve God in our spending as well as inour giving 51. Dont have the hot potato view ofmoneyWesley: Money never stays with me. It wouldburn me if it did. I throw it out of my hands as soon as possible, lest it should find its way into my heart. 52. Monetary transactions are good inthemselves Commercial transactions are in themselves good because through them we do good to other people.This is because of the amazing truth that, in mostcases, voluntary commercial transactions benefit both parties.We can imitate Gods attributes each time we buy andsell, if we practice honesty, faithfulness to our commitments, fairness, and freedom of choice. Wayne Grudem, Business to the Glory of God, 36-37 53. In spending our money, we createculture 54. Application See all your spending as manifestations of your calling to create culture in all areas.Dont let us down! 55. If you only think of giving money away as theway to serve people, you will serve them lessthan you ought. You will be outsourcing the creation of culture and not making your owndistinctive contribution. 56. Global Poverty We need to be creative,competent, and audacious in our endeavors to serve the poor. 57. The world is outdoing us in their concern for the poor 58. Competence, first, means understanding economics quot;I believe the only long-term solution to world poverty isbusiness. That is because businesses produce goods, andbusinesses produce jobs. And businesses continueproducing goods year after year, and continue providingjobs and paying wages year after year. Therefore if we areever going to see long-term solutions to world poverty, Ibelieve it will come through starting and maintainingproductive, profitable businessesquot; (pp. 80-81).If this is true, then why is it that the evangelical church almost never talks about a biblical approach to economics, except with regard to personal finances? 59. Creativity means: Pioneering new models and working against thepolicies that create poverty 60. T