Money and the Consecrated Life (part 4)


The consecrated life is the life of a Jesus follower.  It is a unique “set apart” life with Jesus leading and me following.   How do I follow Jesus with my money?

Part 1 - Jesus On Money!

Part 2 – First Things First!

Part 3 – The First Best Step!

Part 4 - Excel in the Grace of Giving

2 Corinthians 8 7 
But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

A Vision for Exceptional Generosity 

2 Corinthians 8 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity…… And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.

How do I follow Jesus with my money?

Start Well – by “bringing the first-tenth” to God! 

Excel Well – in a joy filled life of exceptional generosity.  You can’t out give God!

Fight Well – We live in a world at war and “money” is a major battle we are born again to win! 

1 Timothy 6 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

Study Guide

Solitude, Scripture & Prayer 

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend TWO minutes quietly alone.  Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me? 

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Finish - Spend TWO minutes again with God

The readings this week help us unpack God’s vision for “exceptional generosity”. 

Monday – 2 Corinthians 8:1-7

Tuesday – 2 Corinthians 8:8-15

Wednesday – 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

Thursday – 1 Timothy 6:6-19

Friday – Luke 6:37-38

Saturday – Psalm 1


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