We go to schools to become equipped to earn it. Then we spend the rest of our lives getting it. We invest countless hours in thought and discussion on how we’re going to handle it. We walk around shopping malls determining how we’re going to spend it. We get caught up worrying that we won’t have enough of it. We dream and scheme to figure out ways to acquire more of it. Arguments over it are the leading cause of marital disintegration, business partner breakups and government shutdowns. The obsession with getting more of it destroys many lives. Its absence causes endless nightmares. Some call it the root of all evil. Others call it the means for great good. But we cannot afford to ignore the reality or the importance of money.
Neither does St. Paul. The apostle’s most thorough teaching about money is in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9. It is fitting that our fall stewardship emphasis be based upon these two chapters. I’m calling our campaign, “Money Matters.” Sermons include:
October 8--“The Macedonian Model” (2 Corinthians 8:1–9)
October 15--“Hey, Big Spender!” (2 Corinthians 9:1–7)
October 22--“Sowing and Harvesting” (2 Corinthians 9:8–15)
My Sunday morning Adult Bible Class builds upon these messages. After learning more about Paul’s offering for the poor Christians in Jerusalem—which undergirds 2 Corinthians 8 and 9—we will take a decidedly practical turn to look at what the Bible teaches about earning, saving, investing and giving money. The plans are as follows:
An Overview of 2 Corinthians 8–9
‘Til Debt Do Us Part!
I invite you to join us as Paul instructs both the Corinthians and us on “Money Matters.”