When does giving become religious?
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Money has power. We have all felt it feed our greed or suck like a leech at our souls. In our consumer-oriented society it has to be disarmed, or it will consume us with credit-card debt and gambling addictions.
How we deal with money, according to Tim Stafford in his article on the “Anatomy of a Giver,” “shows something about a person’s soul.” Each generation must face its response to Jesus’ challenge in the Sermon on the Mount: “You cannot serve both God and money.” This study will examine how we can break the power money has over us by becoming generous.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:19–24; Luke 12:13–21; 2 Corinthians 8:1–15; 9:6–15; James 4:1–3
Identify the Current Issue
Discover the Eternal Principles
Teaching point one: Desire is part of the human condition.
Teaching point two: Dealing with our money and possessions affects our souls.
Teaching point three: We must actively pursue a course of charitable giving in order to defuse the power of wealth.
Apply Your Findings
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
Anatomy of a Giver, by Tim Stafford (1997, 15 printed pages)
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