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Money

Is giving to the church a good investment?

Jesus makes it clear that giving to the kingdom of God is one of the best investments we can make in our lives. See Matthew 6:19-21 where He says:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

No economic downturn can affect such an investment - because it is kept in heaven for us! (see 1 Peter 1:4)

Tithing and giving to those in need

A Scenario: A Christian needs to pay his Tithe of probably £500, and he stumbles on a fellow who is dying. The same amount will probably be the life line that will save him. Should he go ahead and pay the Tithe to God, or rather spend it on the dying fellow?

Stewardship

Stewardship is best described as "managing the affairs of another person". Historically the term would have been used of the household manager (an employee of the master of the house) who had responsibility to deal with domestic affairs. They would often manage the accounts and ensure other employees received wages etc. Characteristics of these stewards would include trustworthiness, loyalty to the master, fair dealings with others and the desire to act in the best interest of the Master at all times.

How should I pray for prosperity?

The Bible does not teach us to pray for our prosperity! Instead the Lord Jesus himself taught that we are to pray for God’s will to be done and to ask Him to give us what we need in order to serve Him. In other words we should pray that God’s kingdom advances and grows and is prosperous! See Matthew 6:9-15.

In fact the Bible says that when we pray for our own selfish desires we are unlikely to receive what we’ve asked for. See James 4:3: When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. (NIV)

How can riches be meaningless?

In Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12 King Solomon looked back over his life and concluded that his great riches and wealth were meaningless.

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