Budgeting

Reading Schedule: 

READING FOR WORSHIP GUIDE: John 5: 1-8 

Sunday 

11/4 

Proverbs Ch. 4; Hebrews 11: 1-22  

Monday 

11/5 

Proverbs Ch. 5; John 5: 1-15 

Tuesday 

11/6 

Proverbs Ch. 6; Proverbs 27: 23-27; Proverbs 24: 27 

Wednesday 

11/7 

Proverbs Ch. 7; Matthew 25: 14-30 

Thursday 

11/8 

Proverbs Ch. 8; Proverbs 3:9-10; Proverbs 11:24-26 

Friday 

11/9 

Proverbs Ch. 9; Proverbs 6: 1-8;  

Saturday 

11/10 

Proverbs Ch. 10; Matthew 22:15-22 

Pleasing God Through How I Handle Money – Budgeting 

John 5: 1-8 – Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals.2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate(A) a pool, which in Aramaic(B) is called Bethesda[a] and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.[4] [b] 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” 

7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” 

8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”(C) 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. 

Tools Included in the Series: 

  1. Giving 

  1. Tithes – 1/10 of the increase God has given me 

  1. Offerings – gifts above the tithe that bless others 

  1. Special or Sacrificial Gifts  

  1. Planning (Budgeting) – The fundamental tool that enables us to control our money so that it doesn’t end up controlling us. 

  1. Debt (Bondage) operate in freedom 

  1. Saving (Freedom) make money work for you 

  1. Net Worth (Wealth) the true measure of wealth 

Mission Statement 

At Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, we Magnify God by developing Christ-like Maturity in God's people, moving them from Membership to Discipleship, preparing them for Ministry to others, and for the Mission of sharing the gospel. 

Values 

Members are taught to tithe …so the Body remains focused on the true purpose of the Church, sharing the gospel. 

Hebrews 11:6 – TO RECEIVE WHAT GOD HAS FOR US REQUIRES FAITH – And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him(I) must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 

  1. Faith pleases God. 

  1. That is the relationship God wants with us – one of deep abiding faith! 

  1. Faith is the active belief that God is who God says God is! 

  1. Most people quote only the first part of Hebrews 11: 6 —“without faith it is impossible to please God”.  

  1. Yet, it goes on to say, “ anyone who comes to him(I) must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”.  

  1. Principle #1 –  The faith that pleases God is the kind of faith that believes God exists and that He is a rewarder. 

BUDGETING (PLANNING) 

CHANGE 

John 5: 1-14 – “Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals.2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate(A) a pool, which in Aramaic(B) is called Bethesda[a] and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.[4] [b] 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” 
7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” 
8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”(C) 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. 
 

  1. Invalid (transitive verb) – to remove from active duty by reason of sickness or disability 

  1. The man by the pool was removed from active duty because of his disability. 

  1. We are removed from active duty in the kingdom because of money issues, placed by the side of the pool waiting for someone to do for us, when God sent us to the world, the City, the neighborhood, the job, the family to advance the kingdom of God! 
    GOD SENT ME TO YOU! 

  1. CHANGE 

  1. In any proposition of life where improvement is to take place there are two chairs a person can sit in.  

  1. Change is the 1st chair.  It allows the person to experience the benefits of the proposition being presented. 

  1. Resistance is the 2nd chair.  It holds on to one’s current position denying the benefits of the proposition being presented. 

  1. Sources of resistance –  

  1. Generational curses – spiritual and/or emotional bondage passed down within a family, workplace, church, community, ethnic group, etc.  For thirty-eight years someone brought him to the pool.   

  1. Who are you carrying? 

  1. Who’s carrying you? 

  1. Fear – the anticipation of pain 

  1. Habits – repetitive thoughts and actions 

  1. Complacency – The attitude and habit of not doing, rooted in acceptance of my current condition. 

  1. Jesus doesn’t sit in either chair – change or resistance 

  1. Jesus stands before us and offers proposition of life where improvement is to take place (v.6) – “Do you want to get well?” 

  1. The man chooses which chair he’s going to sit in – he chooses resistance. (v.7) 

  1. Implied in verse is phrase, “Yeah, but I…” 

  1. The man resists the proposition for an improved life, what are reasonable explanations for remaining in his current condition. 

  1. Jesus doesn’t attempt to convince the man to get out of the chair of resistance and move to the chair of change.  Jesus only reminds the man of WHY the man is there in the first place by saying, the reason you came here was, so you could “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 

  1. Remember the WHY in your worship! 

  1. Remember the WHY in your prayers! 

  1. You came looking for a better life! 

  1. You’re seeking God’s answers! 

  1. You’re not being offered rules, you’re being offered tools to thrive in life, to live the abundant life Christ came that you may have! 

  1. Our discussions and lesson on budgeting, saving, debt and wealth will require every person in Quinn, including the Pastor and 1st Lady to decide in which chair we will sit.  

  1. Budget – The fundamental tool that enables us to control our money so that it doesn’t end up controlling us. 

Budgeting -Income & Expenses 

Proverbs 27:23-27 – Income 

  1. Proverbs 27:23 – Know what I have; It’s not, “When I have plenty of money, I’ll begin to manage it.”  It’s “When I begin to manage it, I’ll have plenty of money.”  (T. Harv Ecker – Secrets of the Millionaire Mind) 

  1. Review the condition of my finances;  

  1. Take stock of my assets because where attention flows results grow.  

  1. Take care of finances daily and they will benefit me and God. 

  1. One thing virtually all wealthy people have in common is they’re good at managing their money. 

  1. Wealthy people aren’t any smarter, they just have better money management habits. 

  1. Managing money doesn’t restrict freedom, it promotes freedom. (T. Harv Ecker – Secrets of the Millionaire Mind) 

When was the last time you reviewed your income (the money you bring in) and your assets (the value of the money, property, land, and material items you possess)? 

  1. Proverbs 27:24 – Money can fly through my hands;  

  1. To master money I must manage money. (T. Harv Ecker – Secrets of the Millionaire Mind) 

  1. Markets will fall;  

  1. Things can change quickly. 

  1. Proverbs 27:25-27 – Handled correctly I receive clothing, shelter, food – more than my needs. 

  1. Hay is very sensitive to weather conditions, especially when it is harvested.  

  1. In drought conditions, both seed and leaf production are stunted, making hay that has a high ratio of dry coarse stems that have very low nutritional values.  

  1. If the weather is too wet, the cut hay may spoil in the field before it can be baled.  

  1. Thus the biggest challenge and risk for farmers in producing hay crops is the weather, especially the weather of the particular few weeks when the plants are at the best age/maturity for hay.  

  1. A lucky break in the weather often moves the haymaking tasks (such as mowing, tedding, and baling) to the top priority on the farm's to-do list.  

  1. This is reflected in the expression to make hay while the sun shines.  

  1. Hay that was too wet at cutting may develop rot and mold after being baled, creating the potential for toxins to form in the feed, which could make the animals sick.  

Proverbs 24:27 – Expenses 

  1. Proverbs 24:27 – Prioritize use; first things first; Needs before wants; business before pleasure. 

  1. Fields ready = job, savings, priority, vision, character, don’t start in the hole, develop the right habits. 

  1. Don’t eat the seed – keep the water pump primed 

  1. Plan your spending. 

  1. Avoid impulse buying. 

  1. The habit of managing my money is more important than the amount. (T. Harv Ecker – Secrets of the Millionaire Mind) 

God places value on prioritizing the use of what He’s given us.  Can you identify some ways you’re handling money that God may be pleased by?  How about those that would not please God? 

THE UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLE OF MANAGEMENT: 

  1. Matthew 25: 14-30 – The story of the talents of gold. 

  1. Matthew 25: 28-29 – “So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” 

  1. Jesus asks, “What did you do with what I gave you? 
    Until you show you can handle what you’ve got, you won’t get any more! (T. Harv Ecker – Secrets of the Millionaire Mind) 

  1. Proverbs 3:9-10 – Give God His FIRST! 

  1. Proverbs 11:24-26 – Give to others – share with the poor. 

  1. Proverbs 6:6-8 – Save for the future. 

  1. Proverbs 24:27 – Do work first.  Cover business expenses. 

  1. Proverbs 27:26-27 – Put aside clothing, shelter, food, utilities, and transportation expenses. 

  1. Matthew 22:15-22 – Pay your taxes. 

  1. Proverbs 6:1-5 – Get out of debt – pay my bills. 

Today’s automated banking and bill paying makes executing your plan simpler than ever.  Set up automated payments whenever possible.  This affords you the assistance of having high priority matters addressed before other spending is done. 

For simple budgeting worksheets and advice on how to better manage the money God has placed under your charge, go to: http://www.betterbudgeting.com/budgetformsfree-basicbudgeting.htm 

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  1. God’s desire is for deep relationship with His people. 

  1. Trust is suspending my own ideas and thinking bigger than my limited capacities.  (Luke1:38) 

  1. Trust is thinking on the scale of God’s plans for my life (Luke1:38) 

  1. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD! (Luke 1:37) 

  1. What God desires above acts of faith is our deep and abiding TRUST! 

MIRACLES HAPPEN AT THE LEVEL OF RELATIONSHIP WHERE I PUT MY TRUST IN GOD! 

Date Preached
November 4, 2018

Speaker
Rev. James M. Moody, Sr.

Series
Pleasing God Through How I Handle Money

Bible Verse
John 5: 1-15

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