Sunday, September 18, 2022

Bible Study with the Cincotti's - Biblical Finances - 09/18/2022


Today's Bible Study, Authored by Arthur Cincotti. 09/18/2022

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Biblical Finances


“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Jn. 10:10


The abuse of money, or what the Bible calls “increase” (which can be translated revenue) has caused untold havoc in our fallen world. Empires, nations, communities, families, and individual lives suffer under the weight of ignorance and disobedience.


Money and finances is the number one topic of the Biblical narrative. There are 500 verses on prayer, fewer than 500 verses on faith, but more than 2,300 verses on money and possessions, Fifteen percent of everything Jesus said had to do with it.


It is important to begin by saying that God is indifferent regarding money. Some of His greatest agents, like Abraham, Job and Solomon had great wealth, while others like Gideon, Amos, and John the Baptist seemed to have meager means. Jesus Himself had,  “no place to lay His head” Mt. 8:20. The condition of the heart, and the approach to gain is far more important in God’s economy.


“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, for which have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” I Tim. 6:10


Tithe is a good place to start!

         At Rock Solid Church we have always taught that tithing is to demonstrate our victory over greed. It’s more for us than it is for God. He owns everything. Essentially it means a tenth. It is the OT principle that acknowledges God supplies our needs. See Deu. 26

Also read Mal. 3:8-12

New Testament perspective.

         The NT does not compel tithing, since we are free, and no longer under the law. II Cor. 9:7, “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.” This may well exceed a tithe. Indeed, Jesus said. “...for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Lk. 7:47. Love compels us to give.


         We also understand, from the NT that, “do you not are not your own? For you were bought at a price...” I Cor. 6:20,21 From this we draw the understanding that God owns everything, including us, and we are stewards over our lives and His creation. A steward is an overseer, fiscal agent, governor, and is also translated preacher.


         In yet a deeper, richer sense our entire lives; all that we have and all that we are is an offering unto God. Rom 12:1 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present you bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” And Col. 3:17 says, “And whatever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”


         These are deeper than just financial principles, but life changing truths that govern who we are in Gods’ universe, and what His expectation of us is. I Cor. 4:7 says, “And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?


It is humbling to realize that, “we bought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” I Tim. 6:7


The Biblical approach to finances embraces the truth that God loves us, and we can trust Him to care for us.


Let’s close with Mt. 6:19-34, and Phil. 4:19

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