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Christians in the 21st Century Economy

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Christians in the 21st Century Economy

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We live in an era when economics and the realities of economic activity worldwide can have a big impact in our lives. What Biblical principles apply to us today?

Sermon Notes

A partial set of notes and Scriptures used: 

Proverbs 30:8 Proverbs 30:8Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
American King James Version×
 Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches— Feed me with the food allotted to me; 
Proverbs 30:9 Proverbs 30:9Lest I be full, and deny you, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
American King James Version×
 Lest I be full and deny You, And say, “Who is the LORD?” Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God. 

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Matthew 25:14 Matthew 25:14For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered to them his goods.
American King James Version×
 ”For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 
Matthew 25:15 Matthew 25:15And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
American King James Version×
 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 
Matthew 25:16 Matthew 25:16Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
American King James Version×
 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 
Matthew 25:17 Matthew 25:17And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
American King James Version×
 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 
Matthew 25:18 Matthew 25:18But he that had received one went and dig in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
American King James Version×
 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 

Matthew 25:19 Matthew 25:19After a long time the lord of those servants comes, and reckons with them.
American King James Version×
 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 
Matthew 25:20 Matthew 25:20And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, you delivered to me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
American King James Version×
 ”So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 
Matthew 25:21 Matthew 25:21His lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter you into the joy of your lord.
American King James Version×
 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 
Matthew 25:22 Matthew 25:22He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, you delivered to me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
American King James Version×
 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 
Matthew 25:23 Matthew 25:23His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter you into the joy of your lord.
American King James Version×
 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 
Matthew 25:24 Matthew 25:24Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew you that you are an hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not strewed:
American King James Version×
 ”Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 
Matthew 25:25 Matthew 25:25And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the earth: see, there you have that is yours.
American King James Version×
 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ 

Matthew 25:26 Matthew 25:26His lord answered and said to him, You wicked and slothful servant, you knew that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strewed:
American King James Version×
 ”But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 
Matthew 25:27 Matthew 25:27You ought therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received my own with usury.
American King James Version×
 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 
Matthew 25:28 Matthew 25:28Take therefore the talent from him, and give it to him which has ten talents.
American King James Version×
 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 
Matthew 25:29 Matthew 25:29For to every one that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that has not shall be taken away even that which he has.
American King James Version×
 ’For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 
Matthew 25:30 Matthew 25:30And cast you the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
American King James Version×
 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 

Exodus 31:3 Exodus 31:3And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
American King James Version×
 And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 
Exodus 31:4 Exodus 31:4To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
American King James Version×
 to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, 
Exodus 31:5 Exodus 31:5And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.
American King James Version×
 in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship. 

(Acts 16:14 Acts 16:14And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended to the things which were spoken of Paul.
American King James Version×
)  Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.
(Acts 16:15 Acts 16:15And when she was baptized, and her household, she sought us, saying, If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.
American King James Version×
)  And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us.

TAKE A LOOK AT what your talents are… TAKE a good hard look. What will you do with those talents… 

What would cause you to bury your talent?
FEAR OF LOSS… !!!

Earning a return on our talents by definition projects us outward - engages us with others.
THE ENEMY wants us to retreat into our little world and stay little… hidden… USELESS……………….

MONEY, money, money
Blessings from God and His plan for us are much greater than anything in this physical world.

Some are overly focused on money and material possessions.
Others take statements in the Scriptures… as being better to be POOR, always struggling… 
(Matthew 6:19 Matthew 6:19Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
American King James Version×
)  ”Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;
(Matthew 6:20 Matthew 6:20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
American King James Version×
)  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
(Matthew 6:21 Matthew 6:21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
American King James Version×
)  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

LIFE IS SHORTIF your focus is on money… that is what you will have… 

At the same time, the Bible indicates that God’s blessing can be reflected in multipying physical blessings.

Deuteronomy 28:1 Deuteronomy 28:1And it shall come to pass, if you shall listen diligently to the voice of the LORD your God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command you this day, that the LORD your God will set you on high above all nations of the earth:
American King James Version×
 ”Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 
Deuteronomy 28:2 Deuteronomy 28:2And all these blessings shall come on you, and overtake you, if you shall listen to the voice of the LORD your God.
American King James Version×
 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God: 
Deuteronomy 28:3 Deuteronomy 28:3Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field.
American King James Version×
 ”Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. 
(Deuteronomy 28:4 Deuteronomy 28:4Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your cows, and the flocks of your sheep.
American King James Version×
)  ”Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.

(Deuteronomy 28:8 Deuteronomy 28:8The LORD shall command the blessing on you in your storehouses, and in all that you set your hand to; and he shall bless you in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
American King James Version×
)  ”The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
(Deuteronomy 28:11 Deuteronomy 28:11And the LORD shall make you plenteous in goods, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your ground, in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you.
American King James Version×
)  And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you.
(Deuteronomy 28:12 Deuteronomy 28:12The LORD shall open to you his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain to your land in his season, and to bless all the work of your hand: and you shall lend to many nations, and you shall not borrow.
American King James Version×
)  The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
(Romans 12:6 Romans 12:6Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
American King James Version×
)  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;
(Romans 12:8 Romans 12:8Or he that exhorts, on exhortation: he that gives, let him do it with simplicity; he that rules, with diligence; he that shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
American King James Version×
)  he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

KEY POINTS
Are we pursuing a goal of life-long education?

Matthew 4:4 Matthew 4:4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
American King James Version×
… a LIVE LONG LEARNING plan to learn and live by the words of the BIBLE.
Better mental and physical health…  IF you learn on the job and do it better… you may progress there as well.

HOW do we become educated in being wise stewards of the money we are given?

Are you INTENTIONAL with your money? 

Are you faithfully tithing?
Deut 14:22  TRY me…. TEST GOD and HIS Faithfulness… in 2nd TITHE.
Tithing is about PUTTING GOD FIRST.
When we Tithe we HAVE TO KNOW WHERE THE MONEY ISSSSSSSSS GOING.