1 Corinthians 16:1-2
Dr. Jerry Nelson
Mark Powell in his book, Giving to God, tells the story, maybe the fable, of the ancient war-like Gauls living then in what is now France and Belgium.
When the Romans Empire conquered that part of the world, Christian missionaries followed to convert the Gauls. Many Gauls became Christians but the story is told that when a Gaul was baptized he would hold one of his arms out of the water.
The missionaries soon learned why.
When the next battle broke out the Gaul would grab his club or sword saying this arm was not baptized and he would enter into vicious battle against his enemy. Mark Allen Powell Giving to God, xi,xii That sounds like too many Christians.
When they are baptized they hold their wallet, their money, out of the water, as if it is uninfluenced by their commitment to Christ.
Last Sunday I spoke of God’s redeeming goal for his creation.
Today I want to talk more specifically about the place of our money in that redeeming work of God. We understand that money is only one part of our lives.
Our lives entail not only money but also our time, abilities and desires among other things.
But most of us know there is probably nothing else that demonstrates who we really are better than how we use money. Matthew 6:21 “For where you treasure is there will your heart be also.” Read More