1 Tim. 6:6-19
Fr. Dave Currie
What picture best captures the purpose of money in your life?
How might God want to change your primary picture?
How would that look practically?
These are some of the questions that Fr. Dave Currie will be leading us to ask as his sermon explores how we can be “all in” with Jesus with our financial capital.
After the service, in Cross Training, we’ll do some exercises in “Taking Stock of Finances”
Home Groups in the coming week will venture into chapters 5 & 6 of Oikonomics.
And, I hope, many of us will experiment with the Spiritual Practices of Simplicity & Stewardship
What’s the Practice of Simplicity?
Simplicity cultivates desire to uncomplicate and untangle life in order to focus on what really matters: the with-God-in-everything Life. Simplicity is the art of letting go, aimed at loosening inordinate attachment to owning and having. It’s a practice that, practiced with Jesus, develops spiritual freedom and godly generosity.
How is Simplicity Practiced?
We can do a self-assessment: “what are the things and activities that keep life convoluted, complicated and confusing?” Then we can prayerfully seek the Spirit’s leading and wisdom to let go of one or more of these things. We can do some “downsizing” of thing things we own (and that sometimes “own” us) by decluttering spaces, donating excess, or discarding junk. We can deliberately choose simple pleasures that require no financial expenses or intensive intellectual resources (creativity, concentration). We can give things we own and value to people God brings into our lives, prayerfully asking who we could bless by giving a particular item.
What Might Grow from Simplicity?
Simplicity can open space and time for loving God and others. It can reshape how we speak and listen. It can free us from envy and entitlement. It can loosen the grip of things on our sense of identity and security.
What’s the Practice of Stewardship?
Stewardship cultivates desire to live as a manager or caretaker of God’s resources in all areas of life, treating nothing as if it were permanently our own. Stewardship is the voluntary and generous offering of “capital”–physical, relational, intellectual, financial, and spiritual–for the benefit and love of God and others.
How is Stewardship Practiced?
Stewardship often starts with money, because finances provide a sort of “dashboard” for attending to our heart’s direction. Stewardship can start with “tithing”–making a regular, specific-amount gift to God through my local church. It can grow by making “offerings” beyond the tithe–occasional, variable-amount gifts to God through my local church, specific organizations, or particular people. Stewardship can broaden by practicing “secret giving”–providing a prayerfully directed special yet anonymous gift to another person to meet a need or provide encouragement.
What Might Grow from Stewardship?
Stewardship of money, done in conversation with Jesus, opens up opportunity for hospitality toward others. We develop experiences of participation in God’s generosity. We find greater freedom within circumstances to invest other forms of “capital” attuned to the Holy Spirit.
(notes on Simplicity and Stewardship adapted from Adele A. Calhoun’s book A Spiritual Disciplines Handbook)