The title above is directly taken from Ps Mark Mitchell’s blog.
Exactly 2 years ago, I chanced about his series of 8 sermons under this main heading, and deem it to be the most comprehensive and balanced treatise on money from a biblical perspective. I even wrote to him asking for permission to extract it for circulation to others.
As Jesus and the scriptures taught much and hinted clearly on money matters, the diverse teachings coming from the pulpit and publications can really be a conundrum. I suppose when my church expound on the promises of God to enrich us, promote our status in life, it is holding up to God Who seeks to bless us in all ways according to our inheritance in Christ. I fully understand this as a key tenet of the Word of Faith proponents, of which my church is built upon. (However, I notice of late, during the current teaching series on the Harpazo / Rapture, there is a gradual switch towards the stewardship of our riches for God’s kingdom rather than for our own benefit. Previously there were arguments that material blessings would be irrelevant in heaven where the streets are paved with gold, hence it is for our earthly inheritance. I truly hope this will be a permanent emphasis, as consistency from the pulpit can be difficult given the nature of sermonizing to a diverse audience). But I was also aware of many others who hold on to other convictions, and how proof-texts from the bible could be abused to support various agenda.
Hence, Pastor Mark Mitchell’s teaching on this is really the most balanced I’ve come across ‘reflecting on this matter, trusting the Lord will give me insight into all this (2 Tim 2:7). While Ps Mark’s sermons are conversational in style and delivery, unlike a clearly defined teaching article, the content is truly as complete as any teaching on money I’ve come across; his sermon series are as shown below :-
1. My Heart and My Money
2. The Lord’s Heart and the Lord’s Money
3. God Vs. Money (Part One)
4. God Vs. Money (Part Two)
5. The Heart of Giving
6. Pay What You Owe
7. Family Finances
8. Poverty and Riches