FINANCIAL CONNECTION: It is the goal of the OroNaz Finance Team to keep this church family updated on our financial blessing and challenges. Through this expanded Financial Connection we will share biblical teachings that direct the decisions made by the CLT and we hope you can find application to your life as well.
This month we’ll focus on the Love of Money.
Have you ever heard the saying “money is the root of all evil”? Although this saying basically comes from the Bible, it’s not exactly what the Bible says.
In 1 Timothy 6:9-10, the apostle Paul wrote, “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
Some in the church have a belief that money is evil; however, in scripture we see that it is our relationship with money that is the bigger factor. As we have been walking through John together as a congregation, we can compare Paul’s writing in 1 Timothy to Jesus’ words in John 15:9 & 12, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love…My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.” Christ tells us that nothing should get in the way of our relationship with Him. As we love our neighbors, we are loving God. This is why the love of money is so dangerous. Money can become an idol that gets in the way of our relationship with our Heavenly Father. When money is first in our life, Christ is not. In Matthew 6:24, Jesus specifically tells us, “...You cannot serve both God and money.” If this is the case, how can we serve God and have a healthy, Godly perspective of our finances?
Later in his letter to Timothy, Paul continued, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” (1 Timothy 6:17)
This verse is for ALL of us, regardless of our income or social status. We are all called to love God, putting Him as the greatest priority in our life. Simply put, to remain in His love we must put our hope in God and His provision for our lives; not in money, not in financial security, not in our ability to provide for ourselves. Because we are called to love God and love each other, then we must honor God with our finances by giving generously to those in need and by tithing so that the church can extend love and care to those in the community.
August Financial Summary: August is the 6th month of the annual budget year that runs March 2022 to February 2023. Thank you for your continued financial commitment; it is a testament to what God is doing in us and through us.
Our Pastor, CLT, Treasurer and Finance Team welcomes your questions and feedback. Please email the Finance Team at firstname.lastname@example.org to start a conversation.
Besides the financial report, some have asked about getting minutes of CLT meetings. To request a copy of past approved CLT minutes email CLT@oronaz.org.