This month, we have been embarking on a congregation-wide study and worship emphasis called "Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity." In October and November, we will look at some of the financial challenges facing us as a nation and examine our own spending, saving, and giving habits. In addition to exploring biblical principles of financial management, we will learn ways to assess our financial situation and develop a financial plan that will allow us to experience the true joy that comes through simplicity and generosity. At the end of the emphasis, we will have the opportunity to make personal commitments of giving for the coming year. We will consecrate these commitments on Sunday, November 11 and 18, You are encouraged to join the Enough small-group study on Wednesdays at 6 PM.
There are files below containing the letters we have sent out, in addition to other information related to this study. Please check those out! And keep checking back here for new resources and more information!
This is the handout we distributed on Sunday, October 14:
Six Key Financial Principles
to Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity
1. Put God first in your living and giving. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
2. Prepare a spending plan and track all expenses monthly. (Proverbs 27:23-24)
3. Simplify your lifestyle; live below your means. (Matthew 6:19-33)
4. Provide immediately for an emergency fund. (1 Timothy 6:9-12)
5. Pay off all credit card debt and use cash, not credit cards. (Proverbs 22:7)
6. Practice long-range saving and investing habits. (Luke 14:28)
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