Sun, 27 December 2009
This podcast includes: Brad Layland and Pat Rhoades discuss the Bible and money with Greg Lehman.
This is the first of a 4-part series. According to Brad, there are more verses where Jesus is talking about money than any other. Greg Lehman lives in
Paul really gives us a model for being supported through gifts in Philippians 4: 10 – 20. The process of being supported in ministry is very biblical. Pat has a convertible in his garage. The first person who emails email@example.com and says “convertible” will win a $5 Starbucks gift card. Pat’s quite the entrepreneur and instead of using his skill to make millions of dollars, he’s chosen to use his gifts to serve the Lord in ministry. The Lord gives us our talents. There are a lot of people who are good at making money around Pat and they’re givers. God has called us to be fishers of men and to help others develop the gift of giving. Each of us has gifts. We recruited Greg from a career making more money, in a more prestigious job as a bank manager.
Brad likes 2nd Corinthians, Chap 8 Where Paul is praising the
Pat likes Psalms 23, where David says, “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.” That’s a key verse for us in ministry. We surrender ourselves to the Lord and say, “Lord this is your deal, I’m giving this up to you.” The Lord does a mysterious thing. When we surrender our lives he’ll do something in our life. I’ve told new staff that I don’t know how God is going to make up the difference for them financially but I know God will show up in some way we didn’t expect and unveil a miracle. The point of this podcast this week is to all of you volunteers and committee people, that raising money is hard but it is a biblical deal. We see Paul talking about it and churches doing it. We see the message to trust the Lord in it all. So we want to validate it as a very appropriate way to serve in life. When Brad’s dad initially heard that he’d put Brad though college and then Brad was going to go on Young Life staff his dad was disappointed. He didn’t think it was worthy. Since then Brad’s dad has been an adult guest to camp and after that he told Brad he’d been wrong, and he was so glad Brad was working for Young Life. The world doesn’t really recognize this as a legitimate job. “OK so you’ve got a job and now you have to raise your support? That’s not really a job!” But it is, because we have this great biblical example. Greg will be back next week for part 2 of The Bible and Money series. Next week we’ll be giving away a new Message New Testament.
Remember to maximize your time for ministry with kids you need to realize that the Bible has a lot to say about money.