If you missed David speaking on Sunday about financial capital, or want to listen to it again, then you can do here. There is also a link to the Prezi he used below, for those of you who want to see this.
Over the past month or so the news has been dominated by the Greece financial crisis. All this is a direct result of the worldwide financial crash of a few years ago. Finance and investment is a big deal for the whole world right now. The financial crisis has made us all more focused on getting value for money.
Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly thinking about
- How to invest our time
- Which relationships to invest in
- How to invest our money
So we need to be asking:
“What does our investment look like from a ‘kingdom of God’ perspective?”
Over the last five Central Gatherings we have been talking about the ‘Five Capitals’:
Spiritual, Relational, Physical, Intellectual; Today we are looking at the last of the five capitals: How will we invest our financial resources in pursuing the Kingdom of God?
What is God saying to you & what are you going to do about it?
Jesus taught his disciples how to invest their time, energy, and money for a bigger return than just financial reward.
The Gospels are filled with parables and conversations around money, capital and investment.
In Matthew 13 we are given five parables about the ‘Kingdom of God’.
These parables show us that we need to sow, to search for and to sift out the Kingdom. There is work involved. They show us we need to invest in the Kingdom of God.
The good news that Jesus announced was that the true wealth of a life with God in his kingdom was now available to everyone. And you do not need to be rich to obtain it. It’s like a treasure a man found in a field, Jesus said. In his joy, he sold everything he had and bought the field! Or it’s like the merchant when he found a fine pearl he went away and sold everything and brought it. Do you realise that it is well worth trading the temporal for the eternal? It’s a much better investment.
It’s said that, Martin Luther, the man who began the Protestant movement, stressed these three types of conversions: conversion of the head, conversion of the heart, and conversion of the wallet.
Jesus talked about money quite a bit. He talked about how we could turn it into an idol, if we are relying on it for significance or security. But he also affirmed that it’s simply a form of capital that allows us to invest in other capitals that are worth more.
When did you last asses you finances in the light of your giving and investment in God’s kingdom?
Every year we should be doing a financial audit.
Ask yourself what am I investing in financially?
Often this will reveal to you what you see as important.
Now read Matthew 6 v 19-21.
The money image is by Lawrence Lew on Flickr
Intellectual Capital is not just about how clever we are.
It’s basically every skill, idea, wisdom, bit of knowledge and creativity we have, and God can and wants to use that to bless ourselves and others, and he wants to multiply that for the growth of His Kingdom in Harrogate and beyond.
Many of you are already investing your intellectual capital as a basis for your community – Resurrection Bikes and Stuffers for example – keep going with that! Some of you may want to increase your intellectual capital in order to be able to better invest. Carl & Georgie for example had to find out all sorts of things about homelessness in Harrogate, what services were already available etc as they started Lifeline. Now they are using that knowledge to help others and see the Kingdom come. It can be useful to think about using what we know or what we’re good at in order to build further relationships with people. For example I am using what I know about teaching music in our kids’ school, in order to build relationships and bless them.
Remember – intellectual capital is not given or to be used so that we feel clever or smug. 1 Corinthians 8:1-2 “Knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church. Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much.”
Jesus wants us to learn His way of life, His gentle and humble way (Matthew 11:25-29). Are we still turning to Jesus to find out the best way to live life since He is the most brilliant person who has ever walked the earth? And are we helping those in our MSCs and around us to learn from Jesus too, or do we more often offer ‘popular’ wisdom which isn’t always the same as God’s wisdom?
Have a great week everyone.
To hear more about how to grow and invest intellectual capital you can listen to Helen’s sermon here. You can also find all our sermons and posts about the 5 capitals here.
The Intellectual Capital image was made using notegraphy.
Last Sunday, Helen spoke on using our intellectual capital for the good of the Kingdom. If you missed it, or want to hear it again, you can listen to it here.
We had a couple of problems with the recording on the day so there is a short bit of the talk missing in the middle.
At 9am Communion last Sunday David Williamson was speaking about the conversion of Saul from Acts 9.
David reminded us that conversion is always an act of God’s grace and nothing is going to get in the way of it! God in his goodness steps towards us and gives us the strength to respond to him.
Saul had been persecuting the young church and God intervened. Jesus met Saul on the road even when Saul could not recognise him. God spoke to him and then provided someone (Ananais) to pray for him, care for him and help him make sense of the encounter with God that he had just experienced.
David asked us three questions, which I want to pose to you –
How did you come to faith?
When did you last tell someone about your conversion?
Do you celebrate your conversion?
Let’s be people who acknowledge and celebrate what God is doing in our lives. Let’s also commit ourselves to looking for people with whom God is working (we describe them as people of peace), share with them what God is doing in our lives and help them make sense of their own experiences of Him.
Have a great week! Ben