Christ and Cash

Bernard Gabbott - Sunday, 12 June 2022

Christ and Cash

In the first sermon in our series, ‘Christ and…’, we saw three building blocks:  there is a King, and His name is Jesus;  Jesus is interested in image-bearers of God;  and this kingdom has a message to tell the world. Those building blocks are remarkably helpful in thinking through Christ and cash. As Jesus starts His first training session with His disciples – kind of like a citizenship induction course – in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), He wants them to know that they are part of His kingdom by being connected to Him, that in this kingdom God is their Father, and that the kingdom priorities are the focus – God’s mob are focused on serving their King and being interested in His image-bearers. That means, they have no need to worry about their material wealth, or to focus on storing up assets and investments and possessions here – their Father knows what they need! Instead, they can focus on God’s kingdom!

Scripture References: Matthew 6:19-34, Psalms 49:1-20, Romans 12:1-2

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One of my favourite verses from the Bible is Romans 12:1-2: Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. This is the memory verse for this series (which will be scattered throughout the term: ‘Christ and…’). The whole thrust of these two verses is that, because of God’s mercy (the good news of Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection, for our sins), we are to be completely transformed as God’s people, in every area of life—we are his people, and so we give him what he deserves (our whole existence). This will affect how we view every facet of life—and in this series we will look at three: politics (Christ and crown), money (Christ and cash) and ethics (Christ and conscience).


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