This past month my church has been in the midst of a 3.5 million capital campaign to renovate the gym, education spaces, kitchen, and chancel, as well as creating a new fine arts space. Anyone who has been a part of a captial campaign knows that a big undertaking this is. From creating initial plans, to raising money, and don’t get me started on what will happen when construction actually begins.
Initially when I was charged with the task of teaching youth about money and possessions over the course of 4 weeks and encouraging them to make their own sacrifice to the campaign, I honestly felt like I was the last person qualified to talk about money. But as I thought about it more, I have both made some really great decisions about money and have handled my finances wisely, as well as had some moments where I have made some missteps, that I have learned from. I’d like to spend some time sharing what I have taught my youth about money. We’ve have some great conversations!
To kick off my thoughts about money, here are some pretty amazing facts about how frequently money and possessions are mentioned in the Bible.
- 16 of the 38 parable of Jesus deal with how to handle money and possessions.
- 288 verses in the gospels (about 1 out of 10) deal with money
- Over 2000 verses deal with money and possessions, compared with only 500 on prayer and less than 500 on faith
- Jesus said more about money than heaven and hell combined.
As much as money is mentioned in the Bible, how often do we talk about it beyond a stewardship campaign? I know I have rarely given time to teaching about money with my youth.
I am excited to continue sharing my reflections.
In my next post I will reflect some on what society has to say about money.