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Money is one of those topics at church that can make people a little bit uncomfortable. After all, what does money have to do with our faith? Well, I have it on pretty good authority that it actually has a lot to do with our faith. That authority is no less than God’s Word.
The Bible references money and our possessions more than 2,000 times. That seems like an awful lot of teaching on financial matters, but it really makes sense that money is addressed so often. After all, God cares about every aspect of our life: our relationship with Him, our relationships with others, and all of the things that impact those relationships. And money is one of those things. Financial matters drive so much of our behavior and have a huge impact on those closest to us. You can ask any marriage counselor. If a married couple is having problems, the most likely reason is financial stress. And regardless of our age or marital status, financial worries can be one of our biggest causes of anxiety.
Even if you're ready to take steps to deal with your family’s finances, the sheer volume of financial advice available can sometimes cause confusion and even offer conflicting advice. But a lot of good biblical teaching can be distilled down to a simple plan of generosity, planning, and smart spending. Here at Southland we call that 10-10-80.
The 10-10-80 plan starts with the simple yet powerful premise that everything belongs to God. And even though it all belongs to him, God just asks for us to give 10% back to Him. Think about it. It’s like he gave us a $10 bill and just asked for $1 back. When it’s all said and done, we’re still blessed to have $9! But more importantly, if it all belongs to God, giving back 10% to Him is something we should want to do. And we get it – grabbing your checkbook isn’t always the first thing on your mind when you leave for church on the weekend. So, we want to make it as easy as possible by offering online giving. All you have to do is sign up for an account.
And while giving 10% to God is a great place to start, it’s important to also prioritize your budget to allow you to save 10% for your future and, ultimately, learn how to live on 80%. A great resources available to help you learn how to make those hard changes in your budget is the Financial Peace University class. Check out Financial Peace to learn more and find some classes offered in our area or even take an online class. You can also get connected with a Life Coach at Southland who can come alongside you and provide both the encouragement and the information to help you improve your financial stability. Contact Candy for more information on Life Coaches.
Whatever your next step is, we encourage you to pray about how God might be leading you to help support the ministry and life transformation that happens around here.