You’re probably used to hearing people in church talk about giving. But when was the last time in church that you talked about earning or saving? Is it unchristian to earn money? Is it wrong to save for ourselves and our families?
John Wesley didn’t think so. Wesley, the Christian evangelist and founder of the Methodist movement, gave a remarkable sermon called “The Use of Money.” In it, he said that the important thing isn’t money itself but how we use it. Wesley’s surprising advice still rings true today: earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can.
During the month of October, our church will experience an exciting new stewardship program, Earn. Save. Give.: Wesley’s Simple Rules for Money, developed by popular author and pastor James A. Harnish. The program centers around a book and DVD, in which Harnish describes Wesley’s surprising advice and introduces us each week to faithful Christians who, like all of us, struggle with money.
There will be opportunities in worship, in Sunday school classes, in youth and children’s classes, and in devotions for use at home. You’ll be hearing about the program in worship, in the newsletter, and on our website.
Sermon schedule for the Earn. Save. Give. Series
- Week 1. If You Could Ask for Anything (1 Kings 3:1-13)
- Week 2. Money—The Excellent Gift (Luke 12:42-48)
- Week 3. You Can’t Take It With You (Proverbs 13:11)
- Week 4. How Far Will You Go? (Proverbs 11:25)