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Wesley's Words of Wisdom

10/4/15 – 10/25/15
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, left us a great legacy in his teachings and understanding of scripture. Join us over the next four weeks as we take a look at what he said in the sermons that he preached about the stewardship of our resources. How are Wesley’s Words of Wisdom as he lived a faith-filled life applicable to us today?

Oct 4 – Career Advice – Luke 13:6-9
Oct 11– Conservation Advice – Leviticus 19:9-10, Luke 12:13-21
Oct 18 – Philanthropic Advice – Mark 10:17-22
Oct 25 – Stewardship Advice – Proverbs 3:13-14

Stewardship Advice

Stewardship Advice

Borrowers of a loan are obliged to return the loan, but in the meantime can use the money as they see fit. However, stewards are not at liberty to use what is entrusted to them as they please, but instead as their master pleases. We are invited to share in God’s own life and mission by being stewards. (Proverbs 3:13-20)

Philanthropic Advice

Philanthropic Advice

The last part of Wesley’s three-fold statement gives meaning to the other two. Wesley’s advice to ‘give all you can’ is radical, inspiring and deeply frightening to many. It is the same thing as Jesus told the rich man in the scripture we read, and it frightened him too. Wesley’s rules were not about fund raising for the church, nor about making each of us feel bad. Wesley saw generosity as a spiritual issue, as a way of having a right relationship with money. (Mark 10:17-22)

Conservation Advice

Conservation Advice

It is very easy for us to hear Wesley’s statement of “save all you can” and think in modern terms. For us saving using means maximizing our savings accounts and putting away as much as we can in our 401Ks. For Wesley it was a call to a simplified lifestyle a warning against extravagance, opulence, self-gratification and hoarding. Wesley reminds us that change really begins with us and the choices we make every day. It is a matter of differentiating between need and want as a first step. (Leviticus 19:9-10, Luke 12:13-21)

Career Advice

Career Advice

John Wesley’s career or vocational advice is to ‘earn all you can.’ When he said this, he wasn’t talking about a rational for us to aggressively acquire as much money as we can. It is not about being greedy and crushing others and living one way during the week and another for an hour on Sunday. What he spoke about in his sermon of 1760 on “The Use of Money” was how to earn an income in a way that is integral to whom we are as Christians. How we earn our money is just as important as what we do with our money after we earn it. (Luke 13:6-9)