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New from ReLit – Money: God or Gift
Money snuck up on me. What began as an idea for Mars Hill small groups snowballed into a full-length book in a matter of weeks.
As a pastor, I’m always looking for creative ways to teach our congregation about money and stewardship. I decided to write some curriculum to supplement our upcoming Sunday sermons from Luke 12 (one of Jesus' most direct teachings on money).
The project quickly grew from a few discussion questions into a book-length study guide that we decided to self-publish and distribute for the benefit of other churches. The material is still based on Luke 12, but the content is general and broad enough to serve as a stand-alone study, apart from the sermon series.
I like to think of the book as Doctrine-meets-Dave Ramsey, and tailored with a wide range of people in mind: churches, small groups, couples, and individuals, both rich and poor. The content is not specific to Mars Hill, except for a couple appendixes that provide some insight into how we manage church finances.
New Testament scholar Craig Blomberg calls stewardship of material possessions “the most important test-case of one’s profession of discipleship.” When it comes to our money, the stakes are high, and my hope is that God would use the book to increase joy in Jesus, faithfulness in giving, freedom from financial sin, and whole-hearted worship throughout Mars Hill Church and many other churches.
For Church and Kingdom
We’re giving away Money for free at Mars Hill Church (thanks to some generous donors in our congregation) and we're selling it online for cheap ($5 per copy). The book is self-published by Mars Hill Church, and I won’t earn any royalties on the effort. All proceeds will go to cover the printing, and any extra will benefit the ministry of Mars Hill.