Sat May 18, 2013
by Hugh Whelchel
Resurgence roundup, 5/17/13
Fri May 17, 2013
Grace all the way
Wed May 15, 2013
by Justin Holcomb
How to be on mission in the city
Wed May 15, 2013
by Stephen Um
How to love people well
Tue May 14, 2013
by Dave Bruskas
Leading Your Family in Stewardship
Adapted from Money: God or Gift (Chapter Twelve: “Stewardship For the Whole Family: Money Advice by Life Stage”). It's only $5 (basically cost), you could buy a few for your small group to go through—it has been a great tool for 10,000 people at Mars Hill.
Worship is a lifestyle that includes more than devotionals and singing. Here are some tips for teaching your kids how to worship God with their stuff:
Teach your kids about Jesus and their need for his grace.
Generosity stems from Jesus. We may be excellent money managers, able to instruct our children in the way of financial planning, but if neither our children nor we understand the gospel, then all the financial knowledge in the world amounts to nothing.
Invite your kids into the conversation.
Too often we parents go about our day, doing chores, paying bills, running errands, and forgetting to invite our kids to participate and learn about things like responsibility, work ethic, joy, and decision-making. Children can handle more than we give them credit for, and the sooner you begin developing them financially, the sooner they’ll learn.
Teach your kids to divide their money (from birthdays, holidays, and allowance) into three categories: give, save, and spend.
I’ll never forget when my son opened a fifth birthday card from his grandparents. There was some money in it, and he blurted out, “Yes, now I can pay my bills!” He didn’t have many bills as a five-year-old, but I loved the fact that he was beginning to think through stewardship.
Don’t stifle innovation; allow failure.
I know it’s a lot of work to set up the lemonade stand, but what a great opportunity to teach your kids about work, business principles, and managing finances. As your kids get ideas, take the time to encourage them and invest in them so that these mini-ventures can be used as teaching opportunities—whether or not they’re financially profitable.
Engage your kids and teach them discernment.
Most parents expect their kids to learn through osmosis rather than intentional development. And the truth is, without any parental discernment to guide them, kids will absorb life lessons, but through marketing, friends, and TV—none of which tend to rely on the principles of Scripture for instruction. Kids need to be equipped to recognize the difference between truth and lies.
Practice what you preach. Don’t give to impress your children, but don’t hide it from them either. (When you miss the mark, confess your sin to your family and let your kids see that Dad and Mom need a Savior, too.) Since generosity flows from grace, we can use it as a tool to teach about Jesus.