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2024 Theme: Living Life Aligned with the Divine Design

Sermon Series: How to Build Generational Wealth

Sermon Topic: How to Deal with Debt, Part 2

John M. Wallace, Jr., PhD

May 26th, 2024

Key Term

Debt— something borrowed or on loan with an obligation to repay or return it, typically with interest

Debt Slavery—the pledge of a person's service or labor as security for the repayment for a debt 

Proverbs 22:7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.

Psalm 37:21 The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously.

Leviticus 25:39-40 39 If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and is forced to sell himself to you, do not treat him as a slave. 40 Treat him instead as a hired worker or as a temporary resident who lives with you, and he will serve you only until the Year of Jubilee.

Deuteronomy 15:1,4,7-8 1At the end of every seventh year you must cancel the debts of everyone who owes you money. 4 There should be no poor among you, for the Lord your God will greatly bless you in the land he is giving you as a special possession. 7 But if there are any poor Israelites in your towns when you arrive in the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward them. 8 Instead, be generous and lend them whatever they need.

 

Sermon in the Sentence

Mind Your Kingdom Business

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 11 And to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

 

6 Steps to Minding Your Kingdom Business: Lessons from Elisha and a Widow

2 Kings 4:1-7 1 One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.” 2 “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?” “Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied. 3 And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. 4 Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.” 5 So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. 6 Soon every container was full to the brim! “Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons. “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing. 7 When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.”

 

1. Acknowledge your need, and ask for help (2 Kings 4:1)

2. Adopt an entrepreneurial mindset (2 Kings 4:2)

3. Ask key questions to build your business plan (2 Kings 4:2b-3)

a. What problem can I solve (what do I have to offer that people need or want)?

b. Who is my customer?

c. How will I finance my business?

d. Who is my team?

e. What is my system (how will I develop and deliver my product or service)?

4. Mind your business (2 Kings 4:5-6)

5. Eliminate your debt (2 Kings 4:7)

6. Live on the rest! (2 Kings 4:7)

 

Application

1. Take the Generational Wealth Challenge

2. Write down all your debts, the interest rates, and due dates

3. Commit to stop borrowing money

4. Sign up for Own Our Own

5. Consider creating a Kingdom business

 

 





2024 Theme: Living Life Aligned with the Divine Design

Sermon Series: How to Build Generational Wealth

Sermon Topic: How to Deal with Debt

John M. Wallace, Jr., PhD

May 19, 2024

Key Term

Debt— something borrowed or on loan with an obligation to repay or return it, typically with interest

 

Sermon in the Sentence

The Divine Design (i.e., God’s will) is that we will be able to lend and not have to borrow

Deuteronomy 15:5-6 5 If only you fully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today. 6 For the Lord your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you.

 

4 Ways to Deal with Debt

1. If you have it, pay it

2. As soon as you can, eliminate it

3. If possible, avoid it

4. If you choose to use it, be careful with it

 

Key Scriptures

Psalm 37:21 The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously.

Proverbs 22:7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.


Application

1. Reflect on your key debt experiences, good and bad. Write down how have they impacted your current attitudes, beliefs and behavior around debt

2. Write down all your debts, the interest rates, and due dates

3. Bring your bills to church next week for prayer




2024 Theme: Living Life Aligned with the Divine Design

Sermon Series: How to Build Generational Wealth, Part 9

Sermon Title: Lasting Gifts that Mothers Can Give Their Children

Cynthia M. Wallace, EdD

May 12, 2024

 

Sermon in the Sentence

The best gifts are those that last forever!

 

Key Terms

Discipline – the self-control that is gained by requiring that rules be obeyed, and the ability to keep working at something that is difficult. 

Eternity – a love, understanding, and acceptance of God as Lord and Savior.

 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

 

There are four gifts that mothers can give that will last – (TIDE) time, instruction, discipline, and eternity. 

 

1. The Gift of Time

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:6-9

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

 

Time is perhaps the most precious gift anyone can give. In our busy world, it’s easy to be distracted by work, life responsibilities, and unfortunately social media. However, dedicating quality time to our children is essential. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 encourages us to make the most of every opportunity, reminding us that time spent with our children is invaluable. Through shared activities, conversations, and simply being present, mothers can build strong, lasting relationships with their children, providing a foundation of love and security.

 

2. The Gift of Instruction

Scripture: Proverbs 22:6

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” 

 

Instruction is a vital component of a child’s development. Proverbs 22:6 tells us to "train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." A mother’s role as a teacher extends beyond academic knowledge; it encompasses life skills, moral values, and spiritual guidance. By imparting wisdom and knowledge, mothers equip their children to navigate life’s challenges, make wise decisions, and grow into responsible, godly adults.

 

3. The Gift of Discipline

Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, Hebrews 12:11

“Don’t you realize that everyone who runs in a race runs to win, but only one runner gets the prize? Run like them, so that you can win. Everyone who enters an athletic contest goes into strict training. They do it to win a temporary crown, but we do it to win one that will be permanent” 1 Corinthians 9:24-25

 

 “No training seems pleasant at the time. In fact, it seems painful. But later on it produces a harvest of godliness and peace. It does this for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11

 

It is important for mothers to teach their children self-control (or how to discipline themselves) so they can manage their thoughts, emotions, desires, and appetites. Self-control is a vital gift that also helps to shapes character and an understanding of the importance of hard work, integrity, and perseverance.

 

4. The Gift of Eternity

Scripture: Ephesians 1:13

“ You also became believers in Christ. That happened when you heard the message of truth. It was the good news about how you could be saved. When you believed, he stamped you with an official mark. That official mark is the Holy Spirit that he promised.”

 

The greatest gift a mother can give her child is a love and understanding of the things of God. By nurturing their child’s faith, mothers help to cultivate a relationship with God that will sustain them throughout their lives and into eternity. Teaching children to pray, read the Bible, and live according to God’s principles ensures they carry a strong spiritual foundation wherever they go.



2024 Theme: Living Life Aligned with the Divine Design

Sermon Series: How to Build Generational Wealth, Part 8

John M. Wallace, Jr., PhD

May 04, 2024

Sermon in the Sentence

To successfully pass on generational wealth we have to testify!

 

Key Term

Testify—to bear witness, to make a statement that something happened or that something is true, to tell others what God has done for you

 

Exodus 13:3-8 3 Then Moses said to the people, “Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand. Eat nothing containing yeast. 4 Today, in the month of Aviv, you are leaving. 5 When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Hivites and Jebusites—the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey—you are to observe this ceremony in this month: 6 For seven days eat bread made without yeast and on the seventh day hold a festival to the Lord. 7 Eat unleavened bread during those seven days; nothing with yeast in it is to be seen among you, nor shall any yeast be seen anywhere within your borders. 8 On that day tell your son, ‘I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’

 

Psalm 78:1-4 1 My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old—3 things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.

 

Key Truth

1. There’s no testimony without a test

Genesis 22:1-2 1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”“Here I am,” he replied.2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

 

What to do when you get tested

1. Do what God told you to do

Genesis 22:3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 

2. Continue to trust Him

Hebrews 11:17-19 17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

3. Watch Him come through

Genesis 22: 3-14 13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”


Application: Go enroll some children.

Disclaimer: Everyone is entitled to their opinion. We believe and teach that the Bible is God’s Word — His opinion — and provides His instruction for how to live life under His rule (i.e., the Kingdom of God).