Living in the Kingdom means giving towards things that matter The Kingdom of God is His eternal, spiritual ruling authority over everything Luke 12:15 – And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions Luke 12:16-19 – And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. We have the tendency to think we possess our stuff, but many times our stuff is possessing us Luke 12:19 – And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ We think that money is our answer to security When God is first, we have enough Malachi 3:10 – Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. We have enough, because He is enough Click here for Online Commitment Card God is calling us to live appropriately, save wisely, and give generously Luke 12:20-21 – But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” Sermon Conversation Starters: There are always lots of commercials and advertisements on screens, trying to convince us to buy more “stuff.” Why do you think that is? Does having more "stuff" truly make us content? The Bible teaches us that as we seek Him, we will see God meeting all of our needs. What are some things that God has provided for us? How does knowing that God is enough for us help us to fight greed? Over the next year, God is going to be using our church to help churches in smaller towns in Ohio. We want to support these churches who need leaders, and help bring the good news of Jesus to their communities. Let's spend some time praying for these churches. As we pray, let's also ask God for faith and wisdom for how much He wants us to give financially over the next year.