Join us for worship January 31-February 14, 2016 as we learn how to “Earn, Save and Give.” These three simple rules for money were coined by John Wesley (1703-1791), in his classic sermon, “The Use of Money,” and are the basis for PVUMC’s Giving Campaign in 2016-17.
“Having, First, gained all you can, and Secondly save all you can, Then ‘give all you can,”” he is quoted as saying in James Harnish’ book, Earn. Save. Give. Wesley’s Simple Rules for Money.
Harnish’s goal in writing the book is to help us become better disciples of Jesus Christ by discovering how to give generously. It’s the key to happiness.
In the first chapter, and throughout the book, he includes verses from Proverbs and other bibical passages to illustrate his points that earning and saving money are biblical, just as giving is. When we follow the spiritual discipline of tithing, we show our commitment to God and his church. If we believe that everything already belongs to God, giving back a small portion allows the work of the church to continue and allows us to both save for the future and live with gratitude and joy on the rest of what we have earned.
“Happy are those who find wisdom and those who gain understanding. Her profit is better than silver, and her gain better than gold.” – Proverbs 3:13-14
One practical approach that Harnish shares is the 10-10-80 plan:
- 10 percent for God (your tithe or pledge)
- 10 percent (to save) for the future
- 80 percent to live on with gratitude and joy
In 2015, we offered Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, which teaches the same kinds of principles when it comes to money. This month, Pastor Dave Summers will preach about Wesley’s three simple rules, laid out over three weeks. Then, on Sunday, February 21, we’ll ask everyone to pledge their financial support to Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, so we can continue our ministry and mission to be “Alive with the Spirit, we bring God’s love into action by igniting faith, transforming lives, and creating community.” We hope you’ll join us.