In this first of a two-part sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, preaches on how we can have financial freedom. Here are some excerpts:

“I would like to speak today and next Lord’s Day about how to lay the foundation for financial freedom. A lot of people who earn a good salary have never experienced financial freedom. They are slaves to credit cards, and impulsive and compulsive buying habits; and therefore, handling money and the resources God has made available to them, far from being a satisfying pleasure, is an unspeakable nightmare, as they live a hand-to-mouth existence…”

“How can such a situation be remedied? How can one approach the use and disposition of one’s resources with a sense of rich fulfilment? Well, I believe that at the very outset we must lay a spiritual foundation, and this includes three things…”

1. Settle the Ownership Question

“…The Bible says with crystal clarity that quite literally everything belongs to God — everything you have, and everything you are. You may possess certain things, but you do not own them, because possession is not ownership…”

2. Establish a spiritual Purpose.

I believe that the only valid spiritual purpose we as Christians can establish is to serve and honor Jesus Christ. More specifically, we should aim to present Jesus Christ and His way of life to others and then to lead to maturity those who receive Christ as their Savior and Lord…”

“…So, recognize God’s ownership, and establish a clear spiritual purpose, and tithe your income to the Lord — but more about that next Lord’s Day!”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.



October 16, 1988

Psalm 144:1; Haggai 2:8; Psalm 50:10,11; Leviticus 25:23

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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