In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith talks about money, giving us ten things from the scriptures that we need to know about money. Here are some excerpts:

“…[W]e should never forget that our Lord Jesus Christ spoke a great deal about money. In fact, 16 of His 38 parables deal with money…What I want to do this morning is to examine with you some biblical principles concerning money. I’m going to take you to a number of scriptural passages, using the “Living Bible” translation, and just let God speak to us through His Word… Money:

…can be harmful in causing a person to forget God.

In Proverbs 30:8-9 we read, “Give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs! For if I grow rich, I may become content without God. And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.” That gives us food for thought, doesn’t it?

…can cause a person to stop trusting God.

Listen to Proverbs 11:28: “Trust in your money, and down you go! Trust in God and flourish as a tree!” In other words, if you start trusting in your possessions, you’re bound to stop trusting God. It is inevitable, according to God’s Word.

…can cause a person to be deceived.

In Mark 4:19 our Lord says, “But all too quickly the attractions of this world and the delights of wealth and the search for success and the lure of nice things come in and crowd out God’s message from their hearts, so that no crop is produced.” Now that need not necessarily happen, but Jesus says that too often it does…

Some people even fall in love with money.

1 Timothy 6:10 says, “For the love of money is the first step toward all kinds of sin…

…can cause a person to rest on an unstable foundation.

Proverbs 23:4-5 says, “Don’t weary yourself trying to get rich. Why waste your time? For riches can disappear as though they had the wings of a bird!” Think of that! After the Stock Market crash in 1929, a number of formerly wealthy men who had lost everything in the crash committed suicide. Money is never a stable foundation for anything…


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.


November 5, 1995

Proverbs 3:9

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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