The Treasure Principle

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Sermon Notes

“You can’t take it with you, but you can send it ahead.”

Matthew 6:19-21 – “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

For Christians, “treasures” is not a dirty word— when properly understood.

  • Earthly treasures are temporary and come with many temptations.
  • Heavenly treasures  are eternal and share the values of God.
  • There is a connection between how we approach money and possessions and the strength of our spiritual lives.
  • We send our treasures ahead when we invest in the things God values!

“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”  Jim Elliot

Many ideas are based on the book “The Treasure Principle:  Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving” by Randy Alcorn.