Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Crown Bible Study

Our current project working along with my good friend Keith Goodson is to lead a Crown Biblical Financial Study for Life Groups. The Biblical Study is a 10 week in-depth study of what Scripture teaches about money and possessions.

Life Group Members have confirmed that marriages are being strengthened and individuals are finding their way out of debt. They are also becoming consistent savers, generous givers, and prudent consumers. Most importantly, people are entering into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ as they learn to apply His Word. Groups meet for 2 hours every week and meetings include Scripture memorization and interactive discussions. For more info. check the links section and click on Crown.

This is a excellent Bible Study on, why from the biblical concepts, and how from practical applications, to manage the material things God have provided us with. I highly recommend it for everyone. This study is for couples and individuals both young and old who want to fix their financial problems and also for those that want to avoid such issues.

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Our Bible Study is held at the church and in a home setting once a week in the evenings from 7-9 PM. The meetings began with an orientation on Feb. 23, with classes on Mar 8, 15, 22, 28; April 5, 12, 19, 25; May 3, 10. Hopefully we'll provide you some additional comments on this blog when we have completed our initial study.

Thanks to our first Life Group members, Marlene, Keith, Sylvia, Sue, & Michael, for making this possible by participating. Thanks also to my name sake Keith for co-leading our group. We hope that this is just the beginning of a number Crown Biblical Financial Studies for Life Groups, as we work together in His service towards faithful stewardship.


Edward Keith Wawrzyniak said...

Today marks the mid-point of our first Crown Biblical Financial Study and I must say that it has been even better than expected.

Our study topic is Honesty - God's absolute standard of himself and of his followers. God lead us in the direction we should choose to go, that straight and narrow path. Proverbs 4:24-26

Along with today's study on the Honesty we will be fellowshipping together over dinner. I now realize why Crown calls these Life Group Studies. Not only have I been drawn closer to God, Marlene and I are now working closer than ever on our common financial plans and goals, but my unexpected bonus is learning and sharing our common strengths and weaknesses with other Christians trying to follow Christ, as best we can.

This Bible Study not only gives us the Biblical motivations in terms of "Why" and "What" we should do, it also provides tools and a systematic road map to know "How".

May we all escape the temptation of dishonesy, and be prepared to follow God's plan for restitution and restoration if we should slip.

Together iHs ~keith

Edward Keith Wawrzyniak said...

Wow, where did the time go? Today we completed our ten-week Crown Biblical Financial Study with a fellowship dinner that included as our honored guests, Gary & Sue Derr.

Gary is the Greater National Capital Area Director and Sue serves as an Administrative Assistant, both working for Crown Financial Ministries. Gary and Sue work with area churches and lay-people to help them realize God’s plan for them in the area of finances and stewardship. Gary and Sue have been involved in some aspect of Crown Financial Ministries for over 20 years. Gary trained Keith and I back in January to be able to conduct this, our first Crown Life Group study.

I’m very pleased to say that all six of us, Michael Coursey, Susan Crigger, Keith & Sylvia Goodson, and Keith & Marlene Wawrzyniak successfully completed this study. We’ve all grown from where we first started ten week ago, and I pray that it doesn’t stop here.

For myself personally I know that by helping to lead this group I’ve learned so much more than I would have otherwise. It’s been a great experience, one which I plan to repeat again. In addition Marlene and I are now much more jointly aware of the temporary physical wealth we share with our family, friends, and others, and our spiritual and true wealth, which God shares with us forever.

Everything in the heaven and earth is yours, O Lord (I Chronicles 29:11, TLB). We are but His stewards.

Together iHs ~keith

marlenews said...

I would recommend this study to everyone, single or married. It truly does give you the biblical perspective on how to handle your/God's money. The study we just completed was well worth the time and effort. Think about attending the next time the study is offered, you will be glad you did. Plus, you get to know some of the other people in the church you may not have had the pleasure of meeting before. No matter what your financial situation this course is beneficial to anyone interested in knowing how to be a good steward of God's money.

marlenews said...

These are my thoughts on Wealth.

Although you may amass silver and gold and have treasure fit for a king,
although you’ve the wealth of the world in your hands, yet still you crave one more thing.

Your life has been measured in how much you own. Your power is felt far and wide.
You are the envy of all of your peers,
but still you are empty inside.

The quest for possessions consumes all your days, nothing have you been denied.
Your heart has experienced pleasures untold,
and still you are living a lie.

Having great wealth was your goal from the start and you have surpassed all your dreams,
but still you can find no contentment or peace, how meaningless everything seems.

All your possessions cannot fill the void.
You have lost much more then you’ve won.
What can you do to find peace in your soul
when cares leave you wanting to run?

Success you have found but what have you lost while striving to get to the top?
Most of your time has been spent in a race
that some day will come to a stop.

When you close your eyes at the end of the day, does sleep to you sweetly come,
or does your abundance permit you no sleep,
is the load of your wealth burdensome?

When will your eyes be content with your wealth? Has your life become one long sigh?
When will you see that what matters the most
is not something money can buy?

You’ve spent so many years chasing after a dream but your face wears a permanent frown. Have you asked yourself why it is never enough? Do you wonder if peace can be found?

All of your riches will be left behind
when your days on this earth are through.
Why accumulate more then you need?
In the end you can’t take it with you.

Though the ways of this world may be worthless, there is wealth in the heavenly realm. Riches abundant in God’s risen Son
will be yours with Christ at the helm.

Through Jesus you’ll find true joy will be yours
when his peace and love flood your soul,
setting you free from the burden of sin
when at last you relinquish control.