This is a guest post written by D.J. Decker, one of the Missional Community Leaders at Sojourn Church and the leader of the Financial Peace class scheduled to begin in August:
What does it mean to have financial peace and why is it a good thing? Before answering these two questions, I think it’s beneficial to break down this idea into two parts, finance and peace. Let’s look at the definition of each.
Finance can be defined simply as money management.
Peace, however, to me, is not simply defined. It’s a state of mind. When I think of peace, I think of being at rest. We all can relate to waking up early, working a full shift, coming home, cooking dinner, getting kids to bed, and then finally, a wonderful opportunity to rest. We say it all the time, “Peace at last!” There is peace when we rest. This peace is truly a gift of grace. One definition of peace is written like this: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions. Oppression means to weigh heavily on the mind or spirits. When it comes to the area of life called finances, peace is usually nowhere in the picture and oppressive thoughts are prevalent.
So what is financial peace and why is financial peace a good thing?
Proverbs 22:7 says, “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.“ Debt is beyond rampant and the debtor is the master’s servant until that debt is paid. When you’re in debt, you’re held captive. You feel stuck. The good news is that we don’t have to remain in debt. You don’t have to be a slave to your money masters.
Financial peace is or can be a reality for everyone. To have financial peace means having complete freedom when it comes to personal finance. God is so wonderfully gracious to us and we are stewards of all that he gives us. He provides. He gives. He loves. He is our ultimate provider. Knowing His love for us and knowing he has provided all things, we can freely trust Him and what he calls us to with His money. It’s all God’s.
Here is a quote from Dave Ramsey’s website:
“We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!”
How do I take the class?
Sojourn is excited to be offering this class starting August 4th, 2014 to the first 15 people that sign up. The class is open to anyone interested. The cost per membership is $93 and is so worth the investment. If you are married or engaged, one membership will cover both persons. Please contact DJ Decker at firstname.lastname@example.org for signing up or any questions you may have regarding the class.
Start Date: August 4 (Every Monday for 9 weeks)
Meeting Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Location: TBD, contact DJ at email@example.com if you are interested.
Price: $93/membership (One membership will cover a married or engaged couple)
I am looking forward to taking this journey to financial peace with you. Please contact me with any questions or to express interest.
An Encouragement from Pastor Ryan
Several years ago, Lori and I attended a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace event. The biblical principles we learned have been invaluable in helping us learn how to handle our personal finances in a way that leads to personal peace and freedom rather than slavery and bondage.
I am grateful to D.J. for his willingness to teach this class and I am confident that every person who participates will greatly benefit. Whether you feel that you have a pretty good grasp of your personal finances, or whether you feel like your personal finances are a complete wreck, this class has something for you. I’m confident that everyone who takes this class will be better equipped to apply the gospel to their personal finances in simple, practical ways.
And be sure to check out a Financial Peace promo video!