The Money Revolution is built around 5 principles. These five principles can guide all our money decisions......
1. All that we have comes from God, and we are stewards.
The other four principles are based on this foundation. That whilst the world may stress "you are what you own" - the brands you wear, the car you drive, the house you live in; everything we have belongs to God. We are to be stewards, taking good care of that which has been entrusted to us.
2. Be active in your stewardship.
It takes years for a musician to develop their skill, or for a painter to hone their abilities. An athlete needs to train to maintain their performance. So it is with stewardship. Our natural ability as stewards needs to be developed by practice. The Money Revolution offers the opportunity to give our stewardship skills a workout.
3. Live within your resources.
As a general principle, if our routine spending is less than our regular income, we have the opportunity to save, to give or to treat ourselves. If on the other hand, we routinely spend more than we earn, we are storing up trouble. Debt is not necessarily wrong, and mortgage and student loans are a part of twenty first century life. This is an area where we need to exercise care, and the Money Revolution contains some useful tips on handling credit and debt issues.
4. Build up treasure in heaven.
The Gospels record Jesus referring to building up treasure in heaven. This challenges Christians to avoid solely spending for instant gratification in this world. It doesn't mean that we should never enjoy the good things in life, but that we should focus on using this world's wealth, to grow the heavenly kingdom.
5. Give generously
Just as we read that God is love, we might also say that God is generosity. In giving Jesus to die for us on the cross, God gave his very self. No-one can do more. Archbishop Rowan Williams challenges us to respond to the generosity of God - comparing it with the torrents of water coming over Niagara Falls. "There’s not a great deal of point in a rocky crevice halfway down saying, “Well, I think I would like to hold on to some of this water.” You really haven’t got much option. It falls on you and it bounces off, that’s what waterfalls do! It’s given to us to be givers, to pass on an intensity of outpouring."
The book, the Bible studies and the worksheets are all based around these five principles and their application. Mastering these will help you integrate your faith and your finances.