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5 Giving

Introduction Questions:

1. What are your priorities? Does your check book verify them?

2. What do you believe should be your relationship to money?

3. How have you been a good steward of wealth for God’s Kingdom?

Key Verse- 1cor16:2 “On the first day of the week when you come together, let each one bring what they have stored up, as the Lord has prospered…”

Teaching- It is often said; “Don’t talk about religion, politics or money.” Why? I think it is because these are intimate matters. Matters that demonstrate someone’s heart and beliefs. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will follow (Lk12:34).” The Bible speak a lot about money. Jesus talked about it often. “No man can serve two masters, you cannot serve God and Mammon (greed) (Mt6:24).” Wealth plays an important role in our lives and should have a role in the Kingdom of God.

My priorities are God first, my family second and everything else a distant third. Therefore, my first check written on pay day is my tithe, this is a tenth and it goes to God through the church. I then pay my bills and provide for my family. “If any man does not provide for his own family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (1tim5:8).” Lastly, I demonstrate to people that I love, that I love them by spending money on them. My priorities are demonstrated by the order I do them. A tithe is not the 6th tenth, it is the first.

It is a joy to support the vision of my local church. I feel like I am a contributor to the great things that happen there all week. We are partners. It is like a community garden. When I see the youth group filling with new souls, when I see the baptism waters splash, when I hear of all the kids getting fed after their Wednesday night kids club, I think; “Yes and I helped do that!” Everyone needs a cause bigger than themselves. “Command those that are rich in this present age to be ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves wealth in the age to come (1tim6:17).”

Some have the gift of giving and they should give liberally (rom12:8). They will be wealthier for it. You can not out give God and seed on good soil will bring a great harvest. If we are faithful to use what we have for the Kingdom, God will give us more. I really do believe that how we handle our money is a test. “How can you have true spiritual riches if you are not faithful with money?” Jesus asks (lk16:11).

Closing Questions-

1. How will you demonstrate your priorities with your money?

2. Are you motivated to make more money to be a bigger giver?

3. What purchase has been most satisfying in your life?