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1 Thessalonians 5:18-5:18
1 Kings 3:16-3:28
1 John 2:15-2:17
2 Corinthians 9:12-10:1
ILLUSTRATION… Discipleship Journal, 11-12/92
A recent survey of Discipleship Journal readers ranked areas of greatest spiritual challenge to them:
5. (Tie) Anger/Bitterness
5. (Tie) Sexual lust
Survey respondents noted temptations were more potent when…
they had neglected their time with God (81 percent)
and when they were physically tired (57 percent).
Resisting temptation was accomplished by prayer (84 percent), avoiding compromising
situations (76 percent), Bible study (66 percent), and being accountable to someone (52 percent).
Average church(Gallup) 17% say they tithe but only 3% actually do. 40% will give nothing in a year. 91% say they make more money than they ever have in their life. 71% of pastors believe that church members have changed from stewards into consumers.
Here are some statistics about giving from the Barna Organization, which conducts significant research on the church in America:
8% of born again Christians tithed their income in 1999
17% of adults claimed in 1997 to have tithed but only 3% actually did so.
29% of adults surveyed in 1997 actually believe that Bible commands us to tithe.
10% of church members cannot be found?
20% of church members never attend church
25% admit that they never pray
35% admit that they do not read their Bibles
40% admit that they never contribute to the church?tithe or offering
60% never give to missions
70% never assume responsibility within the church
85% never invite anyone to church
95 % have never won anyone...
Numbers of the Bible”
The number one is for God. We must begin with number one or we cannot have number two or any other number. Mathematically speaking we cannot get anywhere without the number one. We must begin with God.
The number two is for man. Man as an individual. God made man and Christ is “called the second man.”
Three is the number for the Trinity. God is a triune God; Father, Son and Spirit. The atmosphere, which we live in, is a trinity of oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen. The tabernacle was a trinity with its court, holy place, and Holiest of Holies.
The first chapter of Revelation is full of trinities of Truth.
V. 2 – The Word of God, The testimony of Jesus, All things that He saw.
V. 3 – Read, Hear and Keep.
V. 4 – Which is, Which was, and Which is to come.
V. 5 – The Faithful Witness, The First begotten of the dead, The Prince of the kings of the earth.
V.5, 6 – Loved us, Washed us, Made us kings and priests.
V. 7 – Every eye shall see him, They also which pierced him, All kindreds of the earth.
V. 9 – Tribulation, Kingdom, Patience
V. 18 – I am He that liveth, Was dead, Alive for evermore.
V. 19 – Things seen (Past), Things which are (Present), Things which shall be (Future).
Who would dare to contradict the trinity as these Ten appear in one chapter alone, chapter one of Revelation. Certainly no Spirit filled believer or student of scripture would not affirm its validity.
Four is the number of humanity as a whole. There were four men in the Ark, four men in the fiery furnace, four on the mount of Transfiguration. The four points of the compass comprise the whole of humanity in all the earth.
Five is the number for grace – grace accepted or grace rejected. There are five wise and foolish virgins.
The number six is the number for evil. A man with six toes and six fingers is called a wicked man in the Bible. Nebuchadnezzra’s image was sixty feet high and six feet in circumference and six musical instruments called the people to worship. The number for the Anti-Christ is six hundred sixty-six. This is set forth the trinity of evil, the climax of wickedness, and the culmination of iniquity. There can not be anything worse than 666.
Seven is the number for perfection. This number is frequently mentioned in scripture: seven churches, seven stars, seven heads, seven horns, seven eyes, seven Spirits of god, the seven branches of the candlestick.
In Judges, the seventh book of the Bible, there are seven departures from God; seven times the people repented and seven times Jehovah delivered his people from their enemies.
Eight is the number for that which is New. There are eight beatitudes which set forth something entirely new. Everything good in this sinful world owes its presence and existence to the Word of God. The resurrection of Christ and of many of the saints took place on the eighth day. Here indeed and in truth was something new.
Ten is the number of completeness. Jacob’s wages were changed ten times, which sets forth complete disappointment outside the will of God and his Promised Land. Eliezer, the servant, took ten camels with him when he started from home in order to obtain a bride for Isaac. God gave his people Ten Commandments. Daniel and his three friends were proved ten days and at the end of the test were ten times better than the others. Christ gave the parable of the ten pounds and ten talents. Christ healed ten lepers. The dragon of Daniel and Revelation had ten horns, which represent ten kings. The tenth or the tithe is the Lord’s.
Significant Finds: Researcher George Barna lists the fol-lowing as his most notable findings in ’00. (1) Only 4% of born again adults are certain of the existence of absolute moral truth. (2) 94% of black adults rank having a close, personal relationship with God as a top life priority, com-pared to 67% of whites and 74% of Hispanics. (3) Only 8% of born again adults tithe to their church. (4) Asian-Ameri-cans are now more likely than Hispanics to be born again (5) Only 1% of all born again adults firmly concurred with each of 13 basic belief statements from the Bible. (6) Fewer than 1/3 of teens are likely to attend a Christian church once living independent of their parents. (7) 40% of Christ-ian churches are virtually impossible to reach by telephone. (8) Unchurched people are typically less relational than are churched people. (9) Just 34% of Christians gave any time and money to serve the poor in the past year. (10) Most Christians’ votes were influenced more by economic self-interest than by spiritual and moral values. (11) Only 44% of born again teens claim that they are "absolutely commit-ed to the Christian faith." (12) Only 20% of 18-29 year olds are born again down from 20% in ’91, to just 14% today. (Barna Online 12/12)
Giving More ►$3 out of every $4 donated by individuals in ’03 went to churches, synagogues and other religious worship centers, according to a Barna Group report. ►63% of households donated some money to a church, synagogue or other place of religious worship during ‘03. ►The mean amount donated to churches and other worship centers in ‘03 was $824. ►Giving to religious centers represented about 2.2% of gross household income. ►5% of households tithed their pre-tax income to non-profit organizations. A large majority of those individuals actually gave 10% or more of their income to churches—a group that represents 4% of all U.S. households. (Pastors Weekly Briefing 4/16/04)
Does it shock you when I tell you, that according to Barna Research, only 6% of those in America who claim to be born again tithe...
A mere 7% of born-again adults tithed last year. (Foster Letter 1/10/05)
U.S. Individuals Out Give G8: The G8 has proposed to cut debt among some African nations by giving up to $40 billion. That is a lot of money, but far less than the $249 billion given to charity by individuals, and corporations in ’04. Of this, $88 billion went to religious organizations. The Barna Group reports that only 6% of American Christians gave 10% of their income to churches or parachurch organizations in ‘04. ED NOTE: Can you imagine what could be done if we all tithed 10% of our income? (Religion Journal.com 7/5/05)