Sermon:
SERIES: ďGOD-GIVEN GUIDELINES FOR GROWING A GREAT CHURCHĒ

TEXT: 2 CORINTHIANS 9:1-15

TITLE: Guideline #9: ďGIVE GENEROUSLY OF GODíS RESOURCESĒ
(Bulk of material from Bob Russelís When God Builds A Church and a sermon on this text also by him)

INTRODUCTION: A. Ten Reasons Why I Never Wash
1. I was forced to wash as a child

2. People who wash are hypocrites Ė they think theyíre cleaner than others

3. There are so many kinds of soap, I could never decide which was right.

4. I used to wash, but it got boring.

5. I wash only on Christmas and Easter

6. None of my friends wash.

7. Iíll start washing when Iím older.

8. I really donít have time.

9. The bathroom is too cold
--(Or too hot)

10. People who make soap are only after your money

B. Those excuses sound pretty silly when youíre talking about washing your body.
1. But to be honest with you, Iíve heard every one of those excuses used by people
who donít attend church.

2. And #10 is a very popular excuse: The church doesnít care about me. They only
want my money.

C. Iíve been preaching since I was 15.
1. Iíll admit in those early years that I didnít preach very often
--Maybe once or twice a year

2. But the one thing that remained consistent through the years is that I have rarely
preached on money and finances.

D. Giving is a ďdreaded subjectĒ for several reasons:
1. The reputation of Television evangelists
--Television evangelists have a reputation for exploiting people financially.
a. That statement is not universally true, but it doesnít really matter.

b. The media has so stereotyped televangelists that we want desperately to
disassociate ourselves from them.


c. Wayne Smith tells about a farmer who called the office of Southland