Summary: A healthy church is a giving church. God is the owner. We are just the stewards.

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(Bulk of material from Bob Russel’s 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 – they think they’re 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. I’ll start washing when I’m older.

8. I really don’t 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 you’re talking about washing your body.

1. But to be honest with you, I’ve heard every one of those excuses used by people

who don’t attend church.

2. And #10 is a very popular excuse: The church doesn’t care about me. They only

want my money.

C. I’ve been preaching since I was 15.

1. I’ll admit in those early years that I didn’t 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 “dreaded subject” 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 doesn’t 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

Christian Church in Lexington, KY where he was senior minister for 40 years.

The farmer asked to speak to the Head Hog at the Trough.

The receptionist said, “If you’re referring to our senior minister, you may

call him Brother, Pastor, even Reverend if you feel so inclined. But it would

not be proper to refer to him as the Head Hog.”

The farmer said, “I’m sorry. I’m just an old pig farmer and I just sold a few

pigs out of my herd. I was going to donate ten thousand dollars to the building

fund at your church, so I was hoping to catch him in the office.”

The receptionist said, “Oh….just a minute…I think I hear the Big Pig

coming down the hall.”

d. Since some preachers, especially televangelists, are perceived to be always

focusing on money, many preachers go to the opposite extreme of not wanting

to talk about money at all.

2. The fear of offending people

a. Sometimes preachers are afraid to talk about money because they’re afraid of

turning off any visitors in attendance at the services.

b. People have said: “I worked for months to get my friends to come to church

with me, and wouldn’t you know the day they came, you preached on money! I

tried to tell them you don’t preach often on money, but they haven’t come


c. I hate to hear that. I don’t like to lose anyone.

d. However, if they said, “You preached on the resurrection, and they didn’t

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