Summary: Part 3 of 4 in a series on marks of a healthy Christian and this one is on giving.
You Might Be A Healthy Christian If...
You See The Offering As An Opportunity To Be Obedient.
August 12, 2001 F.B.C. Chester, Illinois Mike Fogerson, Speaker
1. I’m going to speaking on giving today.
A. I could say how your giving allows children in Africa and Kosovo to eat.
a I could tell you how your giving allows missionaries to do minister to people all over the world.
b I’m not going to. Your giving allows my child to eat. Your giving allows me to minister to people in Chester. (If you don’t give....I don’t paid)
B I know that people don’t like to hear this message...yet I gotta do it.
a In the gospels of Matthew, Mark & Luke, one verse in six deals with money. There are 29 parables that Jesus spoke, 16 of those had to do with a Christian and his money.
b I haven’t spoke on giving since the first of week of February.....its time.
*Before the service I have given someone a $100 bill to give to me during this part of the message..
*I tell the congregation that I have guests coming in from out of town and I need some cash to take them out to eat after the service.
*The person I have given the $100 to before the service raises their hand and says, "Here’s a $100 bucks pastor." and gives me the $100....I then go on preaching. This is going explained and used as the application in Point Two: C/b
2 We are looking at how you might be a healthy Christian........You See the Offering As An Opportunity to be obedient.
A I Cor. 16:1-2 is our key passage.16:1 Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do.  On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
a. Paul told how the believer was to give at church. (Essence of the Text in a Sentence)
b. Healthy Christians give back to God appropriately. (Essence of the Sermon In a Sentence)
B. ILet’s look at two mistakes that believers make about giving. (Transitional Sentence)
a. I hope you’ll not make the same mistake twice. (Objective)
b. What mistakes are you giving into?
c Let’s Pray.
I. Mistake 1: It’s no big deal if I don’t give.
A A very wealthy king invited all his friends to join him for dinner. (His treat) All they were asked to bring was one flask of wine. (Apparently this wasn’t a Baptist king.)
a The king was going to pour everyone’s flask into a large vat. (Interesting mix)
b On the big day, everyone gathered at the royal table and brought their flask...just like the king said. *Everyone poured their flasks into the vat, the servants poured their cups with the special dinner drink....they proposed a toast...then they all took a big gulp....of WATER.
*It seems that each guest had the same idea...if everyone is required to bring a flask of wine, no one will notice that I alone brought water instead.
*If everyone brought wine, no one would have noticed. Unfortunately, the idea was not shared by only one, but by all.
*What happened at that kings castle, happens in The Kings church.
B I Cor. 16:2 "each one of you...."
a Paul told the church at Corinth that EVERY SINGLE PERSON SHOULD GIVE.
b He understood that it took everyone to accomplish the mission of First Church Corinth. (Not 1/3, not ½, not 3/4.....each one of you!!!)
(IL) I Cor. 12:12-25 Paul wrote about how the church was like a body... "EACH ONE OF YOU HAS SOMETHING TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE BODY OF CHRIST." VV:18
C Your giving IS a big deal.
a Your giving has nothing to do with raising money, it has everything to do with raising you.
*The purpose of giving isn’t to get your money, possessions, tithe.
*The purpose of giving is to get you for God.
b Matt. 6:21 "For where your treasure ($) is, your heart will be also.
*Some folks say, "I’ll give more when I grow more." WRONG!
*Scripture says your money doesn’t follow your heart. Your heart follows your money!
*God doesn’t want your money (He doesn’t need it), He wants your heart. (That’s a big deal to God.)
* "Until God having your heart becomes a big deal, giving will NEVER be a big deal."
T.S: Giving is a big deal...make no mistake. Let me bring to light another mistake.
II Mistake #2: I don’t have to tithe because it’s an Old Testament thing.
A We find so much in the Old Testament we hold dear and true.