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Summary: ACKNOWLEDGE AND RELY ON God as the source of all things. He owns everything and every good gift comes from His hand. "The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it." Jesus said, "But, seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will b

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Matthew 6:33-33

Motivations for Giving

1. ACKNOWLEDGE AND RELY ON God as the source of all things. He owns everything and every good gift comes from His hand. (I Cor. 10:26) "The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it." Jesus said, "But, seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you."

Illustration: The World’s Deep Spiritual and Material Poverty

Eighty percent of the world’s evangelical wealth is in North America—and the total represents way more than enough to fund the fulfillment of the Great Commission.9

A majority of people alive today do not know the Savior. This includes 1.19 billion Muslims, 811 million Hindus, 360 million Buddhists, 228 million ethnoreligionists, 23 million Sikhs, 14 million Jews, 768 million agnostics, and 150 million atheists.1

Of all the people who have ever lived, it is believed that half of them are living today.2

About 1.6 billion people have never heard the life-saving good news in this sentence: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).3

More than 1 billion people live in absolute poverty. This includes 700 million people living in slums, 500 million people on the verge of starvation, 93 million beggars, and 200 million children exploited for labor.23 The Church’s Explosive Growth

The church has grown more in the 20th century than in all the previous 19 centuries since the time of Christ combined, with almost 2 billion adherents worldwide.18

Every day 166,000 people hear the good news of Jesus Christ for the first time3

Every year, 27 million people profess faith in Christ as Savior for the first time.3

The current ranks of 81 million believers in China are expected to swell to 135 million by 2025. The 50 million faithful in India could mushroom to 125 million by 2050. And today’s census of 90 million Christians in Africa is likely to explode to 1 billion in 2050.6

Evangelical Christians comprise an estimated 35 percent of the U.S. population, or about 100 million people.22 The Church’s Huge Storehouse of Wealth

In 2000, American evangelicals collectively made $2.66 trillion in income.23

Total Christian [including nominal] income in the United States is $5.2 trillion annually, nearly half of the world’s total Christian income.8

Over the next 50 years, between $41 trillion and $136 trillion will pass from older Americans to younger generations, suggesting that roughly $1 trillion to $3 trillion in wealth will change hands every year.10 The Church’s Squandering of Resources

The average donation by adults who attend U.S. Protestant churches is about $17 a week.11

Among church members of 11 primary Protestant denominations (or their historical antecedents) in the United States and Canada, per-member giving as a percentage of income was lower in 2000 than in either 1921 or 1933. In 1921, per-member giving as a percentage of income was 2.9 percent. In 1933, at the depth of the Great Depression, per-member giving grew to 3.3 percent. By 2000, after a half-century of unprecedented prosperity, giving had fallen to 2.6 percent.12


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