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Summary: Dispel the myth that preachers just want you to give so they can line their pockets. There are even greater benefits for the giver.

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Church 101: A Beginners Guide to Church

Part 3 - Giving and Church

“God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.”

1 Corinthians 9:7 (MES)

“To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. “

Deuteronomy 10:14 (NIV)

1 Corinthians 16:1-2 (NIV)

1 Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. 2 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.

Introduction

To the outsider it may seem like the church is all about money

To be sure, the church needs to meet operating expenses just like any other organization

But there’s more to it than just collecting money

For the Christian, giving is an act of worship

It says that the giver trusts God with his or her resources

Giving can be done in a variety of ways because we have a variety of resources

What are those resources? Or What can we give?

Time – a commodity that seems rare but that we all have. Must be budgeted

Talent – everyone can do something. No one is without some ability unique to them

Treasure – The focus of tonight

Why is it important that we focus on money?

1 Tim 6:10 – “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

What we think about and how we handle money can affect our eternity

There are more parables in the Gospels about money and wealth than any other single topic

Jesus thought it was a very important issue

So tonight I want to focus on money

Why should we give?

What should we give?

To whom should we give it?

When should we give?

Etc.

I hope to answer these kinds of questions tonight.

Because how you answer those kinds of questions will tell you how giving will affect you on TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Before we look at some of the basic principle of giving I want to briefly touch on four laws of the harvest

These can and will impact your entire week

And they go to the heart of why we take an offering each week

Some of these will overlap a bit with the principles below

THE LAWS OF THE HARVEST

# 1. WE REAP WHAT WE SOW

Proverbs 11:18 - The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward

Proverbs 26:27 - If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him

In other words; sow good, reap good…sow bad, reap bad

Not just a financial sowing and reaping

# 2. WE REAP IN A DIFFERENT SEASON THAN WE SOW

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:

2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,

You have to be patient

God will give the increase to our sowing when HIS time is right, not ours

ILLUSTRATION: Buying Netscape Stock (AOL Today – 52 5/8)

# 3. WE REAP MORE THAN WE SOW

Matthew 13:8 - Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.


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