Summary: Faith/Promise Giving vs. Abundance Giving
Sermon for 5/6/2001
A. Bob Russell, the minister at Southeast Christian in Louisville, said that in the early years of his ministry he used to apologize for giving sermons and even apologize for the offering time to guests.
B. We don’t apologize for the communion time why should we apologize for the offering time.
C. Why should we not apologize? Because of materialism. Our society talks a great deal about money, why doesn’t the church?
D. We will scare people away. Where your treasure is there your heart will be also.
A. There is a difference between promise giving and abundance giving.
B. In abundance giving we ask God, by faith, to supply and then we will give. Bless me Lord so that I can give.
C. In promise giving we give first, believing that God will give it back with increase. I am giving so that the Lord will bless me and meet my needs.
Thesis: This morning we are going to talk about faith or promise giving. What? Problems? How?
1. Pharisees gave out of their abundance.
2. They made a big show of it. The trumpet. How they took up offerings in the temple.
3. This widow put in all that she had.
4. She had faith in the promises of God that she would be taken care of.
1. Famine in the land.
2. Widow was making this food for family and then had nothing.
3. Elijah told her to make him something first and then her and her son could eat.
4. Elijah said that it would be all right because the Lord would take care of them.
5. She did it and the food did not run out.
6. She did not have but she gave and then Lord supplied.
1. Crowd with nothing to eat.
2. This little boy gives up his meal, probably only meal of the day, to Jesus.
3. Jesus takes this meager amount and multiplies it.
4. The little boy had to have faith that something great would happen.
1. Macedonia was in a recession.
2. However, they gave even in the midst of their poverty.
3. Paul says that they gave beyond their ability.
4. Promise giving.
Problems, or obstacles to overcome to be a promise giver.
A. Sight. We walk by faith, not by sight.
B. Being ignorant of God’s promises.
1. God will take care of you.
2. God will take care of you plus.
3. (Mat 6:33 NIV) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
C. False philosophies or wrong thinking!
1. Some will say, “Save it for a rainy day.”
a. God’s word says (Prov 11:24 NIV) One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
b. Some churches think this way.
c. What is a rainy day? Waiting for the next great flood. I know of some churches that have between $30,000 to $50,000 just sitting in a bank.
d. It is all right to have this kind of money, but it must have some goal.