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• 1 Corinthians chapter 9 verse 7-14.

• 2 Corinthians chapter 8 verses 6-15.

• We tend not to get too much teaching on money & giving?

• Over the past 5 or 10 years;

• I could count on one hand, the sermons on this subject.

• Probably because the subject of money / giving we find embarrassing;


• Speaker you find treasurer putting things in your pocket.

• Ill: Bob Telford. (bill for hymn books).

The New Testament has a lot to say concerning both money & giving:

• In Matthew, Mark, and Luke’s gospels 1 in every 6 verses deals with money.

• Of the 29 parables Christ told, 16 deal with a person and his money.

• Both money and giving are open topics in the New Testament.

• So it is a doctrine we ought to be clear about in our thinking.

Question: How does God provide?


(1). Through his people!


Personal true story:

• Lady in Southampton who wanted to give me a gift, but couldn’t;

• Because: "I lived by faith".

• Now I do not know how she imagined we got our support;

• But I can assure her 100% that our support as ‘so called full time workers’:

• Comes directly from God’s people;

• e.g. Churches & individuals who choose to support work.

(2). All Christians are called to give!


Man being baptized (“Wallet and all…”).

• If God’s way of providing is through his people:

• Then we need to ask the next question:

Question: Who should we give to?


• I would suggest our giving should involve,

• Some of these aspects:

(1). Local Assembly:

I would suggest that the local assembly is where we give the most to:


• Obvious reasons:

• Maintenance. (General bills & upkeep of building.)


• Members in need.

• Elders have the insight & wisdom to help out individuals during those hard times.


• Evangelistic thrust.

• Everything we do involves some sort of expense.

(2). Missionary’s full time workers:

• Think back to our first Bible reading 1 Corinthians chapter 9 verse 7-14.

• The apostle Paul’s teaching in these verses is very clear:

• To help us understand in verse 7 he uses 3 illustrations,

• 3 pictures from everyday life are used to underline his main point.


• No soldier has to provide his own rations,

• So why should a soldier of Christ be different?


• A man who plants a vineyard will share in its fruit.

• Why should a man who plants churches be different?


• A shepherd of the flock will get his food from the flock.

• Why should a Christian shepherd (pastor/elder) be different?

The apostle Paul then backs up his illustrations with scripture:

• He quotes from the Old Testament book Deuteronomy chapter 25 verse 4:

• "Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain".


• Owners were forbidden to put a leather muzzle on their ox’s;

• Which would of course prevent them eating any corn during the treashing process.

• God introduced a law which said;

• An ox while serving his owner was allowed to be rewarded as it worked,

• In reward for its hard work;

• The ox was allowed to eat some of the corn to renew its energy and maintain its health.

In 1 Corinthians chapter 9:

• The apostle takes this law regarding animal rights and applies it to Christian workers;

• He takes a very practical law and gives it a spiritual application.


• On our all-age H.P’s in the Midlands we never gave our speakers a gift from funds.

• Instead we had an Ox Box.

• The principle was; if you are blessed spiritually,

• You should return that blessing materially.

• So the box was next to the pulpit and folks gave as they felt led.

• That was what we felt was right in that situation!

(3). Christian works and organisations.

• Many of the same reasons;

• Covered in the previous points could be repeated.

(4). Poor and needy (Home and abroad).

• If you read through the Bible;

• Sooner rather than latter you will be reminded that God cares for the poor & needy.

• And if God provides through his people;

• Then obviously we too need to care for the poor and needy!


• Proverbs chapter 19 verse 17:

• "He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, & he will reward him for what he has done".


• Proverbs chapter 21 verse 13.

• "If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out & not be answered".

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