Money Matters! (15 of 26) by Rick White

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Money Matters! (15 of 26)
Series: Truths That Transform
Rick White
II Corinthians 8:1-9

Message Truth: Just as God desires us to worship, witness, pray, and fellowship, He also desires that we give. We are saved by grace, we live by grace, and we are to give out of grace.

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Introduction: Jesus said a lot about treasure while He was on earth. In fact, one third of His parables address the subject of stewardship. He spoke extensively about it, not because He was a fund-raiser, but because He knew that ‘‘where your treasure is, there will your heart be also’’ (Matt. 6:21).

Perhaps no other subject causes such great uneasiness in church life today than the subject of money. You can speak on almost any subject in the world with affirmation from the Christian community, except for the subject of money. Even when someone does choose to preach or teach on the subject they often do it with apology, disclaimer, or embarrassment. There are several things that I need to say to us today as we begin to look at the very important subject.

1. We must not allow those who profane holy things keep us from healthy instruction and application (marriage, children, environment, etc.).

2. The instructions regarding giving is addressed to the Christian community only. God does not expect the unsaved to give but rather He invites you to receive.

3. Just as we have examined every subject thus far without apology we will likewise examine the subject of financial stewardship without reservation.

FOUR PRIMARY PASSAGE REGARDING STEWARDSHIP

1 Corinthians 9 instructs us on the justification of giving.

11 If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we should reap material things from you? 13 Do you not know that those who perform sacred services eat the {food} of the temple, {and} those who attend regularly to the altar have their share with the altar? 14 So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the go ...


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