Scriptural Guidelines for Supernatural Giving
I Chronicles 29:1-20
INTRODUCTION: One of the most informative, instructional, and inspirational passages in all of Scripture is found in the 28th and 29th chapters of this book. David and his people were confronted with a challenge that was similiar to the one facing us. They needed to build the House of God; we need to build the kingdom of God. They faced an opportunity and moment of a lifetime and God's hand was upon them. How did they do it? How did they raise the vast sum of money needed for building? By calling God's people to a time of faithfulness.
DayStar Magazine, ''Your World'' -'' According to the National and International Religion Report, the average Mormon gives over seven percent of his or her income to the church. That's more
than in any orthodox Christian denomination. What's more, the wealthiest 20 percent of American Christians give a smaller portion of their incomes to their church that the poorest 20 percent. Those in the high income bracket give an average of 1.6 percent of their incomes annually. Those in the low bracket give 3.4 percent annually.''
Dr. J.H. Jowett has said, ''Ministry that costs nothing accomplishes nothing.'' How true it is!
Dr. Roy Lauren tells of a Christian businessman traveling to Korea. It goes like this:
''In a field by the side of the road was a young man pulling a rude plow while an old man held the handles. The businessman was amused and took a snapshot of the scene. ''That is curious!
I suppose these people are very poor,'' he said to the missionary who was interpreter and guide to the party. ''Yes,'' was the quiet reply, ''those two men happen to be Christians. When their church was being built, they were eager to give something toward it; but they had no money. So they decided to sell their one and only ox and give the proceeds to the church. This spring
they are pulling the plow themselves.''
The businessman was silent for so ...
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