1. THE EXAMPLE OF MISSIONARY GIVING
a) A Delightful Example
b) A Disturbing Example
2. THE EVALUATION OF MISSIONARY GIVING
a) An Act of Spiritual Accumulation
b) An Acts of Spiritual Adoration
3. THE EFFECT OF MISSIONARY GIVING
a) The Content of the Promise
b) The Context of the Promise
1. April is our annual month of mission emphasis. We have heard about missions and heard from missionaries. We take the month of April every year to emphasize missions for the purpose of reminding ourselves of the importance of missions, and that, supporting missionaries is being obedient to the command of God as given in the Great Commission.
2. As we come to the conclusion of our mission's month I want to talk to you about mission's giving. In the closing verses of Philippians, we have a Bible example of mission giving and missionary support.
3. A new minister had just delivered his first sermon. As one of the members was leaving she remarked to an usher, "I have nothing but praise for the new minister." The usher, having noticed, that she had put nothing into the offering replied, "So I noticed when I passed the offering plate this morning."
4. When it comes to the matter of missions and missionaries, many have nothing but praise and respect. But praise and respect will not send them to a field or sustain them while on the field. It takes more than compliments. It takes cash! It requires more than praise. It takes provisions.
5. A 2004 survey by George Barna of senior pastors in the U.S. found that only 15% had missions as one of their top priorities. This would explain why that on the average most Churches do little for missions. If missions are not a priority of the pastors, it certainly will not be important to the people. David Barrett in his annual "Status of Global Mission" stated that only one-tenth of one percent went to global foreign missions. On an average, Churches are giving on ten cents out of every one-hundred dollars.
6. According to the World Christian Encyclopedia the average Christian family income is $34,000. Giving per church member is $2.75 per week. If you think that is bad, foreign missions giving per church member is fifteen cents a week. Yes, there are those who do more, thankfully, but when you throw all Christians into one big pot and average out their giving, it comes down to just fifteen cents a week.
7. I find those numbers very, very, very troubling. David Barrett also estimates that 34.3 million people die without Christ every year, and of those, 13.2 million were never evangelized. In light of more than 34 million people dying every year lost without Christ, it is tragic, if not a sin, that on the average churches are only giving ten cents out of every one-hundred dollars, and Christians are only giving fifteen cents per week to missions. As we used to say in the mountains of North Carolina, that doesn't cut the mustard.
8. I wan ...
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