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Altar Ego: Giving From A Faithful Heart (1 of 4)
Series: What's On Your Altar?
INTRO: Take your Bibles and be finding your place at Genesis chapter 4. If you're new here, January is always stewardship month at Temple Baptist Church. We're going to be learning that everything we have belongs to God. We're going to be learning that God has blessed us, not just so that we could say that we're blessed, but so that we could in return be a blessing. And we're going to be learning that God has blessed us with time, with a testimony, with talents, and with treasure not just so that we could use those things on ourselves, but so that we could use them for His glory and to be a blessing to other people.
Now, I'm doing something this morning that I've never done in my life. I like firsts and this is a first for me. I am ending one series of sermons and beginning another series of sermons with the same sermon. Now, is that efficient or what? I've never done that before in my life. But I'm concluding our series through the beginning book of the Bible, the book of Genesis and I'm beginning a new series through the remainder of that book on offerings and giving and sacrifice that I want to put in the form of a question and the question is found there at the top of your note page – What's on your altar?
This morning we're going to be learning what it means to give out of a faithful heart by looking at the very first offering ever recorded in all of the Bible. In Genesis chapter 4 we have the very familiar story of Cain and Abel. And as we study this story this morning we're going to see that Abel wasn't just a hero of the faith, as Hebrews 11 tells us, but he was also a prime example of how to give a financial offering to God that He will accept. And we're going to see in just a minute that this man was a great man who teaches us a great lesson, not just on how to live, but also how to give. And we are to give and live by faith ...
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