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Through the Habit of Giving (6 of 8)
Series: Growing Strong
2 Corinthians 8:7
I. GIVING BENEFITS YOUR LIFE
A. GIVING MAKES ME LIKE GOD
B. GIVING DRAWS ME CLOSER TO GOD
C. GIVING BREAKS THE GRIP OF MATERIALISM
D. GIVING STRENGTHENS MY FAITH
E. GIVING IS AN INVESTMENT IN ETERNITY
F. GIVING BLESSES ME IN RETURN
G. GIVING BRINGS ME TRUE JOY
Today's message is Growing Strong through the Habit of Giving. You may remember that a few Sundays ago, I preached on discipleship, and I gave you that little illustration of the disciple's cross. Jesus said, ''Take up your cross.'' Well, what is it to take up your cross?
I gave you that illustration of our cross. The cross means that we develop some disciple habits. We make some things a part of our life where we have to choose death to self in order to accomplish those things. To take up your cross is a conscious decision everyday that you live. It is a decision to follow Christ and reject self.
As you look at that cross on your outline, today, you see that Christ is the center of your life. Then you see on the one hand is fellowship, prayer, the Word of God, and then, tithing is a part of that cross. We are going to talk about that, today. Now, I want you to notice in 2 Corinthians 8:7 in the Phillips Translation.
The apostle Paul, writing to the church in Corinth, said this: ''You already excel in other good qualities. You have faith, knowledge, enthusiasm, and love. Now, add generosity to your virtue.''
Now, the apostle Paul recognized that God had blessed the church at Corinth with many wonderful gifts, and that they were performing marvelously in many areas of their life, but he said, ''You are lacking in one thing, and you need to add that thing to your life in order to be complete and in order to be mature as a believer in Christ.''
I have discovered that one of the things that people surrender last to the Lord when they come to the Lord is in the area of their f ...
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