Attitude of Ownership (1 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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Attitude of Ownership (1 of 4)
Series: ABC's of Finances
Jeff Strite
I Chronicles 29:1-20

OPEN: Gordon Wood, a preacher in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin once wrote:
"Recently, I tried something different in our worship service. Instead of preaching at the end, I did it first, with music, the offering, and Scripture reading afterward. As I stood behind the pulpit, I could see people getting ready for the offering, until they realized I was starting my message.
Caitlyn, a first grader in the congregation, was perplexed by this change of routine, and whispered frantically to her mom, 'Doesn't he know we haven't paid him to talk yet?'"

APPLY: Why do we give to the church? I mean - do we REALLY give our offerings to pay for the preacher to talk? Do we give of our tithes so that we can make sure staff has their "paychecks" and because the church building needs to be lighted, heated and cooled thru out the year?
In other words: Do we give because we "HAVE" to?
OR
Is there a better reason to give of my offering to the church?

In I Chronicles 29, David tells us why he gave to God.
I. David said he gave - because he believed the money belonged to God to begin with

LOOK WITH ME TO 1 Chronicles 29:13-16 David prays to God:
"Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. We are aliens and strangers in your sight, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. O LORD our God, as for all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name, it comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you."

Who did the money belong to? (GOD)
The money hadn't been David's
The offerings hadn't belonged to the people
Everything belonged to God

II. Why is that important?
Well, 1st - it's true. And David acknowledged it ...


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