by Steve Wagers

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Robbery Without a Weapon! (1 of 5)
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Malachi 3: 7-12

Series: "Money Talks: But What Does It Say?"

1. I am going to do something this morning that Church Growth experts say should not be done. I am going to begin a series on giving. Many of these experts say that, in this "seeker sensitive age," that preaching on giving is not enjoyed or appreciated by those who attend a church. However, contrary to their opinion, I feel it necessary to spend a few weeks on the subject of money, and giving.

2. The Bible has much to say about a man and his money. The Bible informs us that much can be told about a person's relationship to God in how he handles his money. The Bible instructs us on how we are to save our money, how we are to secure our money and how we are to spend our money. In fact, if you were to study the gospel accounts you would find that 1 out of ever 6 verses deal with money. Of the 29 parables Jesus told, 16 deal with a person and their money.

3. Thus, it is my responsibility as your pastor to deal with the subject of money for two reasons. First, I am going to preach on money, and giving because, not to do so, is to rob you of the joy of learning how to give and be blessed of God. If I fail to preach on the subject, then I rob you of a blessing, and fail to mature you in one of the greatest areas of the Christian life.

4. Secondly, I preach on money, and giving to be faithful to the call of God upon my life, which is to preach the whole counsel of God. Again, one of the biggest subjects in the Bible is the matter of our money, and giving; thus, to ignore the subject of giving is to fail in my responsibility of preaching the Bible.

5. One of the most common stereotypes of a church, and preacher, is to hear someone say, "All they talk about, and all they want is your money!" However, if you have been around here for any length of time you know that I do not preach much on money and giving. So, if that is you ...

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