by Steve Wagers

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Basics for Believers
Steve Wagers
Malachi 3:7-12
April 15. 2007

Sermon Outline
1. What the Lack of Giving Reveals!
A) A Defrauding of God
B) A Departure from God
2. What the Law of Giving Requires!
A) The Percentage God has Determined
B) The Place God has Designated
C) The Purpose God has Defined
3. What the Life of Giving Receives!
A) A Refusal to Give is Reproved
B) A Readiness to Give is Rewarded
1) The Promise of Provision
2) The Promise of Protection

A teacher was struggling to teach arithmetic to a young boy. So she said, 'If you reached into your pocket and found a nickel and you reached in your other pocket and found another nickel, what would you have?" The boy thought for a moment and replied, 'Someone else's pants!'

I think of a rookie policeman who was taking a test. His lieutenant asked him, "Son, what strategy would you use to disperse a threatening crowd?" The rookie immediately said, "I would take up an offering."

I am going to do something today that Church growth experts say should not be done. I am going to preach on the subject of money; but, particularly money as it relates to the Christian life.

The Bible has much to say about a man and his money. The Bible indicates that much can be known about a person's relationship to God by how he handles his money. The Bibles instructs us on how we are to save our money, secure our money, and spend our money.

I know that some of you are thinking, "Here he goes again! All that preacher is interested in is my money!" However, if you have been around here for any length of time you know that I do not preach very much at all on money and giving.

But, the greatest preacher that ever lived, the Lord Jesus Christ, spoke more about money than any other subject. In the gospel writings, 1 out of every 6 verses deal with money; and, of the 29 parables Jesus told, 16 deals with a person and their money.

Thus, it is my responsibilit ...

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