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The Power of Belief (2 of 4)
Series: ABC's Of Giving
1 Chronicles 29:1-22
The following sermon was used in conjunction with the book ''Take God at His Word, Book 2: Expect a Harvest'' written by Dr. Kregg Hood, Sweet Publishing (5750 Stratum Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76137)
Dr. Hood has an excellent packet to go with this sermon series that would be well worth your investigation.
OPEN: A mother wanted to teach her daughter a moral lesson. She gave the little girl a quarter and a dollar for church. ''Put whichever one you want in the collection plate and keep the other for yourself,'' she told the girl.
When they were leaving church, the mother asked her daughter which amount she had given.
''Well,'' said the little girl, ''I was going to give the dollar, but just before the collection the man in the pulpit said that we should all be cheerful givers. I knew I'd be a lot more cheerful if I gave the quarter… so I did.''
APPLY: The mother may not have agreed with her daughter's reasoning, but at the heart of the matter is this fact - the daughter gave in the way she believed.
AND IT'S TRUE OF ALL CHRISTIANS - We give as we believe.
I. In I Chronicles David led the people to believe in what they are giving to.
David believed that God deserved Temple. At first God would not let him build the temple. He was not allowed to because as I Chronicles 28:2-3 tells us: David was a man of war and blood. That was not the type of man God wanted to have building the Temple.
BUT David still believed that a temple for God should be built, AND SO (vs 2ff) he dedicated his own wealth to the project. And his vision is so INFECTIOUS that (vs 6) the other leaders dedicated money for the Temple. And then (vs 9) the people gave freely and wholeheartedly to the new Temple.
And because of their VISION and because of their BELIEF Israel built a temple to God that was so beautiful that it shone like a golden sun on Mt. Zion, AND it testified to the ...
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