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Managing My Giving - Offering (4 of 7)
Series: Biblical Money Management
Introduction: Faith to be a Great Giver. A great giver's heart with a great giver's faith will result in great giving. The Bible portrays God as a great giver, liberal with His resources, always ready to give abundantly into the needs of His people. We are created in the image of God. We are also capable of being great givers. I believe giving is opposite to our human nature, especially our unredeemed carnal nature. To be a great giver you need a new nature, a Holy Spirit empowered nature with an attitude of faith and expectation. We seek to become a people who have a giving spirit. A great giver's heart with a great giver's faith will result in great giving. Our motive for great giving is to advance the kingdom of God. Giving to God is confronting our carnal nature, confronting our culture of greed, selfishness, credit madness and unnecessary accumulation of things.
Winston Churchill: "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
John Bunyan, the author of Pilgrim's Progress wrote, "A man there was, and they called him mad; the more he gave, the more he had." Of course Bunyan was writing of the Christian. To the world, such a principle of giving is nonsense. Only to the Christian, who understands that true worth is also spiritual, does this make sense. Hence, in giving to God, he looks for spiritual returns. Faith believes God desires to bless His people with great provisions, both financially and spiritually.
I. THE BELIEVER'S OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE
A. GIVING THE TITHE
Tithe is the tenth part of anything. It is the first part of our income, of all we earn, and it already belongs to the Lord. This is our first giving responsibility and our minimum financial commitment.
B. GIVING OF OUR OFFERING
1. An offering is an undesignated, unlimited amount given as a free-will love gift unto the Lord. We are encouraged in Scripture to grow in ...
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