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Biblical Giving (8 of 8)
Series: 1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians 16, Matthew 16
One Sunday a pastor told his congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns. After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in offering. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he'd like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate. A very quiet, elderly, saintly lady all the way in the back shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the pastor. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns. Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to the three handsomest men in the building and said, ''I'll take him and him and him!''
INTRODUCTION: Nowhere does the bible speak more practically about giving that it does in 1 Corinthians. Paul addresses the subject of giving at length twice in the 1 Corinthians in chapter 9 and 16. Everything Paul says about giving is grounded on one massive assumption, that is - The Local Church is Christ's plan for making disciples of all the nations. If you are not thoroughly and completely convinced of that fact, you will always struggle with giving.
If you don't get the priority of the local church, you will always be offended with the Pastor talks about giving of your time, talent and resources. If you understand it deeply, you will be offended when the Pastor is afraid to address the subject. Let me explain:
Matthew 16:13-20 (ESV)
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ''Who do people say that the Son of Man is?'' 14 And they said, ''Some say John the ...
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