Lesson TEN

Giving

"What is the Meaning of Giving, and What Are My Responsibilities in this Area?"

Giving is an extremely controversial subject in Christianity, largely due to the severe pressures exerted on God's people to give to son many worthy causes. This is perhaps one of the most misunderstood subjects in Christianity. This lesson deals with the Christian's responsibility in stewardship of his life as well as his resources.

Before you can properly understand the nature of New Testament giving, you must understand on e fact: God doesn't need your money. "The earth is the Lord's .. " (Psalms 24:1).

We will  explore why we should give, the purpose of giving, what
God would have us to give, how much we should give, and what our attitudes toward giving should be.

Why Should I Give?

A.     Christians should give to honor God through obedience (Proverbs 3:9-10).
B.     We should give because we are thankful for what God has first done for us (2 Corinthians 9:15).
C.     We should give to acknowledge God's ownership of all things (Psalms 50:10-12; 104:24; 115:15-16; Job 41:11).
D.     Giving proves the sincerity of our love for God (2 Corinthians 8:8),
E.     Giving develops in us some attributes of God.
  1.   Giving (John 3:16; 1 John 4:9)
  2.   Grace (2 Corinthians 8:6-7; 9-8; 1 Peter 4:10).
F.     Giving affords us the opportunity to make eternal investments (Philippians 4:17; Matthew 6:19-21; Revelation 3:18).
G.     Giving procures God's blessings on our personal finances. We cannot "out give" God (Luke 6:38; Malachi 3:10).

What is the Purpose for Giving?

A.     Faithful giving of the saints through a local church supports missions. Not every believer will go, but all can send (Philippians 4:15-16; 2 Corinthians 11:9).
B.     Giving supports those within the church body who are unable to support themselves.
  1.   Those who are faithful to the church (Acts 6:1).
  2.   Those who do not have family to help them (1 Timothy 5:16)
C.     Giving supports the leaders of the local church (1 Timothy 5:17-18).
D.     Giving supports the "nuts and bolts" operation of the local church; utilities, materials, maintenance, etc ... (2
Corinthians 8:4
).

You should have confidence in the way your church leaders handle God's money. Although not necessary, an annual financial report and question to an administrative manager or deacon, would certainly build member confidence. If you are curious or have good reason to believe that the church's resources are not being used scripturally, then speak to the individuals with that responsibility (2 Corinthians 8:20-21).

What Should I Give?

Before we consider giving anything, we must remember that we ourselves have been purchased by God with Christ's blood and we belong to Him  (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

A.     Give ourselves wholly to the things of God (1 Timothy 4:15; 2 Corinthians 8:3-5, 12; Romans 12:1).
B.     Give attendance to the reading of God's Word (1 Timothy 4:13).
C.     Give earnest heed to what we have heard (Hebrews 2:1).
D.     Give ourselves continually to prayer (Acts 6:4).
E.     Give thanks for everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
F.     Give voluntarily of the three resources God has given you:
  1.   Time
  2.   Talent
  3.   Treasure

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