Lesson TEN

Giving

How Much should I Give?

A.     Give Tithes
  1.   Before the Law was instituted, Abraham gave tithes (Genesis 14:20; Hebrew 7:1-7).
  2.   Under the Law, a person gave a tithe - 10% of their gross income to God (Malachi 3:10-12).
  3.   The tithe was holy unto the Lord, and did not belong to the person (Leviticus 27:30).
  4.   The promise in Malachi 3 is that God will prosper the remaining 90% more than the original 100% (Proverbs 11:24; 13:7; Matthew 6:19-21).
  5.   Jesus commended tithing (Matthew 23:23).
B.     Give to Missions
      Where tithes may be seen or interpreted as our obligation, missions giving is an extension of our heart-felt desire to see souls saved.
      Our support of missions at home and abroad is the extension and outreach of our local church. Some of God's greatest blessings have come through missions giving (Philippians 4:13-19; 2 Corinthians 8:1-2).
C.     Give to Others
  1.   God channels His provisions through other people (Luke 6:38).
  2.   One man's abundance is another man's need. Allow God to use you to supply other men's needs. Paul specifically mentions taking offerings for others "... collection for the saints" (1 Corinthians 16:1).
  3.   Although the money may not go to the church, your giving to others is still for the Lord. Jesus said in Matthew 25:45, "Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me."
D.     Give Sacrificially
  1.   They gave out of their deep poverty (2 Corinthians 8:1-2).
  2.   The widow gave two mites, which was all her living (Mark 12:41-44).
  3.   God measures gifts by how much is left, not by how much we give.
  4.   god sees the heart of the giver rather than the size of the gift.
  5.   Any offerings given to missions or other causes should not be deducted from your tithe. The tithe is for your church and its work; offerings are above and beyond the tithe. Malachi 3:8- Notice that "tithes" and "offerings" are not the same, they are listed separately.
How Am I to Give?
A.     Faithfully (1 Corinthians 16:2)
      God will reward your honesty and faithfulness.
B.     Cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7)
      Even more important that the quantity of our giving is its quality, for God loves a cheerful giver.
      "There's that collection plate! Do I have to give something again?" We ought to count it a great privilege and joy to be able to give something back to Him who gave so much for us. As an individual grows in the Lord, his attitude toward giving will more closely follow the principles summarized in 2 Corinthians 9:7.
C.     Willingly (2 Corinthians 8:3-5, 11-12)
D.     Individually (1 Corinthians 16:2)
      Not only the head of the home, but mother and children, too.
      Giving is not only for the rich. It is for the poor also.

Money and Possessions: You Do Not Have to be Poor to Please God!

A.     This is very important to understand. spirituality is not measured by either the abundance or lack or material goods. Nowhere in the Bible does God specifically condemn anyone simply for having money. Instead, he deals with their attitude.
B.     The bible does not say that money is the root of all evil. It says " ... the love of money is the root of all evil ... " (1 Timothy 6:10).
C.     Many godly Bible examples were wealthy.
  1.   Solomon was the wealthiest man in history, yet observe his conclusion of this matter (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).
  2.   Job was the wealthiest man of his day (Job 1:3), yet when all his wealth was gone, observe his attitude (Job 1:20-22).
  3.   Even the Lord Jesus Christ was accompanied by a group of wealthy women who provided for Him Materially (Luke 8:1-3; John 12:3).

At What Point Does Money Interfere with My Relationship with God?

A.     When you trust in it rather than trusting in God (Mark 10:23-27; Proverbs 11:4, 28).
B.     When your affections are set on your earthly possessions instead of your heavenly possessions (Matthew 6:19-21; Colossians 3:1-4).
C.     When you think your own spirituality, another man's spirituality, of god's blessings can be measured by material possessions (Luke 12:15; 1 Samuel 16:7).
D.     When your objective in life becomes to earn as much money as possible (Proverbs 23:4; Ecclesiastes 5:10-12).
E.     When you think that you provide for your own needs instead of God providing them (Philippians 4:19; Deuteronomy 8:10-18).

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