Lesson 3 – Giving As An Act of Worship
October 16, 2021
MANAGING OUR FINANCES – God’s Way
Elder Avon Randle
Lesson 3 – Giving As An Act of Worship
“You must remember the words of the Lord Jesus:
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” ~ Acts 20:35b (NLT)
When you give to God, you discover that God gives to you.
THREE FACTS ABOUT BIBLICAL GENEROSITY:
1. God generous people.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” ~ Luke 6:38 (NIV)
“A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.” ~ Proverbs 22:9 (NIV)
“He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done. ~ Proverbs 19:17 (NIV)
Generous giving produces:
Where you find a generous nation, a generous family, a generous individual, a generous company or organization, as a general rule you will find blessing and prosperity. God blesses generous people.
2. God provides a for generous people.
Five characteristics of biblical generosity:
a. Biblical generosity gives the and the to God.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” ~ Proverbs 3:9-10 (NIV)
• The first tenth belongs to God. It’s called a .
b. Biblical generosity is and .
“On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” ~ 1 Corinthians 16:2 (NIV)
We not only give our first and our best to the Lord, we give it regularly and systematically.
c. Biblical generosity is to our income.
Being generous isn’t just about percentages. Its’s also about proportion.
d. Biblical generosity involves .
“And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.” ~ 2 Corinthians 8:1-4 (NIV)
God measures generosity not just by the amount or the percentage, but also by the depth of sacrifice.
“But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” ~ 2 Samuel 24:24a
“Our culture values the size of the gift, but God values the size of what we keep.” — Ed Owens, Chicago fund manager
e. Biblical generosity is thoughtful, voluntary, and .
“So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given. 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” ~ 2 Corinthians 9:5-7 (NIV)
3. Generosity begins with a .
“By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.” ~ Hebrews 11:4 (NIV)
Living on Purpose:
You can give without worshiping, but you cannot worship without giving—giving your praise, your love, your time, and your resources from a genuine heart of gratitude. Jesus said in Matthew 15:8-9a (NLT), “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away. 9a Their worship is a farce . . .” Obviously, God cares about our giving. He is concerned not simply that we give, but why we give.
What about you? What is the condition of your heart when it comes to worshiping God with the fruits of your life? When you give, are you doing it out of obligation—a sense of duty—or from a heart overflowing with joy and gratitude for what God has given you? Consider carefully what Jesus said: Worship that doesn’t come from the heart is just religious activity.
When you work for a paycheck, you are literally trading your life for money. The ultimate form of Christian worship is a life given to God. Why is giving back to God financially so important to our spiritual growth? As a group, respond to this question and discuss these thoughts on worshiping God through giving.
Putting It Into Practice:
This week we are going to put together a Spending Plan. There are two steps to completing this. First, fill out the Monthly Income & Priority Expenses form; then proceed to the Spending Plan worksheet. This exercise will take some time, so please plan accordingly.
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