Pastor Shane Ham : First Things First

Generosity 2.0 · 46:00 · Recorded February 23, 2020

First Things First

Proverbs 3:9 (TLB) Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income, and he will fill your barns with wheat and barley and overflow your wine vats with the finest wines.

The 7 Laws of Stewardship

The law of CLARIFICATION

Ask: “Who really owns it?”

1 Chronicles 29:11-12, 16 (NIV) “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things…it comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.”

The law of CALCULATION

Ask: “What have I been given?”

1 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV) What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

The law of CIRCULATION

Ask: “What’s it really for?”

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NIV) Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

The law of COOPERATION

Ask: “How can I join God’s work?”

2 Corinthians 6:1 (NCV) “We are workers together with God. So we beg you: do not let the grace that you received from God be for nothing.”

Romans 11:35-36 (NIV) “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

The law of CULTIVATION

Ask: “What can I sow for a harvest?”

2 Corinthians 9:6, 8, 10 (NLT) A farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop…God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others…For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.

The law of CONSERVATION

Ask: “How can I make this last?”

The law of COMMENDATION

Ask: “What will I be glad I did?”

Matthew 25:23 (BBE) The lord said to him, “Well done, good and true servant: you have been true in a small thing, I will give you control over great things: take your part in the joy of your lord.”

God first in my finances

Malachi 3:8-11 (NKJV) “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and try me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes.”

Respect the godly principle of tithing.

Abel’s offering in Genesis 4:3-4; Abraham’s tithing in Genesis 14:18-23; Jacob’s tithing in Genesis 28:20-22; Jesus’ in Matthew 23:23

Adopt the wise practicality of tithing.

Deuteronomy 14:23 (TLB) Bring this tithe to eat before the Lord your God at the place he shall choose as his sanctuary; this applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn of your flocks and herds. The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.

Honor the exalted priority of your tithe.

Leviticus 27:30 (NIV) “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.”

Remember the amazing power of tithes.

John 6:9-11 (NIV) “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

Experience God’s promise to tithers.

1 Samuel 2:30 (CEV) “I honor anyone who honors me, but I put a curse on anyone who hates me.”

  • A popular phrase says, “Money talks.” If your money talked TO you, what would it probably say? If it talked ABOUT you to others?

  • What excuses have you heard people use for not giving a tithe (10% of income) to God? Make a list, ranking them in order of their legitimacy. How did God help you overcome some of those issues in your own stewardship of finances? If someone told you they’d like to start tithing, what would your advice to them be?

  • Read Jesus’ words in Matthew 23:23-24 about the Pharisees and their tithing. How is it possible to “go wrong” tithing? What things are “more important” than tithing to God and why? What would you say to someone, based on Jesus’ words here, who thought they could just do the more important things and “skip” tithing?

  • When have you felt convinced that God wanted you to give a sum of money for an offering or special purpose? What need did it meet for others? What did YOU gain from the experience?

  • Review “The 7 Laws of Stewardship.” Which of them are most inspiring to you? Convicting? Which do you want to understand and practice better? Pray over these together as a group.

  • Elementary Parents, today we are wrapping up our series on Faith. Ask kids who chose to follow Jesus in our story. (Peter.) What did Jesus to do help Peter believe in who Jesus is? (Filled his nets with fish.) When we believe that Jesus is our rescuer it should cause us to want to follow Jesus and his plan for our lives. Our bottom line is: When you believe in Jesus, you want to follow him.

  • Valley

  • Here's To The One

  • Goodness Of God

  • Yes I Will

  • Crowns

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