Pastor Shane Ham : Getting the Most from Your Giving

Generosity 2.0 · 48:40 · Recorded March 1, 2020

Getting The Most From Your Giving

Matthew 25:23 (NIV) “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’”

Luke 6:38 (NIV) “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.”

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (BBE) Give orders to those who have money and goods in this life…to do good, having wealth in good works, being quick to give…so that the true life may be theirs.

1. Embody the 7 Laws of Stewardship.

1 Peter 4:10 (ESV) As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.

2. Be a life-long “worship giver!”

Psalm 116:12 (NKJV) “What shall I render to the LORD For all His benefits toward me?”

Make the Lord’s work your giving priority.

Matthew 6:10 (NCV) May your kingdom come and what you want be done, here on earth as it is in heaven.

Only his church outlasts everything.

Matthew 16:18 (CSB) “I will build My church, and the forces of Hades will not overpower it.”

Matthew 28:19-20 (CSB) “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Only our giving keeps it going!

Ephesians 4:16 (NIV) From him [Christ, the head] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Galatians 6:6 (NIV) Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.

1 Corinthians 9:13-14 (ESV) Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.

Practice scriptural guidelines for giving.

Give consistently & proportionately.

1 Corinthians 16:1-2 (TLB) On every Lord’s Day each of you should put aside something from what you have earned during the week, and use it for this offering. The amount depends on how much the Lord has helped you earn.

Give humbly & eagerly.

2 Corinthians 8:12 (NIV) If the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

Mark 12:41-44 (NIV) Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything — all she had to live on.”

Give deliberately & joyfully.

2 Corinthians 9:7 (NCV) Each one should give as you have decided in your heart to give. You should not be sad when you give, and you should not give because you feel forced to give. God loves the person who gives happily.

Try out God’s tithing promise for yourself!

Malachi 3:10-11 (NKJV) “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.”

3. Live with an open hand and heart.

Proverbs 19:17 (ESV) Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed.

4. Strive to do more with more, not just gain more.

  • How has this series made a difference in how you feel and think about generosity? What would you say you “get out of giving” if a skeptic were to ask?

  • What was the biggest hang-up you had to deal with about becoming a giver? What changed your thinking?

  • When considering the “scriptural guidelines” for giving from today’s message, were any surprising? Which do you find most encouraging to your generosity? Which is easiest for you to do at this point in your spiritual journey?

  • What considerations do you make when giving to a needy individual?

  • Review “The 7 Laws of Stewardship” again. Review each of the scriptures mentioned on this outline and see if they “fit” or illustrate any one in particular. Is there “overlapping” you notice? What does this tell you? Has God turned your attention this week to one of those laws? Pray for each other’s obedience to these ways of God.

  • Elementary Parents, this week we are starting a series on forgiveness. We said forgiveness is choosing to let it go. Ask kids who were the rule followers. (The Pharisees.) Who did the Pharisees bring to Jesus? (A woman who had done something wrong.) The Pharisees saw her sin and a need for punishment; Jesus saw someone he loved who needed to be forgiven. Ask kids what it took for her, and for us, to be forgiven. (Jesus died on a cross to take the punishment for our sins so we can be forgiven.) Our bottom line is we all need to be forgiven.

  • Great Things

  • God Of The Promise

  • O Praise The Name

  • Crowns

  • Thank You Song

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