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What the Bible says about Giving

Theology of Christian Grace Giving:

“There is one who scatters, yet increases more: And here is one who withholds
more than what is right, but it leads to poverty”.
Proverbs 11:24

Prescription for Grace Giving:

“Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the
churches of Galatia, so you must also do: On the first day of the week let each
of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no
collections when I come.” – 1 Corinthians 16:1-2

  • Giving should be regular
    ”First day of the week”
  • Giving should be systematic
    “Lay something aside”
  • Giving should be proportionate
    “As he may prosper”

Attitude in Grace Giving:

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of
necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7

  • Cheerful, not grudgingly! Willingly, from the heart
    Exodus 25:2, 35-36:2, Ezra 2:68-69
  • Non-compulsive, by force, emotionalism, pressure, guilt!
    (induces animosity)
  • Motivated by love and generosity
    Luke 21:1-4 widows mite, 1 Corinthians 13:3
  • In secret
    Matthew 6:3-4
  • Give with simplicity
    Romans 12:6 NKJ
  • Give honestly
    Matthew 6:2-4
  • Give freely
    Matthew 10:8
  • Give because of Agape Love
    1 Corinthians 13:3

What Grace Giving is Not

  • An ” investing” formula for material goods/wealth
  • “To get something back”
  • Manipulated, motivated, or coerced by emotional appeals
  • Impulse by tradition, customs, or ritual
  • Out of peer pressure, ”Everyone is doing it!”
  • When giving is not in accordance to your prospering
  • “Removing” guilt (thus the term ’guilt-money’)

Grace Giving Criteria:

  • Regeneration-You must be born –again! A personal-relationship with God
  • Understand the principles and standards of grace giving.
    2 Corinthians 9: 6-15
  • Must posses Christian maturity.
    2 Corinthians 8:5
  • “No strings attached”-giving without hidden agendas.
    Matthew 6:2
  • Grace Giving is something we are, not something we do.

Failure of Honoring God with Grace Giving:

  • We rob God!
    Read Malachi 3
  • Forfeit the blessings promised in
    Malachi 3:10
  • Contradiction – To claim to have experienced the grace of God in forgiveness and yet be ungracious is a contradiction of New Testament truth, “Freely you have received, freely give.”
    Matthew 10:8
  • Suspended growth-Failure to thrive to Christian maturity
  • The sin of forgetfulness
    Deuteronomy 8:11-20

Our universe operates under both physical and spiritual law, so is the law of giving a spiritual law.“For with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you” – Luke 6:38.

Paul said it this way, “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” – 2 Corinthians 9:6

This law of giving is demonstrated in agriculture. If you plant a field of corn and are frugal in the planting seed- perhaps you plant each seed two feet apart instead of six inches—you’ll reap a sparse crop. If you sow sparingly, you’re going to reap sparingly. But if you sow bountifully, you’ll also reap bountifully. That is exactly God’s law of giving. A lot of times it is difficult to understand how these spiritual laws operate. And because we don’t see how they could possibly function, we say, “Since I can’t understand how that works, I am keeping my money.”

The Rock Christian Fellowship
P.O. Box 32648 Newark, N.J. 07102
(973) 955-6700, or email us at info@therocknewark.org