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.”

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