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									GIVING RBBC Discipleship Lesson # 12 “What is the Meaning of Giving, and What are My Responsibilities in This Area?” Giving is an extremely controversial subject in Christianity today, largely due to the severe pressures exerted on God‟s people to give to so many worthy causes. This is perhaps one of the most misunderstood subjects in Christianity. PURPOSE OF THIS LESSON This lesson is intended to deal with the Christian‟s responsibility in stewardship of his life as well as his resources. Before you can properly understand the nature of New Testament giving, you must understand one fact clearly: God does not need your money. Psalms 24:1 We will explore why we should give, the purpose of giving, what God would have us to give, how much we should give, and what our attitudes toward giving should be.

I. Why Should I Give? A. Give in order to honor God and show obedience to his word. Proverbs 3:9,10 B. Give to show that you are „Thankful‟ for what God has first done and given to you. II Corinthians 9:15 C. Giving is a way of acknowledging that God has ownership of all things. Psalms 50:10,11,12; 104:24; 115:15,16; Job 41:11 D. Giving is a way of proving the sincerity of our love for God. II Corinthians 8:5,8 E. Giving develops in us an attitude of grace. II Corinthians 8:6,7; 9:7,8

1. Giving develops in us an attribute of God: Giving - John 3:16; I John 4:9 2. Giving develops in us another attribute of God: Grace – I Peter 4:10

F. Giving affords us t he opportunity to make eternal investments. Philippians 4:17; Matthew 6:19-21; Revelations 3:18 G. Giving procures God‟s blessings on our personal finances. We cannot “out give” God. Luke 6:38; Malachi 3:10

II. What is The Purpose For Giving? A. Faithful giving of the saints through a local church supports missions. Not every believer will go, but all can send. Philippians 4:15,16; II Corinthians 11:9 B. Giving supports those within the church body who are unable to support themselves.

1. Those who are faithful to the church. Acts 6:1 2. It is the obligation of the personal family to support those in certain situations. I Timothy 5:9,10,16

C. Giving supports the leaders of the Local church. I Timothy 5:17,18 D. Giving supports the “nuts and bolts” operations of the local church: utilities, materials, maintenance, etc… II Corinthians 8:4 1. You should have confidence in the way your church leaders handle “God‟s Money”. Although not necessary, an annual financial report and an “open door” financial policy, where any member could address a question to an administration manager or deacon, would certainly build member confidence. If you are curious or have good reason to believe that the church‟s resources are not being used scripturally, then speak to the individuals with that responsibility. II Corinthians 8:20,21 III. What Should We Give? Before you consider giving anything, it is important for us to remember that we ourselves have been purchased by God with „The Blood of Jesus Christ‟ and we now belong to Him. I Corinthians 6:19,20. A. We are as to give ourselves wholly to the things of God. I Timothy 4:15, II Corinthians 8:3 -5,12; and Romans 12:1 B. We are to Give attendance to the reading of God‟s Word. I Timothy 4:13 C. We‟re told to Give earnest heed to what we have heard concerning God and His word. Hebrews 2:1 D. We are to Give ourselves continually to prayer. Acts 6:4 E. We are encouraged to Give Thanks at all time for all things. I Thessalonians 5:18 F. We are voluntarily Give of the three resources God has given to Us. These three resources include: 1. Giving of Our Time 2. Giving of Our Talent (Spiritual Gift) also known as serving 3. Give of our Treasure IV. How Much Should I Give? Even More important that the quantity of our giving is its quality, for God Loves a Cheerful Giver. II Corinthians 9:7 A. Give Tithes Before the law was instituted, Abraham gave tithes. Genesis 14:20; Hebrew 7:1-7 Under the law, a person gave a tithe /s 10% of their income to God. Malachi 3:10-12 The tithe, Leviticus 27:30, was holy unto the Lord, and did not belong to the person. We are not bound by the tithe, As we grow in our knowledge and faith towards God we should look for an opportunity to go beyond the tithe. Matthew 5:17 5. The promise in Malichi 3 is that God will prosper the remaining 90% more than the original 100%. Proverbs 11:24; 13:7; Matthew 6:19,20 1. 2. 3. 4.

B. Give to Missions Where tithes may be seen or interpreted as our obligation, missions giving is an extension of our heart-felt desire to see souls saved. Supporting missions at home and abroad is the extension and outreach of our local church. Some of God‟s greatest blessings have come through missions giving. Philippians 4:13-19; II Corinthians 8:1,2 C. Give to Others 1. God channels His provisions through other people. Luke 6:38 “… Shall men give into your bosom” 2. One man‟s abundance is another man‟s need. Allow God to use you to supply other men‟s needs and thereby put the love of God into action (I John 3:16,17 ).In I Corinthians 16:1-3, Paul specifically mentions taking offerings for others “… collection for the saints.” 3. Although the money may not go to the church your giving to others is still for and towards the Lord. As Jesus put it, “In as Much as you have done it unto one of the least if these my brethren, you have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:35,36,40,45 D. Give Sacrificially 1. 2. 3. 4. The Christians at the Macedonian Church gave out of their deep poverty. II Corinthians 8:1-5 God measures gifts by viewing our willingness to give our best. God sees the heart of the giver above the size of the gift The widow gave two mites which was all her living. Matthew 12:42

V. How Are We To Give? A. Give Faithfully – God will reward your honesty and faithfulness. I Corinthians 16:2 B. Give Individually – I Corinthians 16:2 C. Give Cheerfully – Christians ought to count it a great privilege and joy to be able to give something back to Him who gave so much for us. As an individual grows in the Lord his attitude toward giving will more closely follow the principles summarized in II Corinthians 9:7 D. Give Willingly – Remember Giving isn‟t only for the head of the House, but for mother, and children also. Giving is not for the rich only but also for the poor. II Corinthians 8:3-5,11,12 VI. Conclusion God‟s overriding principle for any investment; whether it be family or finances, whether it be soul winning or service, the more that I invest, the greater will be my return. II Corinthians 9:6

Questions and Answers 1. Read Psalms 24:1 and tell me who is the true owner of all that you have. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ 2. From Proverbs 3:9,10 how does God view our giving and how will God reward our faithful giving. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

3. Read Psalms 50:10,11,12 and write down how much of your money you think God needs. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ 4. From II Corinthians 9:7,8 what is God‟s response to our heartfelt, cheerful giving. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ 5. When we read Matthew 6:19,20 what should we conclude about our giving to the Lord. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ 6. What does God use to aid in His decision when it comes to determining how much to give to us according to Luke 6:38. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ 7. From II Timothy 5:16,17,18 what are some of the areas that our giving should go to. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ 8. From this lesson what is a tithes _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ 9. Based on (II Corinthians 8:1,2 and Matthew 12:42) what do you think a person that is struggling financially do when it comes to giving to the Lord and why do you think this. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

10. From II Corinthians 9:7 what should be the attitude of one who is going to give to the Lord _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ 11. Reading Matthew 25:34-40 how should we treat others and who see‟s it even though we are not aware that He‟s watching. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________


								
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