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					                              GOD and giving – biblical references

In the beginning…God created the heavens and the earth           Genesis 1:1

All that we possess is entrusted to us by God for his service.

The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in
temples built by hands. He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else…
For in Him we live and move and have our being.                                     Acts 1 7: 24, 25, 28

Abraham’s response to God

       “And He blessed Abram saying,
       Blessed be Abram by God most high,
       Creator of heaven and earth.
       And blessed be god most high
       Who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
       Then Abram gave Him a tenth of everything.        Genesis 14 : 19 – 20

Free-will giving

God said to Jacob: “I am the Lord, I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying.”
The Jacob made a vow, saying: “Of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”
                                                                                  Genesis 28 : 13, 20, 22

The Lord said to Moses: “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me
from each man whose heart prompts him to give.”
                                                    Exodus 25 : 12

The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they have given freely and wholeheartedly
to the Lord.
              1 Chronicles 29 : 9

The came the law

A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord.
The entire tithe of herd and flock…..will be holy to the Lord.
                                                               Leviticus 27 ; 30, 32

Bring the best of the first fruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God.
                                                                                  Exodus 23 : 19

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness….for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Wealth and honour come
from you. Everything comes from you.
                                     1 Chronicles 29 : 11, 12, 14

God gives a Saviour

The Father has sent His Son to be the Saviour of the world for our sins.
                                                                        1 John 4 : 14
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This is love; not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our
sins.
     1 John 4 : 10

God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners Christ died for us.
                                                                                                Romans 5 : 8

God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish
but have eternal life.
                     John 3 : 16

God has given us eternal life, and this is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have
the Son of God does not have life.
                                  1 John 5 : 11, 12

You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became
poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
                                                         2 Corinthians 8 : 9

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
                                               2 Corinthians 9 : 15

God gives to all

He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; He provides you with
plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.
                                             Acts 14 : 17

God gives generously to all.
                           James 1 : 5

God richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
                                                       1 Timothy 6 : 17

God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you
will abound in every good work.
                               2 Corinthians 9 : 8

God’s promises

The Lord God said: “ Will a man rob God? Yet you rob Me.” But you ask, “How do we rob you?” In tithes
and offerings. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse. “Test Me in this, “ says the Lord Almighty, “and
see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have
room enough for it.”
                      Malachi 3 : 8, 10

The Lord Jesus said: “ Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together
and running over, will be poured into your lap.”                                      Luke 6 : 38

God’s desire

Therefore I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and
pleasing to God – which is your spiritual worship.
                                                  Romans 12 : 1

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My Son, give Me your heart.
                          Proverbs 23 : 26

The Lord has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and
to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.
                                           Micah 6 : 8

Jesus said

You cannot serve both God and Money. Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will
eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body
more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
                                                                                       Matthew 6: 24 – 26

We must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “ It is more blessed to give
than to receive.”
                  Acts 20 : 35


The Lord Jesus said: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy,
and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and
rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your
heart will be also.”
                     Matthew 6 : 19 – 21

Attitudes to guide us

As He looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow
put in two very small copper coins. “I tell you the truth” He said, “this poor widow has put in more than all
the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had
to live on.”
             Luke 21 : 1 – 4

According to ability   2 Corinthians 8 : 12           According to income Deuteronomy 16 : 16, 17
Without ostentation    Matthew 6 : 3                  Freely                 Matthew 10 : 8
With simplicity        Romans 12 : 8                  Regularly              1 Corinthians 16 : 2
                                                      Cheerfully             2 Corinthians 9 : 7
Giving for others

And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.
Out of the lost severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For
I testify that they gave us as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,
they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do
as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.
                                                                                       2 Corinthians 8 : 1 – 5

God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His
people and continue to help them.
                                   Hebrews 6 : 10

Consequences
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for
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God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all
times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “He has scattered His
gifts to the poor; His righteousness endures for ever.” Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread
for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your
righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and
through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only
supplying the needs of God’s people, but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
                                                                                    2 Corinthians 9 : 6 – 12

Each of us will give an account of himself to God.
                                                     Romans 14 : 12

It is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
                                                                          1 Corinthians 4 : 2

The Lord Jesus said: “Whoever can be trusted with very little can be trusted with much, and whoever is
dishonest with little will also be dishonest with much.”
                                                        Luke 16 : 10

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!
                                                      Matthew 25 : 21



A selection of Biblical passages to preach on

God Gives
John 3 : 16            God so loved the world that He gave…..
2 Corinthians 9 : 15   Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift……


The challenge of the tithe
Genesis 14 : 19 – 20 Abram and 13, 20, 22 Jacob                       Exodus 23: 19, 25 : 12 Moses
Leviticus 27 : 30, 32 Tithes                                          Malachi 3 : 8, 10 Robbing God!


Total giving
1 Chronicles 29: 9, 11, 12, 14 Yours Lord….                           Acts 17 : 24, 25, 28   All things….
Romans 12 : 1 – 3 Living sacrifices


Good practice
2 Corinthians: 8 & 9 The grace of giving (Macedonians)


Wise words
Proverbs 5: 8, 6 : 12, 22 : 7, 23 : 23, 30 : 7 – 9                    Matthew 6 : 19–24 Treasures in heaven
Matthew 6 : 24 – 26 God of money?                                     Luke 6 : 38    Give good measures
John 6 : 12 Use Gods resources wisely                                 1 Timothy 6 : 6 – 10 Seek contentment

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Attitudes to giving
2 Corinthians 8 : 12 According to ability                      Luke 21 : 1 – 4    Widow’s mite
Matthew 6 : 3   Without ostentation                            Matthew 10 : 8 Freely
Romans 12 : 8    With simplicity                               1 Corinthians 16 : 2 Regularly
2 Corinthians 9 : 7   Cheerfully                               Luke 16 : 21      Rich young ruler
Deuteronomy 16 :16,17 According to income
Matthew 25 : 21 Parable of the talents – what do we do with what we have?


Jesus’ teaching – highlights the importance of our attitude to money and possessions
Matthew 25 : 14-30    Parable of the talents                   Matthew 13     Hidden treasure
Luke 12 : 13 – 21 The rich fool                                Luke 18 : 18-29 The rich young ruler
In fact, two thirds of His parables are about our attitudes to money and possessions. Clearly it was a
problem then as it is now.




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