In the message on Sunday I mentioned nine principles concerning giving. Unfortunately, a page of my notes had found its way to a location other than the pulpit. So, I was only able to give seven of the principles. In case it’s helpful, here are the nine principles in their entirety.

  • Everything is God’s.
    • ​​​​​​​​”The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, ​​​​​​​the world and those who dwell therein, “​​​  (Ps 24:1, ESV)
  • Treasuring money is idolatry. 
    • For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  (Matt 6:21, ESV),
    • No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.  (Matt 6:24, ESV);
    • Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  (Heb 13:5, ESV)
  • We are to give to those who have need.
    • Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.  (1Tim 6:6-10, ESV);
    • As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.  (1Tim 6:17-19, ESV);
    • But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?  (1John 3:17, ESV)
  • We are to give AS Christ.
    • We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints- and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. But as you excel in everything-in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you-see that you excel in this act of grace also. I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.  (2Cor 8:1-9, ESV)
  • We are to give CHEERFULLY.
    • The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  (2Cor 9:6-7, ESV)
  • We are to give as UNTO Christ.
    • Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’  (Matt 25:37-40, ESV)
  • We are ALL to give. 
    • Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.  (Eph 4:28, ESV)
  • Generosity should mark our lives.
    • ​​​​​​​​Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, ​​​​​​​but blessed is he who is generous to the poor. ​​​  (Prov 14:21, ESV)​​​​​​​​
    • Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, ​​​​​​​and he will repay him for his deed. ​​​  (Prov 19:17, ESV)
  • GOD meets needs through HIS people. All of this Giving is God at work!
    • And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  (Phil 4:19, ESV)