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Part of Pastor Norman Barr's Doctrine of the Church Series: The Dynamics and Mechanics of Giving (tithes, offerings, expenses and savings) The Scripture reading from 1 Cor 16:1-4 was not recorded at the time of the sermon and has been added subsequently.
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Giving is a choice and is different from tithing. Every year at Victory we take up a First Fruits Offering. Learn why we choose to give some of our first things to God.
Is missionary work a blessing or a burden to me? How much am I prepared to give for the work of God, we are not talking only financially, there is much more to giving than that. Where is our heart when it comes to giving?
Giving is a touchy subject for some people. Today we're going to go to the Bible to see what it says about Giving. Let's discover the truth about giving to your local church.
LIVING A CHRIST-CENTERED LIFE AND EXPERIENCING GOD'S FAITHFULNESS (Malachi 3:6-12 * Message #5/6) 09-13-09
INTRODUCTION 1) Relevance to our Daily Lives: Experiencing God's faithfulness during troubled times thru a relationship with Jesus Christ (evidenced by sincere worship and generous giving by faith). 2) Message/Disputation #5: Israel’s begrudging Offerings are condemned as God’s Faithfulness is affirmed. GOD’S FAITHFULNESS TO HIS COVENANT 1) Knowing the LORD who is Faithful v6. 2) Understanding Covenantal Faithfulness vs6-7. 3) Returning to God thru Faithfulness in Offerings vs7-10. 4) Enjoying Covenantal Blessings vs10-12. LIVING A CHRIST-CENTERED LIFE 1) In General: --> Come to Jesus; --> Hear & Obey His Word; --> Rejoice & Pray. 2) Thru Faithful & Generous Offerings (“Principles of Tithing & NT Giving”): --> giving 10% of your Income; --> giving your First-fruits in Worship; --> giving by Faith with Cheerful Hearts; --> giving to and thru the Local Church (for Ministers & those in Need). 2) Experiencing God’s Faithfulness (principles taken from the Apostle Paul): --> Paul’s Strength in Christ amidst Suffering and Weakness; --> Paul’s Contentment in Christ amidst Modest Living; --> Paul’s Faith in Christ and Warning against the Love of Money; --> Paul’s Confidence in Christ when Facing Death.
EMBRACING CHRIST-CENTERED LEADERSHIP AND GLORIFYING GOD'S NAME IN THIS WORLD (Malachi 1:6-2:9 * Message #2) 08-16-09
INTRODUCTION TO TODAY’S MESSAGE: 1) Relevance to our Daily Lives: Recognizing the influence of role models and leaders; and Experiencing the purpose, joy, peace & security found in living for the honor and glory of God’s name (His reputation) in this world. 2) Review from Last Week: --> Malachi’s Message: a call to renewal for God’s people in their covenant with Him (covenant is a promised based relationship between two parties). Israel was suffering economically, politically, and spiritually due to their sins (half-hearted worship, ungodly leadership, divorce/adultery, & neglect of social justice). God’s promise of their glorious restoration as a kingdom had not been realized, yet the unbelieving peoples around them (including their enemies) appeared better off than they were. --> God as “the LORD of hosts”: The name “God” (the mighty one) is used only seven times in Malachi. God’s personal name “the LORD” (“Yahweh” which means “He is”) is used 46 times, and use of this name implies a personal relationship with God (see Exodus 3). With that, over 43% of the verses in Malachi contain some form of the phrase “the LORD of hosts” which implies that Israel’s personal God (the LORD) reigns over all the armies (hosts) in heaven and on earth. The prophet’s constant use of this name would reassure Israel of the LORD’s love & power to protect them. --> Six Disputations: Malachi raises six disputes that the LORD has with His people, using the reoccurring phrase “but you say…” followed by the people’s corresponding complaint against the LORD (“but you say” in Dispute #1 is found in Malachi 1:2; for #2 see 1:6,7,13; for #3 see 2:14; for #4 see 2:17; for #5 see 3:7,8; and for #6 see 3:13). In the 1st Disputation, God rebuked His people for questioning His love for them, and said they would see and declare His greatness after He judged their enemies. 3) Disputation #2: God rebukes Israel’s begrudging offerings, confronting the priests for their ungodly leadership which was allowing and promoting this (in Disputation #5, Malachi confronts the people themselves). Priests: in the Old Testament, God chose the Levites (the tribe of Levi, one of Jacob’s 12 sons) to lead God’s people in worship, as representatives of the firstborn from every Israelite family. Within the Levites, God consecrated Aaron and his descendants to be priests (ones who mediated between the LORD and His people, and instructed Israel in godly living). HALF-HEARTED/POLLUTED WORSHIP. 1) The LORD Confronts the Priests: --> Honor God in Worship (Mal 1:6-10); --> Glorify God in this World (Mal 1:11-14). 2) The LORD Rebukes the Priests: --> Take to Heart God’s Honor (Mal 2:13); --> Walk in Covenant with God (Mal 2:4-9). WHOLE-HEARTED/HOLY WORSHIP. 1) Embracing Christ-Centered Leadership: --> What does this look like?; --> How is this lived out? 2) Glorifying God’s Name in this World: --> as “the Priesthood of all Believers”; --> with the Joy and Peace of Jesus Christ.