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Giving

1. The Bible commands believers to give:

Deut.15:7,8 - Thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand...thou shalt open thine hand wide
Pro.3:27 - Withhold not good from them to whom it is due
Pro.3:28 - Say not, tomorrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee
Mat.5:42 - Give to him that asketh thee, &...would borrow
Lk.3:11 - He that hath two coats...impart to him that hath none
Rom.12:13 - Distributing to the necessity of saints...hospitality

2. God blesses us when we give:

Mat.6:4 - Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly

A. Spiritual blessings:

Pro.11:25 - The liberal soul...he that watereth shall be watered
Pro.13:7b - (He) maketh himself poor [gives], yet hath great riches
Pro.14:21 - He that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he
Mk.10:21 - Give to the poor, & thou shalt have treasure in Heaven
Acts 20:35 - It is more blessed to give than to receive

B. Material blessings:

Deut.15:10 - For this the Lord shall bless thee in all thy works
Pro.11:24a - There is that scattereth, & yet increaseth
Isa.58:10,11 - If thou draw out thy soul to the hungry...the Lord... shall satisfy thy soul in drought
Lk.6:38a - Give, & it shall be given unto you; good measure
Lk.6:38b - With the same measure ye mete it shall be measured

3. Giving to God's work:

A. When we give, we are giving to Jesus:

Mat.25:40 - Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me

B. When we give to God's work, we are investing:

Pro.19:17 - He... lendeth unto the Lord; &...He will pay him again
Lk.10:30-37 - Whatsoever thou spendest...when I come, I will repay
Phi.4:17 - Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit (saved souls) that may abound to your account

C. God will pay us back for sacrificial giving:

Pro.22:9 - He...shall be blessed; for he giveth...to poor
Pro.28:27a - He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack
Eccl.11:1 - Cast thy bread upon the waters: thou shalt find it
2Cor.9:6b - He which soweth bountifully shall reap bountifully

4. Christian duty regarding giving & sharing:

2Cor.8:4,5,7 - As ye abound in every thing, in faith...in love...see that ye abound in this grace (giving) also
Heb.13:16 - To do good & communicate (share w/ others) forget not

A. Obligation to support fulltime workers & missionaries:

Rom.15:27 - Their debtors they are...their duty is to minister unto them in carnal things
1Cor.9:6-11 - If we have sown unto you spiritual things...we shall reap your carnal (material & financial) things
Gal.6:6 - Let him that is taught communicate (share materially) to him that teacheth
1Tim.5:17,18 - They who labour in the Word...the labourer is worthy of his reward (wages)
(See also 3Jn.7,8.)

B. Examples of giving to needy fellow Christians:

Rom.15:26 - Pleased them...to make a contribution for the poor saints
Gal.6:10 - Do good...unto them who are of the household of faith
Phi.4:15,16 - [Paul said:] Concerning giving & receiving...ye sent once & again to my necessity (See also 1Cor.16:1; 2Cor.9:12.)

C. Everyone to give according to their ability:

Deut.16:17 - Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord...which He hath given thee
Acts 11:29 - The disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren
1Cor.16:2 - Let every one of you lay in store [set aside to give], as God hath prospered him
2Cor.8:12 - It is accepted according to that a man hath, & not

D. Wealthy Christians especially obligated to give:

Lk.8:3 - Joanna, wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, & many others ministered unto (Jesus) of their substance
2Cor.8:14,15 - That...your abundance may be a supply for their want As it is written, He that had gathered much
1Tim.6:17-19 - Charge them that are rich...that they be...ready to distribute, willing to communicate (share)
(See examples in 2Tim.1:16-18; Phlm.7.)

E. Giving to the church, which redistributes:

Acts 2:44,45 - (They) parted them to all men, as every man had need
Acts 4:34,35 - Distribution was made unto every man...as he had need
Acts 6:1 - [The early church had a "daily ministration" to widows]
1Tim.5:4,16 - [Church's duty to "relieve them that are widows"]

F. Even poor believers encouraged to give:

1Ki.17:9-16 - [Poor widow of Zarephath gave sacrificially, & God blessed her with unending supply of food in famine]
Mk.12:43,44 - Poor widow hath cast more in...For they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want cast in all
2Cor.8:1-4 - In...their deep poverty...they were willing...praying us that we would receive the gift

5. Giving with the right motives:

A. Give cheerfully:

2Cor.9:7 - Not grudgingly...for God loveth a cheerful giver
Deut.15:10a - Thou shalt give...& thine heart shall not be grieved
Exo.25:2 - Bring Me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take My offering
Exo.35:21 - Every one whose heart stirred him up, &...spirit made willing, brought the Lord's offering to the work
1Chr.29:9 - People rejoiced...because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord
Heb.10:34 - Ye took joyfully the spoiling of your goods

B. Give generously:

Pro.21:26b - The righteous giveth & spareth not

C. Give till it hurts; not just what we can spare:

2Sam.24:24 - Neither will I offer unto the Lord of that which doth cost me nothing [Give even when it "costs"]
Lk.21:4 - All these have of their abundance cast in...but she of her penury hath cast in all the living she had

D. Give with pure motives:

1Cor.13:3 - Though I bestow all my goods to feed poor, & have not love, it profiteth me nothing
Mat.5:24 - Leave thy gift before the altar...first be reconciled
Mat.6:1 - Do not your alms before men...otherwise ye have no reward of your Father
Mat.6:2 - The hypocrites do (alms)...that they may have glory of men. They have their reward
Mat.6:3 - When thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what
Lk.6:34,35 - Lend, hoping for nothing again; your reward...great

6. What happens when we withhold & don't give:

A. It puts extra strain on others:

Phi.2:30 - He was nigh to death...to supply your lack of service

B. God will see to it that we become poor:

Pro.11:24b - There is that withholdeth...but it tendeth to poverty
Pro.13:7a - There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing
Pro.28:27 - But he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse

C. It shows we lack Christian love:

Jam.2:15,16 - If a brother or sister be naked, & destitute of daily food... & ye give not...what doth it profit?
1Jn.3:17,18 - Whoso hath...& seeth his brother have need, & [doesn't give], how dwelleth the love of God in him?

D. When we give stingily or dishonestly:

2Cor.9:6a - He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly
Mal.1:7-10 - Ye offer polluted bread...I have no pleasure in you, neither will I accept an offering at your hand
Mal.1:13,14 - Ye brought...torn, lame, sick. Should I accept this?
(See also Mal.1:8; Acts 5:1,2,9,10.)

E. Beware of covetousness & greed:

Lk.12:15 - Beware of covetousness: a man's life consisteth not
1Tim.6:10 - The love of money is the root of all evil
Pro.28:16b - He that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days
Eccl.5:10 - He that loveth silver...not be satisfied with silver
Jam.5:1-5 - Your gold & silver is cankered; & the rust of them shall be a witness against you
(See also Eccl.5:13,15; Acts 5:1-10.)

7. Tithing:

A. Giving 10% of our income to God's work:

Lev.27:30 - All the tithe of the land...is the Lord's: it is holy
Num.18:21 - Behold, I have given the (Levites) all the tenth...for their service (work) which they serve
Num.18:24 - The tithes...which they offer unto the Lord, I have given to the Levites [God's fulltime workers]
Deut.14:22 - Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase [income]
(See also Deut.12:19; Neh.10:37-39.)

B. God will bless us for tithing:

Deut.14:28,29 - Thou shalt bring forth all the tithe...that the Lord may bless thee in all the work of thine hand
Pro.3:9,10 - Honour the Lord with...all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty
Mal.3:10 - Bring ye all the tithes...& I will open the windows of Heaven, & pour you out a blessing
Mal.3:8-11 - [God grants protection & freedom from curses]

C. Setting aside our tithe on a frequent basis:

1Cor.16:2 - Upon the first day of the week let every one lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him

D. Freewill offerings above our 10% tithe Believers encouraged to give for special projects:

Exo.35:5 - Take...an offering unto the Lord: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it (See vs. 21,22)
2Ki.12:4,5, 9-12 - [Freewill offerings encouraged for the work of God]

8. Other aspects of giving:

A. Gifts can help obtain a man's favour or forgiveness:

Pro.19:6 - Every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts
Pro.21:14 - A gift in secret pacifieth anger...& strong wrath
(Warning: see Pro.17:23)

B. When not to accept gifts:

Exo.23:8 - Take no gift [with "strings attached"]: for the gift blindeth the wise, & perverteth the... righteous
Num.22:18 - If Balak would give me his house full of...gold, I cannot go beyond the Word of the Lord
1Ki.13:7-10 - [Young prophet refused gifts from disobedient king]
2Ki.5:15,16 - [Elisha refused Naaman's money, but Gehazi coveted it vs. 20-27] Is it a time to receive money?
(Re: bribes, see Deut.16:19; Pro.29:4; Eccl.7:7.)

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Pastor Frank Mensah (Accra, Ghana) says...
What a quite extensive and comprehensive message on giving.May GOD gives you grace on such messages.I have recieved it at point where our church prepares for our annual harvest in aid of church building.
28th August 2014 2:23am
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Rev Dr Jerry Ejaromedoghene (Effurun - Delta, Nigeria) says...
Oh my God , this is one of my areas and is very reward able and payable physically and spiritually. I encourage one to take this teaching of giving very seriously or else you will remains under the of poverty and nagger. So get your self delivered out of hardship. I sincerely appreciates the man of God of his teaching. The Lord will give you mora grace in Jesus name.
24th October 2013 7:40am
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Lawrence Mareya (Gaborone, Botswana) says...
Very enlighting, thank
you. I am preparing for our church offering message. I believe God wants me to explain the basics of why we should give in church. This article has helped me a lot.
7th December 2012 5:42am
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Ebo Ojo (Brescia City, Italy) says...
It was an inspiring article keep it up
22nd September 2012 7:10am
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Chris Hurt (Eubank, US) says...
This is a very helpful tool for me for teaching my Sunday School class as I am teaching a touchy subject on tithing, New Testament views on tithing and Old Testament views on tithing.
29th April 2012 7:01am
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