II Corinthians 9:7-8
People, by and large, do not understand giving.
A. "Oh No! Heís gonna preach on tithing again!"
NO! Tithing is only one form of giving. This is
NOT just about tithing but about GIVING!
B. Giving is going down drastically. To Churches, to charities- all
are having a drastic drop.
Why! Because people only understand the fact
of giving but do not understand the act, or if you will,
the mechanism of giving.
The Fact or, If You Will, the Act of Giving.
different kinds of giving.
A. Giving the tithe- but really it is giving back
1. (Lev ch. 27) The tithe is "Holy unto
the Lord." Itís Holy- it belongs to God.
2. OT and NT (Mal 3:8-11) (Mt 23:23)
3. To take care of the House of God and
Num 18:12 "...
the best..." went to the priests because they were given no
inheritance of the land
on which to make their living. They were to live off of what the other
B. Giving of offerings.
1. Mission offerings- home & foreign.. (I
2. Offerings to help other Christians
& Churches in need.
(II Cor 8:1-14) READ II
3. Helping the poor in your own Church.
i. READ Acts 4:31-35
ii. What about con
men? (Acts 5:1-10) Ananias & Sapphira
C. Giving of Alms. READ Mt 6:1-4
D. But these all concern the fact or, if you will, the
act of giving.
The Mechanism of Giving. HOW DOES IT WORK?
A. How much? Thatís up to you- your giving provokes a
response from God!
Thatís how God set it up! What He does depends
on what you do.
In essence, God does not decide how He will bless
you in this matter- YOU DO!
READ from sheet: II Cor 9:7-8; Phil 4:19
B. When you let go of whatís in your hand- God lets go of whatís in
And what is in Godís
1. Everything you have on earth- II Cor
2. Everything in Heaven- Mal 3:10-11
C. QUESTION- How can you not lose it if you give your money away?
1. Godís law of sowing and reaping.
Plant a little in the ground and much comes up!
Plant more in
the ground and much more comes up!
2. What you sow is exactly what you reap! Gal 6:7
And God promises the
devourer will not get the rest. Mal 3:11 "... rebuke the
3. Giving is planting seed for future
- WHEN THE MONEY LEAVES MY
HAND IT DOES NOT LEAVE MY LIFE!
INTO MY FUTURE!
IT LEAVES MY HAND - IT GOES INTO GODíS HAND!
And it is safer in
Godís hand than it is in mine!
I could lose it - GOD
A. FOUR (4) BIBLICAL RULES OF THE MECHANISM OF GIVING
1. ONE: YOUR GIVING PROVOKES A RESPONSE FROM GOD
you let go of whatís in your hand- God lets go of whatís in His
2. TWO: THE
MORE YOU SOW, THE MORE YOU REAP,
YOU REAP EXACTLY WHAT YOU SOW
3. THREE: WHEN WHATEVER YOU GIVE LEAVES YOUR HAND,
DOES NOT LEAVE YOUR LIFE- IT GOES INTO YOUR FUTURE
WHEN IT LEAVES YOUR HAND, IT GOES INTO GODíS HAND
it is much safer in His hand than it is in your hand.
B. SOME WILL
SAY, "THATíS JUST A PROSPERITY GOSPEL-
You know, the
YOUíRE SAVED GOD WILL BLESS YOU FINANCIALLY?" kind of thing.
NO! IT IS BIBLE TEACHING ON THE MECHANISM OF GIVING!
ALL FOUR OF THESE PRINICIPLES ARE BIBLE PRINCIPLES!
the question is: HOW MUCH DO YOU TRUST GOD!
1. For the lost:
FAITH IN CHRIST AND REAP ETERNAL SALVATION!
And for the saved: HOW
MUCH DO YOU TRUST GOD!
SOWING AND REAPING -
WE TRUST GOD TO MULTIPLY WHAT WE SOW?
(Money - food - clothes - and anything else you can think of.)
DO WE BELIEVE GOD ENOUGH TO ACT UPON WHAT HE SAYS?
The next time there is
a need, will we step up and give to that need?
Thatís where God will
separate the talkers from the doers.
Tithing - missions -
faith promise - special offerings - food - clothes - ANYTHING!
D. HOW MUCH DO YOU TRUST GOD?
THIS NATION TRUSTED GOD- THERE WOULDNíT BE A DROP IN GIVING
BECAUSE OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS - THERE WOULD BE AN
II Cor 9:8
And God is
able to make all grace abound toward you;
that ye, always
having all sufficiency in all things,
may abound to
every good work:
MUCH DO YOU TRUST GOD?
The last statement above, "HOW MUCH DO YOU TRUST GOD?" is the
end of the outline.
You do not have to include the following in your outline.
I sometimes include a page of printed out scriptures as a time-saving
However, you do not have to include such a scripture reference
- Dr. VBK
A. References for the subpoint A.
Cor 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him
not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you;
that ye, always having
all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every
4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in
glory by Christ Jesus.
B. References for the subpoint B.
you have on earth- II Cor 9:9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed
abroad; he hath given to
the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your
food, and multiply your
seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
in Heaven- Mal 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that
there may be meat in
mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I
will not open you the
windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall
not be room enough to receive it.
3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not
destroy the fruits of your
ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the
field, saith the LORD of hosts.
C. 2. References for the subpoint C.
6:7 "... whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also