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“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give,not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)
Mark Green’s grandmother, a legendary giver, taught her family: “It’s not the size of the
that matters to God, it is the size of the
Some of the greatest
in the Bible are marked by their sacrifice.
The topic of being a giver starts in the very first chapter of Genesis, verse 15: God
In Genesis 1:29-30, God gave
to eat. And in Genesis 9:3, God expanded the menu, giving
as food. God is a giver—it’s in His
plants, animals, nature
“You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you puteverything under their feet.” Psalm 8:6 (NIV)
From this verse we see that God gave
over the earth to man. We are His
—we steward what God has
authority, stewards, given
There is also another “giver” in the Bible.
is a giver/ deceiver.
Satan had the audacity to say in the
of Christ, “All this I will give you.”
Jesus knew it was a lie. He was going to build His own
The two givers in the Bible are the two we have to
Are we going to listen to the
giver or the true and
God says, I am the great giver, and I want
to be a giver too.
Chuck has a friend that says, “We don’t have to teach
. Every human being is already generous: They’re either generous to themselves, or they’re generous
generosity, towards God
If you’re generous only to yourself, you have bought the
of the deceiving giver, who has told you, “You can have it all.”
We have to
Satan’s lie and become givers.
Everything that God made gives. The sun gives, the moon gives, trees, plants, dirt, bees—everything is
God wants us to be more and more
into His image.
We must not just give, but see our
. . . a continual action driven by our reflection of God our Father.
In the church, our job is not to raise money, but to raise
We are His givers; we are His transfer
to build the Kingdom of God.
Motivations to Give:
– Luke 21:1-4, Malachi 3:10
– Romans 15:27
We should reject the
gospel, because it is not motivated out of
Where to Give:
– Leviticus 27:30-33, Malachi 3:6-12
• Those in
. – Matthew 25:35
you are giving: “Will it advance the
Rewards for Givers:
– Acts 20:35
• Reward by the
. – Matthew 6:4
You’re encouraging the
when you give.
Body of Christ
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