“Core Value #3: Giving”
Why does talking about money in church make some people uncomfortable and others really mad?
What makes a person either stingy or generous?
Mark 12:41-44 NKJVNow Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. 42 Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. 43 So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; 44 for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood."
2 Corinthians 8:9 NKJVFor you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NKJVBut this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
The cross inspires our generosity because…
- Jesus gave His life, no one took it from Him.
- Jesus gave to the utter shock and disbelief of others.
- Jesus gave Himself to God, before facing the cross.
- Jesus gave with a focus on the big picture.
- Jesus gave for the benefit of others.
Takeaways for us:
- Life's biggest problems cannot be solved with money.
- The first place to check when considering what to give is your heart, not your wallet.
- The church serves people regardless of their contributions.
- The size of your faith, not the size of your gift, matters most to Jesus!
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