Giving from a Christian Perspective

March 21st, 2019

Hinckley Evangelical Free Church

March 10, 2019

Giving from a Christian perspective

Philippians 4:10-23

 

  • There is an old Persian proverb that goes;

    • "What I kept, I l_______;
    • What I spent, I h_____;
    • What I gave I h________!!!!

Planned... Vs 10-12...

 1  We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia,
2  for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.
3  For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord,
4  begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints—
5  and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 (ESV)

 

  • Notice that they were in a severe test of a_________, and extreme p____________!
  • They begged for the favor of g_________….
  • So they p_________ to give at the very first opportunity….

 

  • II Corinthians 9:7
  • "Each one must give as he has d___________ in his heart, not r_________ or under c__________, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
  • Guilt is always the wrong m_________ for giving!

 

Fruit bearing..... vs. 13-17

  • There is a great principle here.... God will a___________ His will.... with us, or without us.... the choice is ours....
  • His joy was because this gift proved that these givers had developed great c____________.... and Christian maturity.
  • "Fruit", as used here, is the v__________ expression of that power working inwardly, and yet invisibly, that brings about the visible and outward changes ...
  • The word "abound“ …"interest that will a________ to your account"....

 

  • .. vs. 18-20
    18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
    19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
    20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

  • The greatest S______________ that you can Give to God , the Greatest S____________ that you can make is "Y______________!!!! Rom 12:1
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