GIVE | HIS | FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP | LINK TO TEACHING PDF
GIVE | HIS
MINISTRY MODEL | Financial Stewardship
COMPASS MINISTRY MODEL CONNECT, GROW, SERVE, GIVE, GO
GIVE | God desires that we as a church be biblically responsible for the financial blessings that He has given us. This includes tithing, gifts of generosity, and management of financial resources for the future generations to come. Finances are but a tool that should be used for ministry to those in crisis and those who are reaching out to the world as described in the great commission.
INTRODUCTION | Story about money | Ann Landers had an interesting letter in her column. It was from a girl who was writing about her uncle & aunt. She said, “My uncle was the tightest man I’ve ever known. All his life, every time he got paid he took $20 out of his paycheck & put it under his mattress. Then he got sick & was about to die. As he was dying, he said to his wife, “I want you to promise me one thing.” “Promise what?” she asked. “I want you to promise me that when I’m dead you’ll take my money from under the mattress & put it in my casket so that I can take it all with me.” The girl’s letter went on with the story. “He died, & his wife kept her promise. She went in & got all that money the day he died & went to the bank & deposited it, and wrote out a check and put it in his casket.”
TEXT | Psalm 24:1-2 1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. 2 For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.
ATTRIBUTES OF GOD | WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT GOD
Omnipotence means all-powerful. Monotheistic theologians regard God as having supreme power. This means God can do what he wants. It means he is not subject to physical limitations like a man is. Being omnipotent, God has power over wind, water, gravity, physics, etc. God’s power is infinite, or limitless.
Omniscience means all-knowing. God is all all-knowing in the sense that he is aware of the past, present, and future. Nothing takes him by surprise. His knowledge is total. He knows all that there is to know and all that can be known.
Omnipresence means all-present. This term means that God is capable of being everywhere at the same time. It means his divine presence encompasses the whole of the universe. There is no location where he does not inhabit. This should not be confused with pantheism, which suggests that God is synonymous with the universe itself; instead, omnipresence indicates that God is distinct from the universe, but inhabits the entirety of it. He is everywhere at once.
CREATOR SUSTAINER | WORSHIPING GOD AS CREATOR
COMMENTARY | You need to fully and completely recognize that you were made by God. I won’t insert it here, but David captures it so well in Psalm 139:13-16. They’re such powerful and amazing words.
Psalm 139:13-16 NLT 13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
Every part of the fabric of your personhood was carefully knit together by God’s creative hands. There was no part of you that was hidden from him. There were no accidents, no glitches, no thoughtless moments. Just like David, you too were “fearfully and wonderfully” made.
The color of your eyes, the shape of your body, your intellectual and physical gifts, your hair, your voice, your personality, the color of your skin, the size of your feet – everything! All of your hardwiring is the result of God’s glorious creative ability. The “package” that created you comes from His hand.
Now, as familiar as all of this is, it’s nonetheless important. I’m deeply persuaded that while many of us worship God as Creator on Sunday, we curse His work during the week. Most of us harbor dissatisfaction with who God has made us to be. There are times in all of our lives when we secretly wish we could rise to the throne of creation and remake ourselves in the image of what we would like to be.
Worshiping God as Creator also means recognizing that I was made for him. If I compose and paint a painting, it belongs to me as a testament to my artistic ability. The same is true of us. If God made us, then we belong to him as a testament to his creative glory. The fact is that you and I were never meant to live for our own success and glory. Every day we’re meant to live like our lives belonged to Another.
This “I belong to Another” lifestyle was meant to shape our marriages, parenting, friendship, and careers. It was meant to shape the way we approach position and possessions. As a creature, your life belongs to Another, and so your life is part of His dream.
Worshiping God as Creator also means that we exist through him. As Creator, he alone is the giver of life. True life cannot be found outside him. The Apostle Paul says, “he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else” (Acts 17: 25, 28). If he is our Creator, then he is also our Sustainer, our constant life source and incessant provider of everything we need. And the moment we look for life outside of him, we’ll become enslaved to that which we think will give us life.
HIS FINANCES | WORSHIPING GOD WITH YOUR FINANCES
COMMENTARY | 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 NLT Now regarding your question about the money being collected for God’s people in Jerusalem. You should follow the same procedure I gave to the churches in Galatia. 2 On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned. Don’t wait until I get there and then try to collect it all at once.
It may surprise you to learn that Jesus taught more about money and possessions than He did about heaven or hell. The word “give” is used more than 1,500 times in the Bible, more than the words faith, hope, love or pray.
Why? Obviously, God doesn’t need our money. He’s not poor. But God does want us to become like Him and that will only happen if we learn to be generous. God is a giver — the most generous giver in the universe. Everything you have is a gift from God!
In many churches, the giving of offerings is the low point of the service. It’s ignored, tolerated or openly resented by many. But the Bible teaches that God wants our giving to be a deeply meaningful expression of worship in three dimensions — past, present, and future.
First, my giving expresses my gratitude to God for the past.
“Thanks” and “giving” go together. When we give back to God, we express our appreciation to Him for all the ways He has blessed us. We’re saying, “God, we’re grateful for all You’ve done in our lives, and we love You.”
That’s why you should never give under pressure. God wants your giving to be motivated by gratitude. 2 Corinthians 9:11 says, “11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.
Second, my giving expresses my priorities in the present.
Deuteronomy 14:23 says, “23 Bring this tithe to the designated place of worship—the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored—and eat it there in his presence. This applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn males of your flocks and herds. Doing this will teach you always to fear the Lord your God. If you want to know what a person really values, just look at their calendar and their checkbook. The way people spend their time and money reveals what is really important to them. It’s one thing to claim we love God, but the Bible says our giving “tests the sincerity of our love” (2 Corinthians 8:8, NIV). When we give the first part of our income to God, on the first day of the week, it is evidence that God holds first place in our hearts. Jesus said, “For wherever your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21, NIV).
Third, my giving expresses my faith in God for the future.
God sees your giving as a test of your faith. In Malachi 3:10, He says, “10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!.” God challenges us, saying, “I dare you to trust My promise to take care of you as you put Me first in your finances. Will you trust me?” It has always amazed me that many people are willing to trust God for their eternal salvation but won’t trust Him enough to tithe.
CONCLUSION | IT IS ALL HIS SO LET’S LIVE LIKE IT