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Title: The Joy of Giving


1
The Joy of Giving
2
  •  Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the
    grace of God bestowed on the churches of
    Macedonia 2 that in a great trial of affliction
    the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty
    abounded in the riches of their liberality. 3 For
    I bear witness that according to their ability,
    yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely
    willing, 4 imploring us with much urgency that we
    would receive the gift and the fellowship of the
    ministering to the saints. 2 Cor 81-4 (NKJV)

3
  •  And not only as we had hoped, but they first
    gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by
    the will of God. 6 So we urged Titus, that as he
    had begun, so he would also complete this grace
    in you as well. 7 But as you abound in
    everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in
    all diligence, and in your love for us--see that
    you abound in this grace also. 8 I speak not by
    commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of
    your love by the diligence of others. 2 Cor 85-8
    (NKJV)

4
  • For 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. 10 And in this I give advice It is
    to your advantage not only to be doing what you
    began and were desiring to do a year ago 11 but
    now you also must complete the doing of it that
    as there was a readiness to desire it, so there
    also may be a completion out of what you have. 2
    Cor 89-11 (NKJV)

5
  • For if there is first a willing mind, it is
    accepted according to what one has, and not
    according to what he does not have. 13 For I do
    not mean that others should be eased and you
    burdened 14 but by an equality, that now at this
    time your abundance may supply their lack, that
    their abundance also may supply your lack--that
    there may be equality. 15 As it is written, "He
    who gathered much had nothing left over, and he
    who gathered little had no lack." 2 Cor 812-15
    (NKJV)

6
  • When we give, God promises to give back!
  • Give, and it will be given to you good measure,
    pressed down, shaken together, and running over
    will be put into your bosom. For with the same
    measure that you use, it will be measured back to
    you." Luke 638 (NKJV)

7
  • Several reasons we need to be reminded of the joy
    of giving.
  • A. To remain faithful to the whole teaching of
    the bible.
  • B. Not everyone knows this truth yet.
  • C. Act of worship
  • D. Helps us fulfill the Great Commission

8
  • 1. A model of joyful generosity.
  • A. The amazing testimony of the Macedonians.
  • They were known for their generosity.

9
  • B. Outstanding attributes of these people.
  • They gave out of great afflictions
  • They gave out of deep poverty

10
  • They gave beyond their ability
  • They gave willingly
  • They viewed giving as a privilege
  • They gave themselves to God

11
  • C. Four inspiring Attitudes they had.
  • Giving is about priorities
  • Giving is about willingness not wealth

12
  • Giving is not about obligation but opportunity
  • Giving is not about legalism but Lordship

13
  • D. Gods Miraculous blessing on them.
  • Look at Gods ability to bless us.
  • The earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness,
    The world and those who dwell therein. Psalms
    241 (NKJV)

14
  • For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the
    cattle on a thousand hills. Psalms 5010 (NKJV)
  • Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his
    righteousness endures forever. Psalms 1123
    (NKJV)

15
  • Jesus always had enough to accomplish what he
    needed to get done.
  • When the day began to wear away, the twelve came
    and said to Him, "Send the multitude away, that
    they may go into the surrounding towns and
    country, and lodge and get provisions for we are
    in a deserted place here." 13 But He said to
    them, "You give them something to eat." And they
    said, "We have no more than five loaves and two
    fish, unless we go and buy food for all these
    people." 14 For there were about five thousand
    men. Then He said to His disciples, "Make them
    sit down in groups of fifty." Luke 912-14 (NKJV)

16
  • God is not running out of finances!
  • If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat
    the good of the land Isaiah 119 (NKJV)

17
  • You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And
    praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has
    dealt wondrously with you And My people shall
    never be put to shame. 27 Then you shall know
    that I am in the midst of Israel I am the Lord
    your God And there is no other. Joel 226-27
    (NKJV)

18
  • May the Lord give you increase more and more, You
    and your children. Psalms 11514 (NKJV)
  • Save now, I pray, O Lord O Lord, I pray, send
    now prosperity. Psalms 11825 (NKJV)

19
  • Jesus had financial supporters while on earth.
  • Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went
    through every city and village, preaching and
    bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God.
    And the twelve were with Him, 2 and certain women
    who had been healed of evil spirits and
    infirmities--Mary called Magdalene, out of whom
    had come seven demons, 3 and Joanna the wife of
    Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many
    others who provided for Him from their substance.
    Luke 81-3 (NKJV)

20
  • Now you Philippians know also that in the
    beginning of the gospel, when I departed from
    Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning
    giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in
    Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my
    necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I
    seek the fruit that abounds to your account. Phil
    415-17 (NKJV)

21
  • 2. Four facts about joyful giving.
  • A. Generous giving is a choice.
  • B. Generous giving is cheerful

22
  • C. Generous giving builds confidence.
  • D. Generous giving brings contentment.
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