TITLE: Steward 3 Giving is Worship
TEXT: Mark 12:41-44
PROPOSITION: Giving is a genuine act of worship.
KEY WORD: Reasons
Giving is worship
We often think of worship singing, prayer, communion, study Bible
But giving = way to pay the preacher, heat / AC just a mechanical act
Giving is a part of stewardship interest paid back think parable of talents
Why some give.
Some give out of duty or obligation.
For show Praise of men
For control If you dont do what I want - threat
Some give to get. (Luke 6:38; Malachi 3:10)
Some give out of loyalty to the local church.
Why some do NOT give or NOT give as they should.
Disagree with preacher, elders, or the programs of work.
Covetous selfish, stingy
Lack of faith dont believe that God will take care of them
Poor managers lack discipline to budget, wasteful
Your contribution expresses to God your attitude toward:
minister, Gospel Minutes, Gospel Meeting, VBS, Youth work, local TV sermon,
Community outreach, Benevolence, sending sympathy and get well cards, church
website, Christian counselor
Missions (Stateside): Tn Children Home and Potter Home for Children, Disaster relief, Search TV, Healing Hands, Work with Eddie Lawson, AL and Wayne Burger in Colorado
Missions (foreign countries): Kirovo-Chepetsk church and mission trips, Fowlers and Shorts in Brazil, Zimbabwe, India, Latin America Missions, Panama preacher
Personal: How much you love God, love Jesus, desire heaven
What others did.
Mark 12:41-44 Widow gave all, others out of their abundance
2 Corinthians 9:7 Not grudgingly, necessity, cheerful giver
2 Corinthians 8:5 First gave themselves to the Lord
1 Corinthians 16:2 As God has prospered them
2 Corinthians 8:12 According to what you have, not what you lack