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Giving Emphasis Month

Giving Emphasis Month

During The Month Of February

February is Giving Emphasis Month at FBC!  It is the time that we all examine our finances to make sure that our tithes to the church are at the amount that we feel God is leading us to give this year.  Pastor Cory teaches us what Scripture says about how each of us can Biblically tithe to the church.

 

Biblical Principles of Worshipful Stewardship

Pastor Cory Gonyo 2by Dr. Cory Gonyo – Pastor, First Baptist Church of Bettendorf

 

 “Two things I asked of You [LORD], Do not refuse me before I die:  Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion, That I not be full and deny You and say, "Who is the LORD?" Or That I not be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God.” 

 

  - Proverbs 30:7-9

 

            “Tithe?!  Why?”  What does the LORD want from us concerning our possessions?  Are we missing out on a great blessing if we don’t tithe and give biblically?

 

Jesus says, "So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions” (Luke 14:33).  Can this be love for God to want us to give up our own possessions?  At another time, Jesus speaks to a rich man.  Scripture says, “Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, ‘One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me’” (Mark 10:21).

 

Why did Jesus say this?  What was Jesus’ desire, Jesus’ motivation, for this rich man?  Could it be that we often get it all wrong, thinking that somehow God’s desire should be to bless us with possessions?  Jesus’ desire in this passage was “a love for him.”  Did you see it in the Scripture above?  Jesus asked the man to give up His possessions precisely because He loved him, not because of some mean-spirited desire to deprive him of a single thing. 

 

Have you known God’s love in His call not to let your life consist of possessions?  Remember another of Jesus’ teachings, "Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions" (Luke 12:15).

Main Principle of Biblical Stewardship: God is owner of all things!

            The Scriptures teach us that there is no competition for ownership of anything in this world.  It is not as if God wants some and we get the rest.  Actually, the Bible says that: “The earth is the LORD'S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it” (Ps. 24:1).  Not only is everything in the world the LORD’s, but so is everyone in the world His (though not everyone is saved) because He created all things. 

 

Concerning giving to God as a religious practice, we must also never see this as some form of paying God back for some blessing or trying to insure His favor with us.  Why?  Because everything in life, even giving, is a matter of pure grace and we can never ‘buy-off’ favor from God (Gal. 2:16). 

 

Again the LORD’s ownership is supreme and He doesn’t ‘need’ our things: "For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird of the mountains, And  everything that moves in the field is Mine.  If I were hungry I would not tell you, For the world is Mine, and all it contains” (Psalm 50:10-12).  Consider this portion of Paul’s address to the people of Athens:

 

"The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands  nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:24-27).

 

            What a tremendous and glorious scriptural ‘dichotomy.’  The LORD of the universe does not need anything from His creation.  Because He is holy (utterly unique in a class by Himself), He does not depend on His creation for anything.  In fact it is creation that depends on God for everything.  Yet at the same time, He invites His created and saved people to join Him in His work of saving sinners through the gospel of Jesus Christ, His death on the cross, and His resurrection.

 

We must realize that the LORD does not want to ‘take’ from us what we have, but rather He is inviting us to share in what He is already doing.  We must realize we are dependent on Him and not vice versa.  Knowing these things, we will see that stewardship is never giving up of what is “ours” because it is joining God in His eternal work and we always ‘get’ more than we ‘give’.

 

            When Jesus Christ buys back our lives from certain death, purchasing us with His own blood, He owns us.  All that we are and all that we do and all that we have are His by grace.  We were bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:20; 7:23) and we must realize that we no longer live but Christ lives in us (Gal 2:20).  This being true, we are then encouraged to do everything to glorify Jesus Christ in life so that the gospel will be proclaimed and sinners will be saved (1 Cor. 10:31-33).

More Principles of Biblical Stewardship:
  • The tithe is not a gift, it is God’s by definition (Lev. 27:30), and a gift is above and beyond the tithe (Ex. 35:21-22).  The word “tithe” is literally translated “a tenth.”  Thus, a tenth of one’s first fruits (2 Chron. 31:5) is the tithe and a gift is what comes beyond that.  We can designate gifts, but it is God who has control of His tithe.  To not tithe is to steal from God because the tithe is His by ownership; it is not ours to give back.  Because it is His by ownership, if we keep it we are then stealing (Mal. 3:8-12).
  • Generosity starts with a ‘given-self’ (2 Cor. 8:5).  We will not give to a God we do not love or cherish as our greatest treasure (Matthew 13:44-46).
  • Tithing and giving done in true faith is based on trust in God that He is Provider (Prov. 3:9-10; Mal. 3:10).  Tithing and giving are not about money at all, it is all about our faith in the all-powerful God. 
  • Generosity is stirred by a vision of God’s Kingdom, His will, and our part in His work (2 Cor. 8:3-5).
  • Genuine giving involves managing the entirety of our lifestyles so that we save to give.  Genuine giving begins with seeking God’s Kingdom first (Prov. 30:7-9; Matt. 6:33; 1 Tim. 6:6-10).
  •  God is more interested in the spirit and proportion of our giving rather than the amount (Luke 21:1-4, the widow’s mites).
  •  Stewardship means we will have to account for what we hold that is not ours, including our possessions and even God’s gospel (1 & 2 Tim.), our lives and all things in them given to us by God (Matt. 25:19).  We are saved by grace alone, yet in the judgment we will be rewarded based on our use of God’s gifts to us (Matt. 25:14-46).
  •  God does not need our money/sacrifices (Psalm 50:10-12; Acts 17:25).
  •  All that we have and are is God’s by right, ownership, and sovereignty.  We were bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:20), the tithe is a tenth that goes back to God’s will for use through His church, but the other ninety percent is still His in stewardship to us (Luke 14:26-27, 33!; 1 Cor. 10:31).
  •  Get out of debt, be responsible with what you owe others by paying them off as soon as possible, and strive to owe no one anything except love (Rom. 13:8).
  •  Tithing is an element of worship (2 Chr. 31:4-6; Acts 2:43-47; 1 Cor 16:1-3; 2 Cor. 9:5-11; Phil. 4:15-19).  We show our praise of God and trust in Him when we obey.
  •  We must give out of an attitude of sacrifice, even when we can’t afford to (Luke 21:1-4; 2 Cor. 8:3-5).
  •  I will not give to the LORD what costs me nothing (2 Sam. 24:24-25).
  •  Give cheerfully, with free joy, not under compulsion (2 Cor. 9:7).
  •  Giving above and beyond the tithe is a spiritual gift, given by God for the edification of the body and the building up of the Kingdom (Rom. 12:6-8).  The LORD moves the heart to give generously (Ex. 35:22, 29).
  •  Stewardship is using all that God has given us in appropriate ways.  We must provide for our own, especially those of our own household, lest we be worse than unbelievers (1 Tim. 5:8) and we must be content (1 Tim. 6:3-19).
  •  All giving should be done to the glory of God, and not for the vain praise of men. Giving should be done privately, not for human recognition, but from a heart of faith, trusting that Father God who sees what is done in secret will reward will the giver (Matt. 6:1-4). 

Our goal as children of God then is to be free from the love of money so we can live and serve God according to His grace.  Money can be an idol (Col. 3:5).  We either serve it, or we use it to serve God, but one thing is clear, we cannot serve two masters (Matt. 6:24).  “You cannot serve God and wealth” (Matt. 6:24).  Money finds its proper use in its service to the LORD’s kingdom, to use it otherwise may lead to idolatrous behaviors.  We must learn what it means to build up our treasures in heaven, beginning with the fact that where our treasure is, there our hearts will be also (Matt. 6:20-21).  God wants all that you are.  Let us use the LORD’s gifts, all of them, to further His kingdom in this world to His glory forever, Amen.

 

 Selected Scriptures (NASB) on Tithing

 

                

 

                Genesis 28:22 "This stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God's house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You."

 

                Leviticus 27:30-32  'Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S; it is holy to the LORD.   31 'If, therefore, a man wishes to redeem part of his tithe, he shall add to it one-fifth of it.  32 'For every tenth part of herd or flock, whatever passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to the LORD.

 

                Deuteronomy 14:22-23 "You shall surely tithe all the produce from what you sow, which comes out of the field every year.  23 "You shall eat in the presence of the LORD your God, at the place where He chooses to establish His name, the tithe of your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and your flock, so that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always.

 

                Deuteronomy 26:1-2, 10-13 "Then it shall be, when you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance, and you possess it and live in it,  2 that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground which you bring in from your land that the LORD your God gives you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place where the LORD your God chooses to establish His name. . .10 'Now behold, I have brought the first of the produce of the ground which You, O LORD have given me.' And you shall set it down before the LORD your God, and worship before the LORD your God;  11 and you and the Levite and the alien who is among you shall rejoice in all the good which the LORD your God has given you and your household.  12 "When you have finished paying all the tithe of your increase in the third year, the year of tithing, then you shall give it to the Levite, to the stranger, to the orphan and to the widow, that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied. 13 "You shall say before the LORD your God, 'I have removed the sacred portion from my house, and also have given it to the Levite and the alien, the orphan and the widow, according to all Your commandments which You have commanded me; I have not transgressed or forgotten any of Your commandments.

 

               2 Samuel 24:24-25 However, the king said to Araunah, "No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which cost me nothing." So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.  25 David built there an altar to the LORD and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Thus the LORD was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.

 

                1 Chronicles 29:5-19 of gold for the things of gold and of silver for the things of silver, that is, for all the work done by the craftsmen. Who then is willing to consecrate himself this day to the LORD?" 6 Then the rulers of the fathers' households, and the princes of the tribes of Israel, and the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, with the overseers over the king's work, offered willingly; 7 and for the service for the house of God they gave 5,000 talents and 10,000 darics of gold, and 10,000 talents of silver, and 18,000 talents of brass, and 100,000 talents of iron. 8 Whoever possessed precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of the LORD, in care of Jehiel the Gershonite. 9 Then the people rejoiced because they had offered so willingly, for they made their offering to the LORD with a whole heart, and King David also rejoiced greatly. 10 So David blessed the LORD in the sight of all the assembly; and David said, "Blessed are You, O LORD God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11 "Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.  12 "Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.  13 "Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.  14 "But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You.  15 "For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope. 16 "O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided to build You a house for Your holy name, it is from Your hand, and all is Yours.  17 "Since I know, O my God, that You try the heart and delight in uprightness, I, in the integrity of my heart, have willingly offered all these things; so now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here, make their offerings willingly to You. 18 "O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, our fathers, preserve this forever in the intentions of the heart of Your people, and direct their heart to You; 19 "and give to my son Solomon a perfect heart to keep Your commandments, Your testimonies and Your statutes, and to do them all, and to build the temple, for which I have made provision."

 

                2 Chronicles 31: 5 As soon as the order spread, the sons of Israel provided in abundance the first fruits of grain, new wine, oil, honey and of all the produce of the field; and they brought in abundantly the tithe of all.

 

            Psalm 24:1 {A Psalm of David.} The earth is the LORD'S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.

 

              Psalm 135:6 Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.

 

              Psalm 50:10-12 "For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills.  11 "I know every bird of the mountains, And  everything that moves in the field is Mine.  12 "If I were hungry I would not tell you, For the world is Mine, and all it contains.

 

                Psalm 8:6 You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,

 

              Proverbs 3:9 Honor the LORD from your wealth And from the first of all your produce; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine.

 

              Proverbs 30:7-9 Two things I asked of You, Do not refuse me before I die:  8 Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion,  9 That I not be full and deny You and say, "Who is the LORD?" Or That I not be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God.

 

                Nehemiah 13:12 All Judah then brought the tithe of the grain, wine and oil into the storehouses.

 

                Malachi 3:8 "Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, 'How have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings.

 

               Matthew 6:1-4  “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. 2 “When therefore you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.  3 “But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing 4 that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

 

              Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

 

              Luke 11:39-42 But the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the platter; but inside of you, you are full of robbery and wickedness.  40 "You foolish ones, did not He who made the outside make the inside also?  41 "But give that which is within as charity, and then all things are clean for you.  42 "But woe to you Pharisees! For you pay tithe of mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, and yet disregard justice and the love of God; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.

 

             Luke 12:15 Then He said to them, "Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions."

 

             Luke 14:26, 27, 33 "If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. 27 "Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. . .33 "So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.

 

             1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

 

             1 Corinthians 16:1-2 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. 2 On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.

 

              2 Corinthians 8:3-15 For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord,  4 begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints,  5 and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.  6 So we urged Titus that as he had previously made a beginning, so he would also complete in you this gracious work as well.  7 But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also.  8 I am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also.  9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.  10 I give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it.  11 But now finish doing it also, so that just as there was the readiness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability.  12 For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.  13 For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality --  14 at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality;  15 as it is written, "HE WHO gathered MUCH DID NOT HAVE TOO MUCH, AND HE WHO gathered LITTLE HAD NO LACK."

 

                2 Corinthians 9:6-15 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  7 Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;  9 as it is written, "HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER."  10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness;  11 you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God.  12 For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God.  13 Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all,  14 while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you.  15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

 

               Philippians 4:11-12 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.

 

               Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

 

               Colossians 3:5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.

 

               1 Timothy 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

 

               1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.

 

               Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.


 

 
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