Christian Life Church
November 22, 2020 10:00am
Acts 20:33-35 ESV I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
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    2700 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29210, USA
    Sunday 9:30 AM
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Acts 20:33-35 ESV
I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. 34You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. 35In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
1. The Principle of Stewardship (a radical new concept of management)
2. The Principle of Partnership (a sharing of common interests/Kingdom interests)
3. The Principle of Grace (We are not forced into giving; but we give freely from the heart. Supernatural enablement is released.)
4. Navigating key ideas:
A. The Principle of Deficiency, Sufficiency, and Abundance
1) Giving is about more than ability and management. It is about availability and motive.
2) There are seasons of abundance and seasons of lack. God promises sufficiency in all situations.
3) 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NIV Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8
B. Grace versus compulsion
2 Corinthians 8 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 5And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. 6So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. 7
2 Corinthians 9:7 NLT You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
5. The Grace of Giving is not based on equal resources, but on equal stewardship. It doesn’t involve equal giving; it involves equal sacrifice.
What the Early Church believed about money
1. Jesus is our model. (2 Corinthians 8:9; Philippians 2:5-11)
2 Corinthians 8:9 ESV 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 by his poverty might become rich.
Philippians 2:5-11 ESV Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
2. Giving is part of our service even in times of lack. (2 Corinthians 8:2; Luke 21:1-4)
2 Corinthians 8:1-5 ESV We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 2for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, 4begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints—5and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.
Luke 21:1-4 ESV Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, 2and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 3And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 4For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
3. Giving is viewed as a privilege, not as a necessity. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
4. We are to give ourselves before we give other material things. (2 Corinthians 8:3-5)
2 Corinthians 8:3-5 ESV For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, 4begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— 5and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.
5. It is to our benefit as well as to the benefit of the church if we give systematically.
(1 Corinthians 16:2)
1 Corinthians 16:2-4 ESV Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. 2On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. 3And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem. 4If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.
6. It is obvious that God sustains the gift and the one who gives it. (2 Corinthians 9:8-11; Luke 6:38)
2 Corinthians 9:8-11 ESV And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 9As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” 10He 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. 11You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
Luke 6:38 ESV Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.
7. True riches are from God alone. (Luke 12:16-21; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Revelation 3:17,18)
Luke 12:16-21 ESVAnd he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
2 Corinthians 8:9 ESV 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 by his poverty might become rich.
Revelation 3:17, 18 ESV For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.
Riches are more than monetary. Christians are rich in faith (James 2:5), rich in His grace (Ephesians 1:7), and rich in His glory (Ephesians 3:16).
As We Move Forward
1. Remember the testimony behind us.
A, He has NEVER failed us!
B. Every step of faith has been contested, but also rewarded!
2. Respond to the challenge before us.
A. For our Children
B. For the Harvest!
C. For Columbia!
Christian Life Lessons
1. This is not about business, this is supernatural.
2. Some things are believed before they are learned.
3. Some things are learned before they are believed.
4. “The real worth of an anchor correlates to the intensity of the storm.” Ten Boom