"Learning to Give - by Faith"



"Learning to Give - by Faith"

New Testament Teaching




Resource Sheet 4

Teaching on Giving in the New Testament


What did Jesus teach in the Gospels?


The word tithes does not appear in the New Testament.


Yet Jesus did teach about giving:


Mt 5:42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

•  i.e. hold your money lightly and be ready to give easily.


Mt 6:2 So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues 

•  Jesus assumed giving, and said do it quietly


Mt 19:21 (To a rich young man) Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. 

•  If riches keep you from God, get rid of them


Mt 22:21 Then he said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's." 

•  Pay your taxes and also bless God


Mt 23:23 Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices--mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law--justice, mercy and faithfulness. 

•  Jesus chided the Pharisees who still tithed by failed to keep the more important matters of the Law.


Lk 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." 

•  Use what you have, give it away and God will give it back in abundance.


Lk 14:12-14 Then Jesus said to his host, "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."


•  Let your hospitality to be a form of giving


Lk 21:1-4 As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. "I tell you the truth," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on."


•  Volume or amount of giving is not the issue, but the heart behind it.


What did the apostle Paul teach?


Acts 20:33 -35 I have not coveted anyone's silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: `It is more blessed to give than to receive.'

•  Paul's testimony was that he was a giver not a getter
•  He provided through hard work.


Rom 12:20 ,21 " If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good


•  Giving isn't only to be to friends
•  Use giving as a means of blessing and changing people


Rom 13:7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor


•  Don't be a debtor


2 Cor 9:7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.


•  Give out of an open generous heart




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