"Learning to Give - by Faith"



"Learning to Give - by Faith"

- Reasons to Give




Resource Sheet 1

What is the Biblical teaching on WHY to Give?


As a motivation to give, it may be helpful to see that the Bible teaches that in the church we are to:



a) Note the Teaching


1. Give to those who are poor and needy


Mt 6:2 when you give to the needy


Lk 3:11 "The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same."


Prov 19:17 He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.


Jn 15:17 This is my command: Love each other.


1 Jn 3:17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?


Thus the church supports those with material and financial needs, especially in the family of God.



2. Provide for full time Christian ministry


Num 18:21 I give to the Levites all the tithes in Israel as their inheritance in return for the work they do while serving at the Tent of Meeting.


  •  O.T. principle of providing for those serving God full time,


Mt 10:10 take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep  

  •  Jesus reiterating for those he sent out,

1 Cor 9:13-14 Don't you know that those who work in the temple get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.


  •   Paul spelling out the principle for the church.


3. Provide for running the church


1 Chron 29:7 They gave toward the work on the temple of God  

•  an O.T. example of those who gave to provide for a building;


Acts 2:44 -46 All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts

•  in the N.T. we find them sharing what they had



4. Give to God as a sign of our love


Mat 6:24 No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.  

•  warns against making money more important than God. •  giving puts to death that materialistic spirit in the world.


Mk 4:18,19 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.  

•  warns us that reliance on money can stifle the work of God in you.


1 Tim 6:6-10 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs  

•  shows that love of money can lead us from God into sin.


Gen 8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.  

•  shows us Noah offering to God in thankfulness.


Gen 14:20 Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything .  

•  shows Abram offering a tithe in thankfulness.


2 Cor 8:6-9 So we urged Titus, since he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. But just as you excel in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us--see that you also excel in this grace of giving. I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.


•  Paul encouraged material giving in response to spiritual thankfulness

5. Give as an act of faith and obedience


Mt 6:2 "So when you give to the needy”


•  “ when you give..” Jesus expected us to be giving.


1 Cor 16:1,2 Now about the collection for God's people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.  

•  Paul taught giving in a planned manner.


2 Cor 9:6,7 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  

•  Paul taught that God will bless an abundant giver but not the stingy giver)



b) Think how to apply it in grace


In every case, talk to the Lord about it


1. Give to those who are poor and needy

•  Ask the Lord to show you people around you who you can bless •  Ask Him to show you what sort of gift you can give to bless them •  Ask Him how to give without making them feel embarrassed


2. Provide for full time Christian ministry

•  Ask the Lord to show you how you can bless those who serve in the church •  Ask Him how you can show them appreciation


3. Provide for running the church

•  Ask the Lord to show you how the church could run more effectively •  Ask Him if there is something you can contribute to enable more effective reaching out


4. Give to God as a sign of our love

•  Simply give to someone who you sense God wants to bless and love •  Ask the Lord to show you a particular way they would feel loved 


5. Give as an act of faith and obedience

•  As you give, worship. •  When a need is revealed, respond.


c) Final Reflections


•  Giving clearly reveals the state of your heart – fill it with love. •  Giving clearly blesses God – love Him by giving. •  Giving clearly changes people – bless them.


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