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Responses:Give and Recieve

March 10, 2008

What’s the best gift you have ever received?

American Culture

          Stuff Driven because we are selfish driven

          We find value and identity in wealth

We have talked for several weeks about  Responses to who God is and who we are

          Worship

          Prayer

          Relationships

          THIS WEEK – Giving and Receiving as a response

People don’t like this talk in church – “He’s gonna ask for money”

                GOD DOES NOT NEED YOUR MONEY!

                GOD ONLY WANTS TO GIVE US THE GIFT OF PARTICIPATING IN WHAT HE’S DOING

So relax!  Giving is a command of scripture, but God is looking for willing hearts.  Your giving should be a response NOT a compliance

This process is as natural as breathing    In and Out

          When someone does something amazing for us – we generally want to either refuse it or do something in return

          This is where the we are as people

o   God Gives

§  We either refuse

§  Or we receive and give in return

          It’s not a forced thing – it is a choice thing

A. Don’t give out of compulsion.

2 Corinthians 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.

 B. Don’t give with wrong motives: Giving to get – like an investment.

1. Luke 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.”

2. Luke 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.”

3. Even when we give materially in order to receive spiritually –

Acts 8:20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!

C. Don’t give to avoid responsibility.

Mark 7:11, 12 But you say that if a man says to his father or mother: `Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is Corban’ (that is, a gift devoted to God), then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother.

D. Don’t give for approval – Ananias and Sapphira

Acts 5:1,2 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.

E. Don’t give due to legalism, trying to satisfy the law so as to earn the favor of God.

Matthew 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. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

On the other hand, it is good to receive, with gratitude

A. The Ten Lepers –

Luke 17:12-18

B. Philippians 4:17 Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account.

Receiving from God is paramount – Salvation is a gift of God

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 John 1:11, 12 – He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–

John 4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

The sum up         

We give because he gave – besides it’s fun         

We give because it teaches us

o   Tithe

  • §  We see how God provides
  • §  We see how God impacts lives
  • §  We learn how to manage our money

o   Overall

  • §  We learn to not be self seeking all the time
  • §  We learn to place proper values on things         

We give because God said to and we desire to         

We need to receive with joy and open hearts

o   It starts with salvation

o   It continues in community

o   It continues in relationship with Him

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