Sermon: June 28, 2020

Why Give?

Lesson 2:
“Because It Blesses Others”
by Michael Lewis

June 28, 2020

We are made to pour, not store. (Luke 12:13-20)

Luke 12:13
“Then someone called from the crowd, ‘Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.’“

Luke 12:15
“Then he said, ‘Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.’”

Luke 16:10-11
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.  And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?” 

It’s NOT bad to be rich; It’s bad to NOT be good at being rich.

2 Timothy 6:17-19

Why Give To Bless Others:

1. We help others meet authentic needs.

Acts 2:44-45
“All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need… praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

1 John 3:17
“If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no  compassion, how can God’s love be in that person?”

2. We declare a different path to joy.

1 Timothy 6:17
“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unrealiable.”

Proverbs 11:25
“The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”

Hebrews 13:5
“Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”

3. We make the good news more available.

Luke 8:1, 2
“After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.”

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