SERMON NOTES FINANCIAL FREEDOM: HOW TO HONOR GOD WITH MY FINANCES October 16, 2011 Pastor Bill Chambers Memory Verse: 2 COR 8:7 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. 1. The three stages of Giving on the Generosity Ladder are the __________ level, the _________________ level, and the ________ level. 2. According to scripture we should give in ways that are A____________________ and I______________________. 3. Level Two, O________________ or Proportional Giving, is a good place to start but bad place to S______. 4. In MAL 3:8 God says because you ______ me of tithes & offerings, you are under a C________, which is R_____________, not Proactive. 5. C______ was cursed, in GEN 4, because he brought God S______ ____ his harvest, not the F____________________. 6. The T________ C________________ is testing God at His word for 4 months. 7. In MAT 23:23 Jesus said, T________, but don’t leave the M______ I_________________ T__________ undone, either. 8. The Peak Level, or E____________________ giver, gives tithes in excel of 10%, may have annual giving G________, and typically is moving C__________ to God. 9. Philemon 6 tells us that a person is generous because of their F________. Putting generosity to work will aid us in understanding A__ t____ G______ T__________ we can do for Christ. 10. The Law of the H____________ says, whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly. Whoever sows generously will reap generously. Also, God loves a C______________ giver. MY NEXT STEP TODAY IS TO: __ Memorize 2 COR 8:7 today __ I want to grow in the grace of giving and ask God's help to move up on the ladder of generosity __ Use an envelope for today's offering to show my commitment to give identifiably and accountably __ Commit to obedience by taking the 4 month tithe challenge Financial Freedom Series How to Honor God with My Finances st 1 Steps Today’s Memory Verse 2 COR 8:7 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. Generosity Ladder: 3 Steps The Generosity Ladder 3 Stages of Giving: 1) Basic Level – Initial Giver 2) Obedience Level – Proportional Giver 3) Peak Level – Sacrificial Giver The Grace of Giving– Requires God’s grace to enable us to become generous givers st 1 Step: Basic Scripture Giving Instructions The scripture instructs us to give to God in ways that are 1) Accountable, and 2) Identifiable. 1 COR 16 : 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 2nd Step: Obedience Step Two: Obedience Level – Proportional Giving – Return the Full Tithe _ First 10% _Good Place to Start; Bad Place to Stay God Challenges Us MAL 3:8, Will a man rob God? Yet you do rob me. But you ask, How do we rob you? In tithes and offerings. Because you rob me you are under a curse . How do you get out from under this curse? Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the flood gates of Heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. Curse is Reactive, not Proactive An absence of God’s Blessings Real Life Story God’s Blessing on Tithers GEN 4– In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. He didn’t bring the best. PRO 3:9,10 Honor the LORD with the firstfruits of all your crops… then your barns will be filled to overflowing & your vats will brim over with wine… (God will) throw open the floodgates of heaven & pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. The Tithe Challenge Test God at His Word– Tithe for 4 months; See if God will keep His word and Bless your finances. MAT 23:23 Jesus says, “Tithe, but don’t leave the more important things undone either.” rd 3 Step: Peak Peak Giving Level __ Extravagant Giver; > Tithe; 12%, 15%, 20%-- 90% __ Sacrificial Giver; Annual Giving Goals __ Spiritually Moving Closer to God Phmn 6: You are generous because of your faith . And I am praying that you will really put your generosity to work for in doing so you will come to an understanding of all the good things we can do for Christ. The Law of the Harvest 2 COR 9--…whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly. Whoever sows generously will reap generously. Real Life Story—WL Chambers, Sr 2 COR 9:7 You must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure, for God loves a cheerful giver. LK 12:34 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
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