III. THE GIVING CHURCH GROWTH IN GIVING
A. Giving : Giving activates divine law that releases the work of God in our private world. “Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your increase.” (PROVERBS 3:9)
B. Receiving : God responds to our giving by opening up opportunities to receive divine provisions both directly and indirectly from His hand. “And your barns will be filled with plenty.” (PROVERBS 3:10a)
C. Prospering : God desires that we receive abundantly and have more than enough so as to become a liberal giver. “And your vats will overflow with new wine.” (PROVERBS 3:10b)
D. Stewardship Lifestyle : A steward is a guardian of the interests of another. The steward owns nothing, but is careful to guard, protect and increase the property of the one whom he serves. We are stewards of time, strength, ability as well as our money. (LUKE 16:1-13)
IV. TWELVE PRINCIPLES IN CULTIVATING A GIVING SPIRIT
A. Giving releases the favor of God upon the giver. (II CORINTHIANS 8:1)
B. Even in poverty, giving produces great joy and releases supernatural provision. (II CORINTHIANS 8:2)
C. Giving beyond one’s ability, without thought of oneself, breaks the spirit of poverty. (II CORINTHIANS 8:3)
D. Giving in spite of human constraints or human reasoning overcomes smallness of spirit.
E. Giving sacrificially deepens dependence upon God as our only source.
F. One’s spiritual growth in other Christian virtues brings forth greater giving.
G. Giving that completes commitments which started with inspired faith establishes deep conviction for lifetime giving.
H. Giving is acceptable to God on the basis of the giver’s heart, not the giver’s amount. (MARK 12:42-44)
I. Giving allows the Holy Spirit to minister to our deficiency.
J. Giving can be snared by delayed obedience brought about by postponement of generosity.
K. The laws of harvest governs giving. (II CORINTHIANS 9:6)
L. Giving with a joyful attitude pleases the heart of God.