Sermon Title: Giving God’s Way
Speaker: Joe Benjamin
Date: 20 November 2016
Venue: Eagle Mountain Church
Malachi 3:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Proverbs 14:31 (ERV)
31 Whoever takes advantage of the poor insults their Maker, but whoever is kind to them honors him.
Proverbs 19:17 (ERV)
17 Giving help to the poor is like loaning money to the Lord. He will pay you back for your kindness.
Proverbs 3:9 Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the FIRSTFRUITS of all thine increase:
10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
If the FIRSTFRUITS be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
“The best of all first fruits of any kind, and every sacrifice of any kind from all your sacrifices, shall be the priest’s; also you shall give to the priest the first of your ground meal, to cause a blessing to rest on your house.”
Luke 6:38 Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
1 Corinthians 9:9-11 AMP
9 For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain [to keep it from eating the grain].” Is it [only] for oxen that God cares? 10 Or does He speak entirely for our sake? Yes, it was written for our sake: The plowman ought to plow [b]in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing the harvest. 11 If we have sown [the good seed of] spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? 12 If others share in this rightful claim over you, do not we even more? However, we did not exercise this right, but we put up with everything so that we will not hinder [the spread of] the good news of Christ. 13 Do you not know that those who officiate in the sacred services of the temple eat from the temple [offerings of meat and bread] and those who regularly attend the altar have their share from the [offerings brought to the] altar? 14 So also [on the same principle] the Lord directed those who preach the gospel to get their living from the gospel.
Mark 12:41-44 (ERV)
41 Jesus sat near the Temple collection box[a] and watched as people put money into it. Many rich people put in a lot of money. 42 Then a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth less than a penny.
43 Jesus called his followers to him and said, “This poor widow put in only two small coins. But the truth is, she gave more than all those rich people. 44 They have plenty, and they gave only what they did not need. This woman is very poor, but she gave all she had. It was money she needed to live on.”
2 Corinthians 8:2
These believers sacrificed by giving “according to their ability, and beyond their ability”