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Day 5 – Giving

Part 1 – Sacrificial Giving

Old Testament Precedent – Leviticus 27:30, Malachi 1:13-14

  • The Israelites were commanded to give a tenth (tithe) of all their income to the Lord
  • The Israelites had many other kinds of sacrifices. (e.g., burnt, sin, grain, fellowship) in addition to the tithe.
    • The Israelites actually gave up to 33% of their income
    • The sacrifices were to the best available.
  • God will not accept second rates sacrifice.

New Testament Examples

  • The Widow – Mark 12:41-44
    • She was not commended for what she gave, but her heart behind giving. She was totally dependent upon God.
  • Barnabas – Acts 4:36-37
    • He sold his property and gave all the proceeds from the sale to meet the needs of the church
  • The Macedonians – 2 Corinthians 8:1-3
    • They gave beyond their ability even though they were very poor.

True Sacrifice Costs Something – 2 Samuel 24:21-25

  • David refused to God something that cost him nothing.

Questions

  1. Am I giving my best to God in my weekly giving?
  2. Do I give to God first out of my pay or from what I have left over?
  3. What percent if my income am I giving in my weekly contribution?
  4. What am I willing to sell or sacrifice for Missions Contribution?
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