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Preaching on Giving from the Old Testament

Uncover the truth and beauty of giving in the Old Testament.

Preaching on Giving from the Old Testament

Editor's Intro: Will Stevens is the author of God's Givers. In it he traces a theology of giving through the Old Testament, focusing on seven stories. To go along with the book he has created a curriculum to help translate these biblical principles of giving to a contemporary community of faith.

How often does your church talk about giving? How many times a year do you include a message on giving in your regular Sunday sermon series? As you preach through each book of the Bible, do you take the time to draw out the biblical principles of giving from the text? In most cases, preaching on giving represents a break in the regular preaching pattern of a church. The giving or stewardship sermon or sermon series is an interruption in the regular exploration and uncovering of God's Word. But preaching on giving should not be a one-time affair in the life of the church. In the course of the Bible, from Genesis' the account of Cain and Abel's offering to the Lord, to the gift ...

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May 11, 2017  5:21pm

Giving is a touchy subject in church. I have seen both extremes, some that never preach on it, and some make it first priority and seem to try and guilt you into giving more. I believe if you don't give you miss out on all the blessings, and it definitely is an act of faith to give. I believe Malachi 3:10 says a lot "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." And Luke 12:34 says a mouthful too."For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." If you have a hobby, or interest, and you spend your money on that, there is your heart. If you give tithes to your church, then most likely your heart is there.

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