The God-honoring attitudes of giving

1. Give bountifully, not sparingly.

2. Give cheerfully, not reluctantly.

“On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.”

3. Give confidently, not fearfully.

1 Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments! 2 His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. 4 Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous. 5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice. 6 For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. 7 He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD. 8 His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries. 9 He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn is exalted in honor. 10 The wicked man sees it and is angry; he gnashes his teeth and melts away; the desire of the wicked will perish! – Psalm 112 (ESV)

4. Give confidently, not fearfully.

The God-centered basis of giving

1. God supplies the seeds.

2. God supplies the bread.

3. God multiplies the seed.

4. God increases the harvest.

5. God enriches us in every way.

The God-glorifying results of giving

1. God will be thanked.

2. The saints will be supplied.

3. God will be glorified.

4. The saints will be unified.

Todd Spencer

Todd was raised in California and Florida, where he was blessed to participate with his family in churches that preached the Gospel – that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith” (Romans 3:23-25 ESV) – a message that brought him to salvation.

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