Stewardship and Giving (part 2)

(part 1) (part 3)

Basic principles of stewardship and giving.

Paul laid out general principles of stewardship and giving in 1 Corinthians 16 and 2 Corinthians 8-9.

From 1 Corinthians 16

  • Each believer responsible to give–”each of you” 16:2
  • Planned and given regularly 16:2
  • Proportional giving 16:2
  • This process would prevent the need for an ineffective collection or for a “pressured” appeal to the givers. 16:4

From 2 Corinthians 8-9

8:1-5

  • Sacrificial giving
    • Proportional–”according to their ability”
    • Sacrificial–”beyond their ability”
  • Joyful giving
    • Their poverty no more impeded their generosity than their tribulation diminished their joy.
  • Key–not the size of the gift but the attitude of the giver
  • Summary
    • Generous beyond their means
    • Acted on their own initiative
    • Gave not only financially but gave themselves

8:9-12

  • Willingness to give should be evidenced by actual giving
  • Paul had challenged them to give in 1 Corinthians, they had stopped because of a conflict, now that the conflict was solved, it was time for them to finish what they started.
  • When the giver is willing–heart attitude–than the proportional gift is acceptable.

9:5-15

  • Give Generously 9:5-6
  • Give freely (without compulsion) 9:7
  • Give cheerfully 9:7
  • Giving is an act of faith 9:8
    • God provides for the giver.  So give liberally, and live on what is left by God’s supply.
  • Giving results in praise and thanksgiving to God 9:11-15
    • Their gift would supply the needs of the needy 9:12
    • Their gift would cause the recipient and others to praise God 9:11b, 12b, 13, 15
    • Notice that praise is offered less for the gift itself than for the spiritual virtues of the donors expressed in the gift.
  • Giving is an acknowledgment that what we have is God 9:15

Key Point: The focus of New Testament giving is not on a percentage but proportional to income.

Summary

From Andy Stanley “Fields of Gold”

  1. Priority giving — Giving to God before anything else
  2. Percentage giving — 10% is a good start
  3. Progressive giving — Keep growing as a giver
  4. Prompted giving — Additional spontaneous giving as God leads
  5. Purposeful giving — Giving to where it can make a difference

 

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