Sermon Notes 2019 01 20 AM

January 20, 2019 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1875
#2 in series

Catching the Vision
Psalms 96, 116, 122

OVERVIEW

In the last message, we started by looking at the life of Abel as an early example of giving that honored God through obedience (see Hebrews 11:4). We also studied the lives of Mary, Barnabas, and the poor widow who gave sacrificially, whether out of great means or extreme poverty. Finally, we read of Jesus’ ultimate example in becoming poor for our sake “so that you through His poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). Remember, Christian giving is not a matter of finance; it’s a matter of faith. The church treasurer counts what we give, but God counts what we keep.

For further study, this series is available online at sherwoodbaptist.net/messages.

“There is no cause like that of Christ – no entity like the Kingdom – no people like the redeemed – no task like world evangelism! But it does cost money...and the money is there. There are hundreds of billions of dollars in untapped monies under the control of the people of God being used for no eternal purpose, accomplishing things of no eternal consequence.” - John Bisagno

I. WE TREASURE THE TRUTH

The Bible never separates spirituality from stewardship. Stewardship is a spiritual ministry. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also...”

We need to embrace these truths:

A) Giving and worship go together. (Psalm 96:10)

B) We are debtors. (Psalm 116:5-8, 12-14)

Too often we pray in our adversity and forget God in our prosperity. We make promises we fail to keep. What is the offering? It is a vital part of worship individually and corporately. It should be one of the high points in every service.

II. II. WE TESTIFY IN TITHES AND OFFERINGS

The temple was the best they could build for the one true God. It stood as a testimony to God and His faithfulness, a reminder for all who entered the city – our God is an awesome God.

Look at God’s charge against His people in the book of Haggai: Shortly after that, God said more and Haggai spoke it: “How is it that it's the ‘right time’ for you to live in your fine new homes while the Home, God's Temple, is in ruins?” And then a little later, God-of-the-Angel-Armies spoke out again: “Take a good, hard look at your life. Think it over. You have spent a lot of money, but you haven’t much to show for it. You keep filling your plates, but you never get filled up. You keep drinking and drinking and drinking, but you’re always thirsty. You put on layer after layer of clothes, but you can’t get warm. And the people who work for you, what are they getti ng out of it? Not much – a leaky, rusted-out bucket, that’s what. That’s why God-of-the-Angel-Armies said: “Take a good, hard look at your life. Think it over.” (1:3-7, The Message)

III. THE TESTIMONY OF PERSONAL EXAMPLE

David didn’t just preach giving; He was a giver. He was a sacrificial giver. He didn’t cut corners or justify selfishness.

How is your personal example a positive witness?

Why have we built all this? Why should we expedite the paying down of our debt, support church planting, and free up monies as soon as possible for additional mission opportunities?