Life after Salvation
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When it comes to finances, most people say, "I just can't do it." Well, think with me a minute on the Word of God. If God commanded it, then He would surely provide a way for you and me to practice Scriptural tithing and giving.
TITHING is giving to God 10% of
all that He has given to us. May I add, this is both before and after death.
We'll look at this in more detail later in this lesson.
GIVING is a New Testament concept of Grace. It starts where tithing stops. This too, is before and after death.
|Abraham started Scriptural giving||Gen. 14:20|
|Jacob continued Scriptural giving||Gen. 28:22|
|Moses incorporated Scriptural giving||Lev. 27:30|
|Nehemiah restored Scriptural giving||Neh. 13:11-12|
|Malachi commanded Scriptural giving||Mal. 3:8-11|
|Jesus commended Scriptural giving||Matt. 23:23|
|God ordained Scriptural giving||I Cor. 9:13|
|Paul explained Scriptural giving||I Cor. 16:1-2, II Cor. Chapters 8 and 9, Heb. 7:8|
Paul said, in II Cor. 8:8, 24 that we should prove the sincerity of our love. One area in which we can outwardly display our love and sincerity is by Scriptural giving. Jesus said that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Also, notice Luke 6:38. You just can't out-give God. Take note of Proverbs 11:25, II Cor. 9:6-8. You must enact this by faith, Heb. 11:16, Proverbs 3:5-6. Tithing is probably one of the most difficult steps for a Christian. Blessed is the Christian that learns Scriptural giving; both before and after death.
10.01 What is a natural way to feel about our money and possessions (House / car / etc.)? Deut. 8:17 ________________________________________________________ 10.02 From what source does everyone's material possessions come? (a) Deut. 8:18 _________________________________________________ (b) I Chron. 29:12 _____________________________________________ 10.03 According to Psalm 24:1, who owns the earth? _____________________ 10:04 With what does the Lord want us to be content? Heb. 13:5_________________________________________________________ 10.05 In your own words, write out Matt. 6:31-33 ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ 10.06 What are the results of a strong desire for money? I Tim. 6:9 ______________________________________________________________ 10.07 In Luke 12:15-21: (a) What did God call this man? ________________________________ (b) Of what kind of person does Christ say this? Luke 12:21 ________________________________________________ (c) What is Christ's warning? Luke 12:15 _________________________________________________ 10.08 How did some of the early Christians react to the loss of their possessions? Heb. 10:34 __________________________________________ STEWARDSHIP involves managing someone else's property, according to the owner's will, not according to the steward's will. The Christian is a steward of both his life and his possessions, since both belong to God. 10.09 What are some areas in which God expects us to be faithful stewards? (a) I Cor. 6:19-20 _____________________________________________ (b) Eph. 5:15-16 _______________________________________________ (c) I Peter 4:10 _______________________________________________ (d) I Thess. 2:4 _______________________________________________ (e) I Chron. 29:12-14 __________________________________________ 10.10 Consider Matt. 25:14-30. Write in your own words. What is the principle of this Scripture? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ 10.11 Was each servant given a different measure of responsibility? _____________________________________________________________ 10.12 Did the master expect them to produce in proportion to what they had been given? __________________________________________________ 10.13 As the Lord's stewards, we should be aware of what? Romans 14:12 ______________________________________________________________ 10.14 How much does God need our material gifts? Psalm 50:10, 12. ______________________________________________ 10.15 However, what unusual opportunity does God offer us? Matt. 6:20 ______________________________________________________________ Christ's teaching on giving money emphasizes the importance of giving not only because of love, or duty, but for the sake of eternal reward. He made it clear that although we can't take it with us, we can send it on ahead. 10.16 What do you think this means: There is more blessing in giving than receiving? Acts 20:35 ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ 10.17 According to Matt. 19:16-22: (a) The basic issue was that of loyalty to God. True _______ False _______ (b) Was Jesus trying to make the young man Poor _______ Rich _______ Explain __________________________________________________ 10.18 What principles underline New Testament giving. (a) II Cor. 8:9 _______________________________________________ (b) II Cor. 9:6-7 _____________________________________________ (c) Acts 2:42-47 ______________________________________________ Read Ex. 25:2; Ex.. 35:21, 29; I Chron. 29:9; and II Cor. 9:7 10.19 What quality in our giving is important to God? ______________________________________________________________ 10.20 What kind of giving is not commendable? _______________________________________________________________ 10.21 We find some guidelines for giving in I Cor. 16:2: (a) How many are encouraged to give? ___________________________ (b) The Corinthians were instructed to put aside their gifts (1) at ___________________________ (systematically) (2) at ___________________________ (when ever they could not afford it) (c) How were they to determine how much to give? ___________________________________________________________ 10.22 How can we honor the Lord? Proverbs 3:9 ________________________________________________________________ 10.23 II Cor. 9:6 says it is wise to give ________________________________________________________________ 10.24 Of what can the liberal giver be assured? Luke 6:38 ________________________________________________________________ 10.25 In Prov. 11:24-25, what has God promised the one who gives generously? (a) Prov. 11:24 ________________________________________________ (b) Prov. 11:25 ________________________________________________ Review carefully II Corinthians Chapters 8 and 9. 10.26 According to Matthew 6:1-4, the reward of giving can be lost by what? _______________________________________________________ Why?__________________________________________________ 10.27 To whom should we give? (a) I Cor. 9:11, 14 _________________________________________ (b) Gal. 6:6 ________________________________________________ (c) Prov. 19:17 _____________________________________________ (d) James 2:15-16 ___________________________________________ 10.28 In Mark 12:41-44: (a) What was Jesus observing? _______________________________ (b) What did He praise, and why? _____________________________ ___________________________________________________________ (c) How did most people contribute to the temple treasury? ___________________________________________________________ (d) How was the widow's contribution in percentage to the others? ___________________________________________________________ 10.29 What promises are given to those who give to the Lord's work? Phil. 4:15-19 _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ 10.30 How does one give after death? (a) Tithing 10% of one's life insurance to the church. This can be done simply by changing your beneficiary to include the Lord's work . . . the church. We tithe while we are alive, why not in our death? (b) Have an extra life insurance making the church the full benefactor. (c) Giving property, antiques, cars, real estate, memorials. What could you give back to God?________________________________ A London paper offered a prize for the best definition of money. This was the winning answer:
May you support the church both in life and in death.
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