Jul 29, 2018
Why Is Giving Important?

2 Corinthians 8:10-24 (#20 in sermon series)

verse 24, ''Therefore, openly before the churches, show them the proof of your love and of our reason for boasting about you.''

Why is giving so important?

Because giving is the proof of your love.

Acts 20: 35, ''remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.''

I believe God wants us to have an attitude of giving - living - giving going through life with an attitude

''Lord, everything I own is Yours, and so I want to hold it all loosely, and I want to be a giver.''

problem: They had pledged and then they weren't coming through with their pledge.

Truth number one: God wants us to give voluntarily and cheerfully.

vs 10, ''I give my opinion in this matter, and it's to your advantage to give. You were the first to begin a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it.'' ''Remember when we brought this before you, you wanted to do it.'' He said, ''Now finish doing it also, that just as there was the readiness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability. For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he does not have.''

11 Corinthians 9:7 ''Let each one do just as he as purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.''

Grudgingly- do not give with heaviness, sorrow, distressed

Truth number two: God wants us to give wisely

vs 13 -15. ''For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality - at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality; as it is written, 'HE WHO gathered MUCH DID NOT HAVE TOO MUCH, AND HE WHO gathered LITTLE HAD NO LACK.''

vs 16, ''But thanks be to God who puts the same earnestness on your behalf in the heart of Titus, for he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest, he has gone to you of his own accord. And we have sent along with him the brother whose fame in the things of the gospel has spread throughout all the churches.''

We see today in our country today a growing number of people that believe that socialism is the way to go. If you think socialism is the way to go look at what is what's going on in Venezuela, that country is being destroyed because of that kind of thinking.

11Thessalonians 3:10 This is what God says to the people who don't work:
''If a man will not work, neither shall he eat.''

Third truth: God wants us to give when there is accountability

vs 19, ''And not only this, but he has also been appointed by the churches as also been appointed by the churches to travel with us in this gracious work, which is being administered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself, and to show our readiness, taking precaution that no one should discredit us in our administration of this generous gift; for we have regard for what is honorable not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.''

''Lord, am I giving in accord with what You want me to do?''

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  • Jul 29, 2018Why Is Giving Important?
    Jul 29, 2018
    Why Is Giving Important?

    2 Corinthians 8:10-24 (#20 in sermon series)

    verse 24, ''Therefore, openly before the churches, show them the proof of your love and of our reason for boasting about you.''

    Why is giving so important?

    Because giving is the proof of your love.

    Acts 20: 35, ''remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.''

    I believe God wants us to have an attitude of giving - living - giving going through life with an attitude

    ''Lord, everything I own is Yours, and so I want to hold it all loosely, and I want to be a giver.''

    problem: They had pledged and then they weren't coming through with their pledge.

    Truth number one: God wants us to give voluntarily and cheerfully.

    vs 10, ''I give my opinion in this matter, and it's to your advantage to give. You were the first to begin a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it.'' ''Remember when we brought this before you, you wanted to do it.'' He said, ''Now finish doing it also, that just as there was the readiness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability. For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he does not have.''

    11 Corinthians 9:7 ''Let each one do just as he as purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.''

    Grudgingly- do not give with heaviness, sorrow, distressed

    Truth number two: God wants us to give wisely

    vs 13 -15. ''For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality - at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality; as it is written, 'HE WHO gathered MUCH DID NOT HAVE TOO MUCH, AND HE WHO gathered LITTLE HAD NO LACK.''

    vs 16, ''But thanks be to God who puts the same earnestness on your behalf in the heart of Titus, for he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest, he has gone to you of his own accord. And we have sent along with him the brother whose fame in the things of the gospel has spread throughout all the churches.''

    We see today in our country today a growing number of people that believe that socialism is the way to go. If you think socialism is the way to go look at what is what's going on in Venezuela, that country is being destroyed because of that kind of thinking.

    11Thessalonians 3:10 This is what God says to the people who don't work:
    ''If a man will not work, neither shall he eat.''

    Third truth: God wants us to give when there is accountability

    vs 19, ''And not only this, but he has also been appointed by the churches as also been appointed by the churches to travel with us in this gracious work, which is being administered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself, and to show our readiness, taking precaution that no one should discredit us in our administration of this generous gift; for we have regard for what is honorable not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.''

    ''Lord, am I giving in accord with what You want me to do?''

  • Jul 22, 2018Calvary Proves God Loves Us
    Jul 22, 2018
    Calvary Proves God Loves Us

    11 Corinthians 5:18-21

    “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”

    I. Past Sin Forgiven Only By His Grace

    “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” ~ Jeremiah 17:9

    “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all.” ~ Titus 2:11

    Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, Rejoice! ~ Philippians 4:4

    II. God Exchanges Nasty Rags For His Robe of Righteousness

    “all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” ~ Isaiah 64:6

    THERE ARE 2 WAYS OF ATTAINING RIGHTEOUSNESS

    1. Live a sinless life

    2. Accept the gift of righteousness from God by faith
    “being justified by faith, we have peace with God” ~ Romans 5:1

    Matthew 10:29-30 (NLT)
    29 Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.

    Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    Trust Him. He has a good plan for your life.

  • Jul 15, 2018How To Live A Full Life
    Jul 15, 2018
    How To Live A Full Life

    John 15: 9-13

    “If you are going to boast about something let it be a boast of understanding and knowing me. I am the Lord who exercises loving-kindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in this.” ~ Jeremiah 9:24

    I. Jesus Is Teaching Only Believers

    II. Jesus Is Teaching When We Abide With Him There Will Be Fruit

    III. The Longer We Abide The More Our Behavior Becomes Christlike

  • Jul 8, 2018Being A Good Soldier of Christ
    Jul 8, 2018
    Being A Good Soldier of Christ
    Scripture:
    Ephesians 6:10-18
    Joshua 1:10-11
    Joshua 5:13-15
  • Jul 1, 2018Naaman Healed of Leprosy
    Jul 1, 2018
    Naaman Healed of Leprosy
    Scripture: 
  • Jun 24, 2018Are You Prepared To Serve In The Role of Ambassador Of Jesus Christ?
    Jun 24, 2018
    Are You Prepared To Serve In The Role of Ambassador Of Jesus Christ?

    2 Corinthians 5:17-20 (#18)

    I. Our Citizenship Is In Heaven

    OUR CHOICES ARE NOW INFLUENCED BY 3 THEMES:

    First, Jesus Christ died for all our sins

    Second, since all are dead spiritually, they all need Jesus to give them new life,

    Third, once we have given him our lives, we no longer desire to live for ourselves but to live for him (5:15)

    What is the role of political ambassador today?

    Webster’s Dictionary

    “The highest-ranking diplomatic representative appointed by one country or government to represent it in another country or government”

    “Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ, Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,” ~ Philippians 3:18-20
     
    II. . We Are His Representatives

    “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.”
    ~ Matthew 28:18-19

    III. A Message From The King Of The Universe

    “He has committed to us the message of reconciliation’ ~ 2 Corinthians 5:19

  • Jun 17, 2018Are You Alive With Hope?
    Jun 17, 2018
    Are You Alive With Hope?

    2 Corinthians 5: 14-17 (#17)

    I. Do You Have Hope In Your Life?

    JESUS CAME TO GIVE US LIFE – GIVE US MEANING - GIVE US JOY – GIVE US PURPOSE

    II. Do You Love People Who Are Not Easy To Love?

    Vs 16 “for now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.”

    IN HEAVEN’S EYES

    In Heaven’s eyes, there are no losers.

    In Heaven’s eyes, no hopeless cause

    Only people like you, with feelings like me.

    Amazed by the grace we can find in Heaven’s eyes.

    III. As A Christian You Change From Your Past And Become The Present And Future In The Eyes of God

    Vs 17 “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation”

    “in Christ” found 172 times in New Testament

    “the old has gone, the new has come”

  • Jun 10, 2018How To Be Positive In A Crazy World
    Jun 10, 2018
    How To Be Positive In A Crazy World

    2 Corinthians 5: 9-15 (#16)

    I. Believers Will Face A Major Test One Day

    “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. ~ 2 Cor. 5:10

    Vs 11 “Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences. We are not commending ourselves to you, but we are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, that you will have an answer for those who take pride in appearance and not in heart.”

    II. Prepare Yourself For The Test

    “we must all appear” (TO BE EXPOSED)

    Truth – is not frightened of God

    Rather with deep respect – reverence – awe

    GOD OF THE UNIVERSE

  • Jun 3, 2018Standing Before The Judge
    Jun 3, 2018
    Standing Before The Judge
    2 Corinthians 5: 9-10 (#15)

    “Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid; Jesus Christ. Take particular care in picking out your building materials. Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you will be found out. The inspection will be thorough and rigorous. You won’t get by with a thing. If you work passes inspection, fine; if it doesn’t your part of the building will be torn out and started over.”
    1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (The Message)

    “Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
    2 Corinthians 5: 9-10 (NASV)

    Judgement seat – is Greek word bema
    Best translation stage or platform

    I. Every Christian Will Be There

    “we must all appear” the members of church
    Since Pentecost
    Old Testament believers Abraham, Moses, Rhab, Ruth
    People who will be saved during the Tribulation Period
    They refuse to wear the mark of the beast

    II. When Does This Happen?

    Romans 8: 1 “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

    “each ones work will be evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of our work”
    1 Corinthians 3:13

    IF WHAT WE HAVE DONE SURVIVES THE FIRE OF JUDGMENT FROM JESUS CHRIST

    III. What Will Be Our Response?

    5 different crowns in scripture:
    Crown of righteousness
    Crown of life
    Crown of rejoicing
    Crown of glory
    Crown for a victor

    Eugene Peterson

    “Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you will be found out. The inspection will be thorough and rigorous. You won’t get by with a thing. If your work passes inspection, fine; if it doesn’t, your part of the building will be torn out and started over.”

    Jesus said, “Abide in Me, because apart from Me you can do nothing.”

  • May 27, 2018Is There Hope After The Hearse?
    May 27, 2018
    Is There Hope After The Hearse?

    2 Corinthians 5:1-9 (#14)

    I.This Life At Its Longest Is Brief

    II. Absent From The Body, Present With The Lord

    “You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” ~ C. S. Lewis

    “What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?” ~ Mark 8:36

    2 Corinthians 5:8 “Away from the body and at home with the Lord”

    “UNDER THE SOD AND UNDER THE TREES; LIES THE BODY: OF JONATHAN PEASE. BUT PEASE ISN’T HERE; THIS IS JUST THE POD; PEAS SHELLED OUT; AND WENT TO GOD.”

    “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain…..I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far’ but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.” ~ Philippians 1:21; 23-24