Notes for FaithPoint

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Pic from Flickr by rilegator

The text for this sermon comes from Genesis 14.

In this sermon today, I want us to see that the subject of money is not just about money. It is about your heart.

Genesis 14:17-24

There is a fight. Lot gets taken captive. A man escapes and runs to Abram.

vs 14 – Abram takes 318 guys with him. Abram and his guys beat the enemy and rescues the prisoners.

Abram gives Melchizedek a tenth. This is where we get the word tithe. Abram does this before there is even a law on giving a tithe.

The tithe was established in the law. I honestly believe that the tithe was established as a tenth by God because that is how God ordained that His temple and His priests would be taken care of (Deuteronomy 18) God set the tithe at a tenth because no matter what the people had, everyone could give at least a tenth.

Leviticus 27:30

After the law was established, people were giving a tenth of what they had. People gave fruit, produce, oil, honey, wine, flour, birds, goats, and cattle.

The tithe gift is to come from the firstfruits of whatever the person has. The first and best from the harvest, the first bottle of wine, the first jar of honey, the best goat, the best ox and so on. Cain was called out by God for not giving from the firstfruits of his harvest.

However, there was something deeper going on with Cain.

Matthew 23:23

The Pharisees are tithing. They are giving of the first and best of what they have. Jesus calls them out for something else.

Malachi 3:6-10

These are the verses that preachers like to use to preach about giving. Sometimes it works and people feel guilty so they give for a couple weeks and then they stop again.

There is something deeper going on here.

Isaiah 64:6 Israel’s righteous acts were considered polluted garments. They were giving. They had it down to a routine. It didn’t faze them anymore. It made God want to throw up in his mouth.

Jesus talks about giving in Matthew 6.

vs 21 – For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Jesus does not hold you to just ten percent. Ten percent is the baseline. Jesus gives you permission to give as much as you want. You will give to the degree that you trust God to provide for you.

Let’s sort all this out.

We are to give at least a tenth because everyone can give at least that.

We are to give of our first and best earnings – lest we start to believe that God is not our provider and we did it all ourselves.

Isaiah 29:16

Paul talks about giving.

1 Cor. 4:1-2, 7

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

Here, Paul frees us from the mindset that we are stuck at giving ten percent. You are free to give as much as you want because Paul already showed us in 1 Cor. 4 that God gave us all that we have anyway.

It comes down to the heart. It is all about your heart.

Why?

Jeremiah 17:9

What your heart is like when you are giving is directly related to what you believe about the giver.

What kind of giver you are is directly related to your relationship with Jesus.

People that are disobedient, rebellious against God in their lives, have no desire to engage in a relationship with Jesus or pursue the life He has called them to live.

They might give. But they are not happy about it.

They get mad. Another church talking about money.

  • Do you pay Starbucks for a cup of coffee?

  • Do you pay Target for your clothes?

  • Do you pay McDonald’s for your cheeseburger?

  • Do you pay the theater so you can watch a movie?

Yes.

And you have no say in how any of those businesses use the money you gave them.

Look at Abram, Cain, the Israelites, the Phairsees. It is all about their hearts.

I am not going to lie to you. FaithPoint needs money to accomplish the mission that God has given us. It takes money to

  • Make Disciples

  • Train Men

  • Develop Pastors

  • Send Missionaries

  • Plant Churches

It takes money to buy, rent, or lease a building.

In our covenant, that you sign when you become a member, we promise that the leaders of the church would be good stewards and honor God with how we spend the money of the church.

At the end of the day, you may not like some of the decisions made, but we are doing what we believe God wants us to do to lead this church to accomplish the vision that he has given this church.

But here is the overall thing. I would not be the preacher God called me to be and I would fail today if I did not tell you that Jesus wants you more than this church needs your money.

Jesus wants a relationship with you.

The Potter wants a relationship with the clay.

Romans 3:9-18, 21-25

It’s All About Jesus!

You give because of Jesus.

You serve because of Jesus.

You love because of Jesus.

You have compassion because of Jesus.

It’s All About Jesus!

Jesus changes us by changing our hearts and giving us the Holy Spirit to guide us. Jesus molds and shapes us to be more like himself.

When you come to Jesus, you will see how Majestic, Righteous, Holy, and Beautiful he is.

Jesus is the definition of:

  • good

  • love

  • gentleness

  • kindness

  • grace

  • mercy

Get to know Jesus today.

 

 

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