Are we headed away from our treasures or toward them?
Once you grasp true grace giving, tithing becomes a moot point. 2. Tithing isn’t giving. 3. Tithing is ceasing to rob God. 1. Tithing isn’t the end-all of giving. 4. Tithing is giving’s training wheels.
A grace-saturated culture of joyful contagious giving that begs for the privilege of giving . Where we never talk each other out of giving because “that’s unwise.” Where we follow the example of the poor widow , not the rich fool . Where we model for our children and grandchildren the grace and joy of Jesus.
We come in naked and broke. We may be dressed when we go out, but we’re just as broke. Warren Buffet? Going to go out broke. Bill Gates? Going out broke. Tom Hanks? Going out broke. Steve King? Broke. Not a crying dime.
All the money you earn, all the stocks you buy, the mutual funds
People without Christ can discover the truth of His principles and enjoy the short-term happiness of giving —while many of God’s own people are enslaved to stinginess and debt, robbing God and living joyless fruitless lives.
6 So we urged Titus, since he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. 7 But just as you excel in everything —in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us— see that you also excel in this grace of giving .
7 But just as you excel in everything [ work, sports, hobbies, parenting ] …see that you also excel in this grace of giving. You can excel in giving —do it bigger and better than in the past. You can give:
What have you been doing to excel in your giving? What steps have you been taking to raise the bar ?
Have you been providing a model of generous giving by what you do with your time and money? How are you helping your kingdom teammates excel at giving? Do you have giving accountability?
Gift of teaching: get better as you use it; people know what it looks like. Gift of giving: get better as you use it; people don’t know what it looks like. Rom. 12: gifts of prophecy, serving, teaching , encouragement, giving , leadership, mercy. Grace of giving = gift of giving
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training . They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever ….
Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly ; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight , I have finished the race , I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness , which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that
they are looking for a country of their own ….If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country —a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. So we are looking forward to a new heavens and a new earth , in which righteousness dwells.
Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath. Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it. But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.
Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you . And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? …
No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.
Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out— those who have done good will rise to live , and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. …And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books… The sea gave up the dead
that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done . Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.