Giving Facts
We live in the most affluent society in
human history.

American Christians control 70% of
the world’s Christ...
Average giving by adults attending
U.S. Protestant churches:

  $17 a week
  $70 a month
  $840 a year

• 96% of American ...
• The younger a church-goer, the
  less he gives (proportionately).

• 80% of the money given to the
  American church is ...
The average Christian gives one
quarter the amount required by
one of three tithes commanded the
people of Israel…mostly p...
The Average Christian in our
 churches gives 30% less than the
 average American gave in the
 depths of the Great Depressi...
Lack of Giving means lack of
• Impact: Church and Mission
  funding
• Kingdom-mindedness
• Joy
• God’s blessing
• God’s gr...
Money and Mirages
• Advertising’s job: Persuade you
  that you need what you really don’t
• Convince you that you’ll be
  ...
Ecclesiastes 5:10-15

    The More You Have…
Whoever loves money never
has money enough.

    The more you have,
    the m...
Whoever loves wealth is never
satisfied with his income.

    The more you have,
  the less you’re satisfied.
As goods increase, so do
those who consume them.

 The more you have, the
 more people (including the
 government) come af...
And what benefit are they to
the owner except to feast his
eyes on them?
 The more you have, the
 more you realize it does...
The sleep of a laborer is sweet,
whether he eats little or much,
but the abundance of a rich
man permits him no sleep.

 T...
I have seen a grievous evil under
the sun: wealth hoarded to the
harm of its owner.
 The more you have, the more
 you can ...
Naked a man comes from his
mother’s womb; as he comes,
so he departs. He takes nothing
from his labor he can carry in
his ...
Do not store up for yourselves
treasures on earth, where moth and
rust destroy, and where thieves break
in and steal.
    ...
• Don’t renounce treasure:
  relocate it.
• Don’t abandon the idea of
  storing up treasures for
  yourself; put it where ...
You can’t take it with you

           but...

You can send it on ahead!
Sell your possessions and give to
the poor. Provide money belts for
yourselves that will not wear out, a
treasure in heave...
KEY #1

God owns everything;
   I’m His money
      manager.
God’s Ownership and
The earth is the Lord’s,
everything in it, the world,
and all who live in it.
                     Psa...
God’s Ownership
The silver is mine and the
gold is mine.
                    Haggai 2:8
You are not your own; you
were bou...
My Stewardship
 I’m God’s money manager
It is God who gives you the
ability to produce wealth.
               Deuteronomy ...
We will all stand before God’s
judgment-seat…each of us will give
an account of himself to God.
                      Roma...
KEY #2

My heart always goes
    where I put
   God’s money.
Where your treasure is, there
     your heart will be also.
Not a value judgment; a simple fact.
   The law of vested inte...
• Where we put money shows
  where our heart is. But it also
 determines where our heart
 goes.
• Good news: the choice is...
Don’t wait to take action until
your heart’s in it. Take action
so your heart will be in it.

Don’t let your giving follow...
Your heart is NOT where:
• your treasure used to be
• you wish your treasure was
• you hope or plan your treasure
  to one...
How do we solve a problem of
  hearts being in the wrong place?
Give, to put them in the right place.
• Ask: If I were the...
The abundance of a rich
man permits him no sleep.
          Ecclesiastes 5:12

Where your treasure is,
there your heart wi...
KEY #3

  Heaven—the New
 Earth—not this Earth
under the Curse, is my
        home.
The greatest deterrent to giving?
The illusion that:
• this present world is my home

• I’ll only go around once on this
 ...
But the saints of the Most
High will receive the
kingdom and will possess it
forever—yes, forever and
ever.
              ...
No longer will there be any
curse. [Not: no longer will
there be any earth.] The
throne of God and of the
Lamb will be in ...
At the renewal of all things,
when the Son of Man sits on
his glorious throne, you who
have followed me will also
sit on t...
―[Christ] must remain in
heaven until the time comes
for God to restore everything,
as he promised long ago
through his ho...
They were aliens and strangers on
earth …looking for a country of their
own… longing for a better country—a
heavenly one, ...
Whenever I think about heaven, it
makes me depressed. I’d rather
cease to exist when I die. I can’t
stand the thought of e...
With a negative view of Heaven…
who’d look forward to it?
                       2 Peter 3:13

Who’d set their minds on it...
Satan lies about Heaven:
  1) He suppresses the central truth
of God’s ultimate redemptive victory:
the resurrection and t...
KEY #4
 I should live
not for the dot,
but for the line.
The Dot:                The Line:
Life on earth          Life in heaven
Moses chose to be mistreated along
with the people...
He is no fool who gives
what he cannot keep to gain
what he cannot lose.
       Jim Elliot, 1927 – 1956
1927
KEY #5
       Giving
is the only antidote
   to materialism.
The Physics of
       Keeping v. Giving
• Mass, Gravity, Orbit
• Needed: A Shift in the center
  of gravity; a Copernican
...
People who want to get rich fall into
People who want to getand into many
 temptation and a trap rich fall into
temptation...
Command those who are rich
in this present world not to be
arrogant nor to put their hope
in wealth, which is so
uncertain...
Command them to do good,
to be rich in good deeds, and to
be generous and willing to share.
In this way they will lay up
t...
KEY #6
  God prospers me
     not to raise
my standard of living,
     but to raise
my standard of giving.
God’s Grace:
 Lightning

Our Giving:
 Thunder
As thunder follows
lightning, so giving follows
grace.
The more God’s grace grips
you, the more you give. The
more you giv...
At the present time your plenty
will supply what they need, so
that in turn their plenty will
supply what you need. Then
t...
It’s God’s will that we not have
too much OR too little.
He distributes unequally, so
those with too much can give to
help...
9:10
   Now he who supplies seed to the
sower and bread for food will also
supply and increase your store of
seed and will...
He will also supply and increase your
store of seed and will enlarge the
harvest of your righteousness. You
will be made r...
Test me in this [giving: not
only of tithes, but freewill
offerings] and see if I will not
throw open the floodgates of
he...
Jesus said, ―Give, and it will be
given to you. A good measure,
pressed down, shaken together
and running over, will be po...
8 Forit is by grace you have been
saved, through faith—and this not
from yourselves, it is the gift of
God— not by works, ...
….remembering the words the Lord
Jesus himself said: ―It is more
blessed to give than to receive.‖
                       ...
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 brok...
you trade—all that is smoke and
mirrors. It’s still going to be a
quarter-past getting late whether you
tell the time on a...
We have the power to help this
needy world. Why should we
refuse? Because we’re going to
take it with us? Please.
   A lif...
The irony of Warren Buffet, Bill
Gates, Stephen King, etc.:
People without Christ can discover
the truth of His principles...
The most generous Christians
of my acquaintance have been
always the most happy, and almost
invariably the most prosperous...
Men trust good stewards with
larger and larger sums, and so it
frequently is with the Lord; He
gives by cartloads to those...
2 Cor. 8:9
       For you know the grace of our
Lord Jesus Christ, that though he
was rich, yet for your sakes he
became p...
• Strategic question:
     Five minutes after I die, what will
  I wish I would have given?
• Strategic plan:
     Spend t...
Why are so many
Christians afraid to die?
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  1. 1. Giving Facts We live in the most affluent society in human history. American Christians control 70% of the world’s Christian wealth. The average American Christian gives 2.6% of his income.
  2. 2. Average giving by adults attending U.S. Protestant churches: $17 a week $70 a month $840 a year • 96% of American Christians give away less than 10% of their income.
  3. 3. • The younger a church-goer, the less he gives (proportionately). • 80% of the money given to the American church is given by those age 55 and older. • Within 50 years, $100 trillion will pass from older to younger.
  4. 4. The average Christian gives one quarter the amount required by one of three tithes commanded the people of Israel…mostly poor, who hadn’t experienced Christ’s transforming grace or the empowerment of the indwelling Holy Spirit. How is this possible?
  5. 5. The Average Christian in our churches gives 30% less than the average American gave in the depths of the Great Depression. • What does this tell us? • What needs to change, and how? • Who’s positioned to lead a giving revolution?
  6. 6. Lack of Giving means lack of • Impact: Church and Mission funding • Kingdom-mindedness • Joy • God’s blessing • God’s grace
  7. 7. Money and Mirages • Advertising’s job: Persuade you that you need what you really don’t • Convince you that you’ll be satisfied with what can’t satisfy Study: ―Six months after winning lottery, winners were no happier than if paralyzed in a car crash.‖ 1999, 9.
  8. 8. Ecclesiastes 5:10-15 The More You Have… Whoever loves money never has money enough. The more you have, the more you want.
  9. 9. Whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. The more you have, the less you’re satisfied.
  10. 10. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. The more you have, the more people (including the government) come after it.
  11. 11. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them? The more you have, the more you realize it doesn’t meet your real needs.
  12. 12. The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep. The more you have, the more you have to worry about.
  13. 13. I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner. The more you have, the more you can hurt yourself with it. or wealth lost through misfortune. The more you have, the more you have to lose.
  14. 14. Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb; as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor he can carry in his hand. The more you have, the more you have to leave behind. You Can’t Take it With You
  15. 15. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21
  16. 16. • Don’t renounce treasure: relocate it. • Don’t abandon the idea of storing up treasures for yourself; put it where it’ll last. • When it comes to treasures, be smart, not stupid.
  17. 17. You can’t take it with you but... You can send it on ahead!
  18. 18. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide money belts for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted. Luke 12:32-34 Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account. Philippians 4:17
  19. 19. KEY #1 God owns everything; I’m His money manager.
  20. 20. God’s Ownership and The earth is the Lord’s, everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Psalm 24:1 The land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants. Leviticus 25:23
  21. 21. God’s Ownership The silver is mine and the gold is mine. Haggai 2:8 You are not your own; you were bought at a price. 1 Corinthians 6:19–20
  22. 22. My Stewardship I’m God’s money manager It is God who gives you the ability to produce wealth. Deuteronomy 8:18 It is required of a steward that he be found faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2
  23. 23. We will all stand before God’s judgment-seat…each of us will give an account of himself to God. Romans 14:10-12 His master said to him, ―Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.‖ Matthew 25:21
  24. 24. KEY #2 My heart always goes where I put God’s money.
  25. 25. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Not a value judgment; a simple fact. The law of vested interests: Whatever we invest in, we care about.
  26. 26. • Where we put money shows where our heart is. But it also determines where our heart goes. • Good news: the choice is yours; you can put your heart wherever you want to.
  27. 27. Don’t wait to take action until your heart’s in it. Take action so your heart will be in it. Don’t let your giving follow your heart. Give so your heart will follow your giving.
  28. 28. Your heart is NOT where: • your treasure used to be • you wish your treasure was • you hope or plan your treasure to one day be Your heart is where your treasure IS NOW
  29. 29. How do we solve a problem of hearts being in the wrong place? Give, to put them in the right place. • Ask: If I were the person God wants me to be, what would I do with God’s money? • Do it now…then watch God make you into the person He wants to be.
  30. 30. The abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep. Ecclesiastes 5:12 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21
  31. 31. KEY #3 Heaven—the New Earth—not this Earth under the Curse, is my home.
  32. 32. The greatest deterrent to giving? The illusion that: • this present world is my home • I’ll only go around once on this earth; I’ll live it up while I can • this is my only chance to live out my earthly dreams
  33. 33. But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever—yes, forever and ever. Daniel 7:18
  34. 34. No longer will there be any curse. [Not: no longer will there be any earth.] The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. Revelation 22:3
  35. 35. At the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Jesus, Matthew 19:27-28
  36. 36. ―[Christ] must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.‖ Acts 3:21
  37. 37. They were aliens and strangers on earth …looking for a country of their own… longing for a better country—a heavenly one, for he has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:13-16 Our citizenship is in heaven. Philippians 3:20 We are looking forward to a new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:13
  38. 38. Whenever I think about heaven, it makes me depressed. I’d rather cease to exist when I die. I can’t stand the thought of endless boring tedium. Heaven doesn't sound much better than hell. I’d rather be annihilated than spend eternity like that. An evangelical pastor
  39. 39. With a negative view of Heaven… who’d look forward to it? 2 Peter 3:13 Who’d set their minds on it? Colossians 3:1-2 Who’d want to store up for themselves treasures there? Matthew 6:19-21
  40. 40. Satan lies about Heaven: 1) He suppresses the central truth of God’s ultimate redemptive victory: the resurrection and the New Earth. 2) He covers up God’s coming reclamation of earth, humanity, nations and culture in the ―renewal.‖ 3) He hides the promised reversal of the curse and Messiah’s & mankind’s eternal kingdom reign.
  41. 41. KEY #4 I should live not for the dot, but for the line.
  42. 42. The Dot: The Line: Life on earth Life in heaven Moses chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. Hebrews 11:25-26
  43. 43. He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1927 – 1956 1927
  44. 44. KEY #5 Giving is the only antidote to materialism.
  45. 45. The Physics of Keeping v. Giving • Mass, Gravity, Orbit • Needed: A Shift in the center of gravity; a Copernican Revolution of Giving
  46. 46. People who want to get rich fall into People who want to getand into many temptation and a trap rich fall into temptation and a trapdesires that foolish and harmful and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and plunge men into ruin and destruction. destruction. For the love of money is aaroot of all For the love of money is root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith money, have wandered from the faithpierced themselves with many and and pierced themselves with griefs. many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:9-10
  47. 47. Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17
  48. 48. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. 1 Timothy 6:18-19
  49. 49. KEY #6 God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.
  50. 50. God’s Grace: Lightning Our Giving: Thunder
  51. 51. As thunder follows lightning, so giving follows grace. The more God’s grace grips you, the more you give. The more you give, the more God’s grace grips you.
  52. 52. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, as it is written: ―He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.‖ 2 Corinthians 8:14-15
  53. 53. It’s God’s will that we not have too much OR too little. He distributes unequally, so those with too much can give to help those with too little. When we give, we solve two problems—others having too little, and our having too much.
  54. 54. 9:10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. God gives us bread to meet our needs, and seed to plant where it will bear eternal fruit. Do you ever wonder why God prospers you financially?
  55. 55. He will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way SO THAT…______________________ you can be generous on every occasion ___________________. 2 Corinthians 9:1011
  56. 56. Test me in this [giving: not only of tithes, but freewill offerings] and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. * Malachi 3:10
  57. 57. Jesus said, ―Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap, for with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.‖ Luke 6:38
  58. 58. 8 Forit is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2
  59. 59. ….remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ―It is more blessed to give than to receive.‖ Acts 20:35 Keep remembering that our Master said, ―You’re far happier giving than getting.‖ Acts 20:35, The Message
  60. 60. 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 Stephen King
  61. 61. you trade—all that is smoke and mirrors. It’s still going to be a quarter-past getting late whether you tell the time on a Timex or a Rolex. So I want you to consider making your life one long gift to others. And why not? All you have is on loan, anyway. All that lasts is what you pass on….
  62. 62. We have the power to help this needy world. Why should we refuse? Because we’re going to take it with us? Please. A life of giving repays. ….So I ask you to begin giving, and to continue giving. I think you’ll find in the end that you got far more than you ever had, and did more good than you ever dreamed. Stephen King
  63. 63. The irony of Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Stephen King, etc.: 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.
  64. 64. The most generous Christians of my acquaintance have been always the most happy, and almost invariably the most prosperous. I have seen the liberal giver rise to wealth of which he never dreamed; and I have as often seen the mean, ungenerous churl descend to poverty by the very parsimony by which he thought to rise. Charles Spurgeon
  65. 65. Men trust good stewards with larger and larger sums, and so it frequently is with the Lord; He gives by cartloads to those who give by bushels. Where wealth is not bestowed the Lord makes the little much by the contentment which the sanctified heart feels. Charles Spurgeon
  66. 66. 2 Cor. 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. The richest person in the universe became the poorest. He took the Hell we deserve to give us the Heaven we don’t deserve. We can never outgive God.
  67. 67. • Strategic question: Five minutes after I die, what will I wish I would have given? • Strategic plan: Spend the rest of our lives closing the gap between what we’ll wish we would have given and what we are giving.
  68. 68. Why are so many Christians afraid to die?

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