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The Grace of Giving

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July 8, 2021 8:00 am

The Grace of Giving

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July 8, 2021 8:00 am

Dr. James Boice explains his 'formula for great giving.' The three elements of this formula include a trial, poverty, and joy. Using an example from 2 Corinthians, we'll see how a severe trial, extreme poverty, and overflowing joy welled up into rich generosity and "The Grace of Giving.

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Today on the Bible study our Dr. James Boyce explains his formula for great giving live three elements of this formula include a trial poverty and joy using an example from second Corinthians will see how a severe trial of extreme poverty and overflowing joy welled up into rich generosity and the grace of giving to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boyce preparing you to think and act quickly.

It's easy to live for ourselves. Despite the needs of the church and the world around us instead of giving to ourselves. Dr. Boyce teaches us how to give ourselves wholeheartedly to God and to find the joy of giving them quite a few months now that we've been studying this great theological theme of grace, probably the greatest single theological theme in all the Bible and think back over the studies you know that we have done it in a variety of ways. We began looking at it in the Old Testament we saw how special way. Grace came with Jesus Christ and explore the meaning of the gospel and how God saves us by grace and power to live by grace now in the number of studies of the more practical nature. We've seen how Grace is doing.

Use every area of our lives so that if we are going through particular trials we are able to live through those trials by God's grace we saw in the matter of prayer were invited to come to the throne of grace. Now we have another one of those practical subjects and that's the subjective giving which I mean giving money specifically to support Christian causes many people will be surprised to have that described as a grace we think about courses joy at times certainly is a duty to refer to it as a grace seem surprising passage from second Corinthians 8 uses the word that way does it in two places.

In verse one, you know about the grace that God is given the Macedonian churches that was grace by which they were generous with their money and then you find in verse seven, the same sort of thing where the actual phrase occurs.

See that you also excel in this grace of giving me take just a moment to explain the ways in which I intend that title are actually three things that I mean by those words, the grace of giving. First of all I mean the giving is a privilege given to Christians by God.

One way in which we are able to share in support his work and although God does not need us and could do without us. Sometimes I think he would be better off without us.

Nevertheless, it is a privilege that he gets to share in his work. That's the first thing I mean the second thing I mean is that we have a disposition to support spiritual causes of her Christians, and that itself is a grace gift is what at first verse means the grace God has given Macedonian churches, God gave them my capacity to want to give so that's the second thing I mean.

The third thing I mean is that our giving is a grateful response on our part of the great gift God has given us when we think about giving. We really should think about it in those terms. Now each of those three ideas lies behind the eighth and ninth chapters of second Corinthians, this is the most extensive treatment in the New Testament at least of the subject of giving and it's elaborated throughout these two chapters we have introduced in the first letter but here Paul pursues it at some length as he gets toward the end of this one you see the word grace appearing in the context throughout already shown you to the verses in which that occurs chapter 8 verse one we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches in your find it in verse eight.

You also excel in this grace of giving and also because in the chapter, Paul is going to speak about Jesus Christ and his gift of himself and possibly find the word used of Jesus. You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ ago. He was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might be rich first line of that chapter and the end of the ninth chapter all speaks in the same way of the surpassing grace that God is given you by which he means God's gift of Jesus Christ be our Savior. So there you have the same word used of the gift of Jesus Christ. A model for our giving. Finally, in the middle of that ninth chapter you have it again God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that all things at all times, having all that you need.

You may abound in every good work. What he means by that is that when we have sufficient as we do.

We, ourselves content with what God has provided us. We will if we are close to him. Then we will be generous as we get other people as a background of these two chapters and is helpful to have it in mind as briefly as we proceed. Family had come to the far end of the Mediterranean Sea, embracing the lands that we know is Palestine and the churches of Palestine were having a hard time people are without sufficient food word came to Paul. Paul is not in that area of the world at the time he been traveling throughout Asia minor and Macedonian Greece planning churches, but when news came to him of this famine in Jerusalem and its environs. C conceived the idea of taking an offering from the Gentile churches to support the church that existed in Jerusalem and its time of need and what he thought of it was this the gospel is come to the Gentiles from Judaism Gentiles have been enriched by what they have to offer are now in their hour of need. The Gentiles who have an abundance of this world's goods, money ought to be able to take up a collection and send them so we began to take out the collection as far as we can tell he began in Galatia province, a Roman province in what we call Turkey Asia minor and carried it on when he got to Macedonia across the water and then he finally introduced it also and caught this relatively prosperous city lay on the isthmus between the upper portion of Greece dominated by Athens of the lower portion of Greece was dominated by Sparta on the problem was that when he announced that there at least intimated that the need existed. The Corinthians, responded right away. I said well we ought to be able to help out that we want to take up a collection to help those who were starving in Jerusalem and I made some sort of the beginning but they just didn't follow through on it very well.

It's like people who filled out faith promise cards or make pledges to a particular project like really intended to do well responded that the beginning and the generous way but they hadn't really come through with the collection so Paul sent Titus is a man work very closely with him.

One of his faithful companions along with two unnamed brothers receive this offering and in the second letter. Second Corinthians is writing to Christians at Corinth to encourage them to finish up what they had begun what seemed to be a very generous frame of mind anyone is ever trying to get someone to give the religious or charitable causes, knows how difficult that can be and so you immediately when asked the question. Well, how did Paul do that. How did he try to motivate these people said they would gather meant well, but the word actually doing it is very interesting as you read these chapters that he doesn't nag her scold or beg or plead any of the things we might be inclined to go but that doesn't mean that he doesn't get some very direct motivation. Look it over closely you'll find them appealing to the need for personal consecration on the part of the Corinthians. Example of Christ, love and grace of God for us, and perhaps even a little bit of a kind of proper pride that is pride at least living up to what they said they would do and maybe even self interest.

Now his chief means of doing that is by example in the first example he gives is a example of the churches of Macedonia that's even further northern part of Greece is where Philip of Macedon came from Alexander the great descended from him and so at one time it was a prosperous area, but at this time. It was very poor.

Nellie had been generous.

We know that the Christians of Macedonia had been generous of the Paul isn't just saying this for the benefit of the Corinthians, because we have letters that he wrote to churches that were in Macedonia. Micah city of Macedonia on the coast. Salonika today and we have those Thessalonica letters. Lenny wrote to the church at Philippi. Also in Macedonia in a very generous church and when we begin to put that together we find that the Christians up there at given to his support as he traveled to help him in his ministry at least four times the end of Philippians C thanks them for what they've done. Some people have said well that's what Philippians really is, after all, it's a thank you letter for the gifts that those Macedonian Christians sent he says in the 15th and 16th verse of that chapter. When I set out for Macedonia. That is when I left you and went on with my missionary work. Not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving. Except you only when I was in Thessalonica that is came down from Philippi to the coast you sent me aid again and again when I was in the well that means that a given at least four times, once when he started out twice when he was in Thessalonica. The fourth time when he was in Rome which is where that letter is being written from and we know from second Corinthians 11 nine the Macedonians also gave at least once a baby more than once when he was a Corinth area have a very generous church we know it was generous because of the thank you notes and that's a churches appealing to when he urges the church at Corinth to be generous yet as I said they were poor churches, very poor area of the world you say I when the world wasn't that Mary of the world was as poor as that would be as generous as these Christians were well Paul explains it here at night. Think there is some great teaching about giving birth to is perhaps the most important thing I call it God's formula for great giving because what it says is this out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity at the formulas has three elements, says is a trial severe one at that. Is joy overflowing joy at back there was poverty extreme poverty of that you put the three together and have a generous church when pause as a severe trial, we have to acknowledge we don't know what that trial was invited and persecution most likely wants Christian churches were often persecuted.

Paul himself was persecuted in these places often. That's why he had to leave it be there for only a short time and then opposition would rise up and be driven out because the work was of God to Jenny remain. And that's what it happened.

Some of these places of Macedonia. So maybe what is referring to here is persecution. Maybe it's poverty that might've been the severe trial very severe trial. I think probably it was persecution rather than poverty because he mentioned poverty explicitly later. Whatever it was something really difficult for these people is not strange that should be a factor in Christian giving. We would normally think of it being the other way we would say when a person is going through some severe trial well and quite naturally his or her attention is focused on that person's trial itself was without thinking about other people and that's the way most of us are naturally that's the way it is in the world. That's not the way it is with Christians. You see when Christians go through hard times. Christians think of other people, we find ourselves Christians, not thinking of other people. One of the reasons might very well be. We have a too good too easily we get self-satisfied in our abundance and abundance our hearts trouble and we don't think of other people all you need an example of someone who was thinking of others. As a result of being in a time of severe trial. Jesus is the example Jesus was being crucified, he wasn't thinking of himself. He was thinking of other people.

He thought of the soldiers very mentally crucifying him. He said father forgive them. They do not know what they're doing it thought of his mother pointed her out to John said woman here is your son. He thought of the dying thief I tell you is that the day will be with me in paradise.

So the first element is this severe trial.

Second element in this formula is overflowing joy. I asked the questions what were the Macedonian Christians joyful about well, I suppose, were a number of things they were joyful for salvation itself course good news of the gospel. And, they were rejoicing and that and then they had discovered a new kind of communion and fellowship with one another.

That's the sort of thing that didn't exist in the pagan world.

And when it came in.

Christians began to love one another in this the been created with them by the Holy Spirit. The pagans looked on and I said behold how these Christians love one another. They were just amazed all that joy is not, and undoubtedly they had joy of Paul himself is what brought them the gospel, and they certainly had joy in the Lord, you know, when you read these letters refine Paul mentioning the joy again and again he does it to the Thessalonians in the second chapter verse 1920 and when is writing to the Philippians she speaks of their joy in Christ Jesus. In chapter 126. He urges them to always continue to rejoice in the Lord fourth chapter verse four and so on. Some commentators appoint outrightly the joy is the dominant note in the Philippian letter how one thing, joy tells us is that this giving that these Macedonian Christians have modeled was unconstrained. Straighten giving us the kind of getting you feel you have to do the kinds of constraints can be outright physical constraints or like when the government is taxing you think the government exercises. Physical constraints decide not to pay your taxes for a while you find out how they collectively freeze your bank accounts and actually go after you in other ways. There are also psychological constraints on nine people raise money that way. Often the Jewish community will do that. The big dinner and then the last people to stand up and pledge and sometimes I'll even save now brother Levi Larry get out your business did pretty well this year in not letting you going to do when that a sort of on the spot asset but something good and there's a brother over here and he says something these are pledging quite so much and they say in your business doing very good this year. You know, that's not quite in the United Jewish appeal once it more generously as a kind of psychological constraints and yet this we read about these Macedonian constraint of any form along how do we know we know because they gave joyfully give you an interesting example here, you know the name of Francis Ridley have a Gail woman wrote hymns.

I'm sure even if you don't know or name you know or hymns because there's a couplet from one take my silver and my gold not unlike what I withhold another's line The Many Many Times You Woman Actually Lived That Those Lines Are Autobiographical. She Did What She Was Describing. And We Know That Because Inner Literary Remains of the Time She Wrote Those We Find That She Sent to the Church Missionary Society in England. All Her Gold and Silver Jewelry and Including a Jewel Chest Which He Describes As Being Fit for the Compass Was Originally a Saleswoman of Some Means and She Woke to a Close Friend I'm Quoting Directly from Her Memoirs. I Don't Need to Tell You That I Never Pack the Box with Such Pleasure. You Say That's a Joy That Generous Christians Will Recognize Almost in Separate Christians in the Classes. By the Way They Regard Their Giving. You Know, of Course, All of Humanity Can Be Separated into Two Classes. There Are Those That Separates Humanity into Two Classes and Then There Are Those That Don't. And That in the Case of Christians You Can Separate Them As to Whether They Give by Joy Enjoy Much Less a Second Element Rutherford. What Is Poverty and You Say That's Even More Surprisingly, Seems Kinda Grow Supplies As We Move along We Read about Their Poverty. The Way You're Supposed Raise Money to That You Are Trying to Raise a Big Amount in Order to Do Some Great Charitable Causing a Higher Fundraising Organization, You Know, They'll Tell You about Tell You That If the Amount Has To Be Raised in Advance by Large Gifts from Private Donors. Probably Your Board Itself. Foundations Amendment.

Secondary Has To Be in the Form of Very Large Gifts so You Have Two Thirds of It That Way, and the Final Third Comes from Just Regular Giving of the Constituency Are Sometimes the Percentages Are Even More Extremely Safe 80% of the Giving Has To Be Given by 26% of the People, and so Forth of the 8020 Rule. You Know How That Goes, It Is Not the Way It Is.

Christians Are Also There's a Place for Large Gifts. People Who Have A Lot Of Means There Were Times Give Generously, Though, I Think Probably Not Very Generously in Proportion to What They Actually Have.

But There's a Place for Black People Who Can Write out a Check for $5000 $10,000 or Whatever It May Be, but Generally in Christian Circles, the Giving Really Comes from Very Normal People from Time Ago I Came across Very Interesting Statistics That Show the Giving among the Poor Is Really Remarkable about These Are Not Just Christian Statistics.

These Are Statistics That Have To Do with Charitable Causes of Any Sort All the People Who Live below the Poverty Level Give a Very High Percentage of What They Actually Have the Charitable Causes of around 5%. Somewhere in There That People Perhaps Are Earning below $15,000 or Something like That Happened between That Figure in 100,000 More Or Less Embracing All of the Middle Class. That Percentage Goes up Just a Little Bit Goes from 5 to 6 or Seven Something like That and Then for People Who Earn above the Hundred Thousand from There on the Topic Dropped Precipitously.

Those People Only Get about 2% Met Interest yet. I'm Sure Those People and They Give Their 2%, Which Is Perhaps a Relatively Large Amount Considering What It's 2% Optic Think of Themselves As Very Very Generous and yet You Say Most of the Giving Really Come from People Who Don't Have A Lot While Macedonians Were Poor All Says They Were in Extreme Poverty, and Therefore the Giving Must've Been Very Very Sacrificial Is All Great Giving Is Allergies a Story about My Poor Widow Standing by the Treasury, and He Saw Everybody Going in. There Was a Box There the Collective and Was Made but Also through Your Metal Coins in a Rattled Allotment. You Have A Lot a Great Big Platter When You Went in Every Bite Looked around As He Was Getting All That Money and He Was Watching All of the Porton People Go in There Came along without Doing She Had Only Two Months to Little Tiny Coins Was the Smallest Going There Was Very Carefully.

She Put the Baby Jesus Pointed Her out.

He Said That Woman Gave More Than All of Because She Put in All She Had to Get Out Of Their Abundance, but You Gave All She Had to Say.

Well Which Is Sorrowful When She Did It at All. I Was the Happiest Woman in the Temple That Day Because She'd Given Everything She Had the Lord Give You Another Example. You Know the Name of Gordon English Generally Was a Godly Man and He Attributed All of His Military Success for God When He Retired the British Government Wanted to Honor Him and Wanted to Get Them on a Titles of All Alacrity Declined at All.

He Wouldn't Take Any Money and He Wouldn't Take Any Titles. The Only Thing He Really Did Accept Was a Gold Medal and Inscribed with a Record of His 33 Military Campaign Was Really a Very Nice Thing. Treasury Was Way the Country Had of Thanking Him for What He Did Well after His Death.

I Couldn't Find the Metal Know Where It Wants and Eventually It Was Discovered That He Had Sent It. The City of Manchester during a Severe Famine so It Could Be Melted down and the Gold Used by Food for Those Who Were Starving in His Diary under the Date on Which He Had Mailed the Metal. There Were These Words, the Last Earthly Thing I Had in This World That I Valued I Have Given the Lord Jesus Christ. Well, the Combination of Circumstances of That Formula Your Trial Overflowing Joy, Extreme Poverty Welled up in Rich Generosity That Characterize This Man As Well.

Verse Five. In This Chapter Adds a Further Explanation of This Remarkable Giving of the Macedonian Churches Says This and They Did Not Do As We Expected, but They Gave Themselves First to the Lord and Then to Us in Keeping with God's Will Reason I Call This a Further Explanation of This Remarkable Giving of These Poor Churches, As It Were All Very Well Aware That Being Poor Doesn't in Itself Make You Generous.

By and Large, As I Pointed out, Poor People Proportionately More Generous Than Others Way More Generous Than Those Who Have Lots of Money, but Not All Poor People Are Generous Others, When the One Correlation Here in the Case of These Poor Macedonian Churches, There Is That! Paul Says Is This a Gave Themselves to the Lord. First of All, They Belong to Him. And Then Secondly Because I Blog Him a Also Gave Themselves the Awesome Are Generous with Us While You Think It Would Go without Saying Wouldn't Show That Persons of First of All, Give of Themselves to the Lord Is Everything in the Christian Life Is Involved with That in One Way or Another. That's Why We Start Means to Become a Christian. It Will Be, Following Jesus Christ for Following Jesus Christ. We Have Given Them Are All in It. It Has To Do with the Living of the Christian Life Because Discipleship Involves Step-By-Step Obedience Following throughout the Whole of Our Lives. And It Certainly Is Characteristic of the End Because Jesus Said Those Who Persevere to the End of the Path. Discipleship or Say That You See Christians Are Not Always Those Who Do That in an Exemplary Way Sometime Ago I Heard Somebody Commenting on What's Required of the Board Member of the Organization to Be a Board Member Being Worthwhile Board Member. You Have To Be Able to Get One of Three Things Man's That Either You Have To Give Time to Give Calendar You Have To Give Wealth Balance for the Good Wisdom That's What You Look for on the Board but You See What Paul Is Saying Is That in the Case of Christian Giving Christians of First of All, Given Everything They Have Everything They Are to Jesus As above.

That's Why so Few Christians Really Know What It Is to Be Generous with Their Money Are Living for Themselves. Therefore They're Using the Money for Themselves and Never Given Themselves to God Wholeheartedly, and Therefore They Really Don't Know the Joy of Giving Really like Jacob. He's My Favorite Illustration of This Matter and Giving Because Jacob Was in a Tough Spot Once and He Tried to Bargain by Giving Away Things You Know the Story. He Had to Run Away from His Brother Esau, Because He Cheated Them. Esau Was a Big Strong Man.

Jacob Wasn't Them. Esau Said He Was Going to Kill Jacob, but He Was Just Smart Enough to Take His Brother Seriously. Specially When His Mother Told Him You Better Go. I Think He Means It. And so Jacob Hightailed It off across the Desert. He Ended up with Laban's Uncle. He Lived There and He Ended up Living There for 20 Years, Two Women He Had A Lot Of Children Negro Riches Got Prospered and Was a Shepherd and As He Grew to the End of Those Two Decades of Separation from Home and the Family Thought Well Maybe It's Time for Me to Go Back.

Also He Was Having A Lot Of Trouble with Laban and so He, Slipped off 1 Day Made His Way across the desert eventually came to a little brought up the name of the book was the job of and on the other side of it was Esau's territory now when he was living out in the far side of the desert with Laban.

Esau was way off of the other side of the job the desert. He more or less forgot about Esau only asked, of course, Dan Rather as his name was Esau. I think, but then think about it very much, but as he got closer and closer to his country name Esau Rising in his mind and he was saying to himself all.

Yes, Esau last time I saw him he was sure angry and I remember what he said.

That was not what he said is that I'll get you that and he said well you know maybe it's not quite safe for me to go back so he did the smart thing, I suppose he undeservedly set the servant off ahead of them across the plains to find Esau to tell you so I was coming to find out whether Esau thought I was good news or bad there's going to be that it was good that is what he intended to do about the servant came back.

Jacob said to him, did you find Esau. Yes, he said I found and I was a well one thing he knows you're coming. He heard is that means he had out spines. Imagine having spies for 20 years. Jacob is coming back well yes and what else well is a lot of talk is coming to meet you yes what else he has 400 armed men with them was alarming.

Jacob was just a Shepherd, is that a few servings wives and children, all the animals scared when Esau was coming to kill him and so right away and asked what decision he sent a separate everything into two parts. Half of it over here have of over there. These outcomes of the attacks, one on the left, the one on the right of got away next one on the right everybody on the left getaway that he thought 15 on the left is always that I better devise a better plan the mat so you read about it in Genesis very accurately described as wonderfully. So what I really need to do is appease them, send them a present that's what I'll do. I I got 200 female goats here and I will do is send them the female goats and they needed a servant to herd the goats and so we got that serving together. He said now you go with those goats and that when you come to Esau. Here's what you say even say to you, to whom you belong and where you going and who owns all these animals in front of you and then you are to say this. They belong to your servant Jacob.

They are a gift to my Lord Esau, and he is coming behind us. So off went goats. Many looked around and had 20 male goats said I better send them to what good are female goats without male goats, so he set off the male goats in the center servant with them and he gave the servant that was with a male goats exactly the same command when you get to Esau.

I say who are you, where you going you say well I'm the servant of your brother, Jacob, and he is your servant, and these animals are a gift you and then he looked at what else he had the 200 use so he said I'll send them with servant and he sent 20 Rams, and after that he sent 30 female camels with their young. Many set off 40 cows, all separate branches. Now this is gets to be hilarious. And then 10 balls within 20 female donkeys and then 10 male donkeys, and each of them was attended by a servant about exactly the same as all of his possessions were going off their cross-complaint were Esau will bunches like pearls on a string beads on a string and then Mary was standing there and he had his two wives and all the children and he was thinking he was saying well I guess we need to divvy up here and Lelia and I was the least favored wife. He, like Rachel a lot better and so he said Leah you go next and that you take your children and you start out there and then they finally got there was only Rachel and one child diamond that I said to Rachel, it's been swell but now it's time for you to go and so he sent her off and finally there was the job River and there was Jacob and he was all alone by himself. Everything was gone and he was trembling know the story. That night God sent his angel to wrestle with them and brought them to the point of personal submission.

He actually surrendered himself God, you and I like him. I suppose if Jacob had known the him that we sing while he was standing there in the job like watching everything go away probably was singing at the end you probably know the words of the same because you've sign that it does I surrender all what he was saying was that I surrender all the goats and I surrender all the sheep and all the All the cows multiples all the donkeys I even surrender my wife and children, but he had not surrendered himself say and that's why the angel had to come and wrestle with them. Maybe Angel needs to wrestle with you.

Maybe God has been pressing his claims upon you and what you Adonis said well I'll give a few goats see if he's happy with that. So when the collection is taken you goats then your trouble saying you say maybe I doesn't quite satisfy Ghana given the bills as well and and when he presses a little bit. Well, I'll throw in a few camels see what God really wants is you because of you has you as everything you use it as he wants to use it and who use it to bring glory to his name. There is no substitute for giving yourself to the Lord, and you will never know the grace of giving or any other grace in the Christian life must you do with these Macedonians.also, why were they so generous as the formulae but reason why they were that generous is that I have. First of all, given themselves to the Lord and then exit. Secondly, I also himself sauce that's really easy to add is that you say because if you given yourself to the lead argument is easy to get yourself other people. All those in need fellow Christians. Any any body really has a genuine need and especially those who have a spiritual need, because after all it is for them that Jesus Christ gave himself you've given yourself to Jesus Christ. The most natural thing in the world to give for them as well.

That's what these Christians of Macedonia.

And of course brings second great example of this chapter and it's example of Jesus Christ say Paul writes about in verse nine, when he says 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 are four stages of that verse states number one Christ riches or the incarnation when it was in the presence of the father in heaven. Jesus was rich with all the riches of the Godhead.

Everything in heaven and earth as his number two Christ poverty related all assigned in order to become a man die on the cross for our salvation. Paul even describes in classic language what is writing to the Philippian being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but he made himself nothing, making the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross is what Jesus did from the most extensive riches of the lowest possible emplacement in his poverty in order that you might be rich. That's the third stage is seek the third stages are poverty, we have nothing of any spiritual value offer is Christ, the father, Jesus did that for us in order that we might have it all. Stage for our riches. Shouldn't that example Jesus Christ gave so richly for us, move us to be generous with other people. I heard of a man. It was on a pulpit committee seeking a new minister that he didn't understand this. All they set them listen to a possible candidate. They were considering preaching the website in the back of the church when he came back rest of the pulpit committee asking for a preliminary report said well, and I had a few good things to say but I wouldn't recommend amazing what you mean. Tell us about it while he say he preach the sermon on giving and it had three points in the first point was earn all you can. The second point was save all you can in the third point was give all you can first two points were all right, but the third would ruin that all a lot of Christians that think that way. To say that is not the way we will think we first given ourselves to Jesus Christ right giving is motivated by the cross of Christ. Early in the 19th century there was a King of Prussia's name was King Frederick William III was carrying on expensive wars was unable to finance them adequately, so he hit upon a rather clever idea. The ants, the women of Prussia to bring all the gold and silver jewelry gold and silver items from their households to be melted down in order to be able to buy war in exchange for these items of gold and silver were given he made a mental note was made of iron. It was in the form of a cross, and it bore the inscription I gave gold for iron 1813 became immensely popular and successful.

Everybody wanted to be able to wear the declaration so the gold and silver poured in it even became fashionable for a while for women to wear no jewelry they were across and I was the origin of the order of the iron Cross said highest award that since been given and the German republics over the years, members who wear that declaration of a will or any other declaration because that plane. Iron Cross is supposed to represent all now what I'm saying is that we need a generation of people who have become members of the order of the cross of Jesus Christ employed to him and say he was rich, but he became poor for me I had nothing because he became poor for me. I now have everything and so everything I am. I have an possessor hope to possess belongs to him for his service and as a result of that when needs arise as people are going to be generous Bible, people point inside look at that rich generosity of those people and they'll glorify Jesus Christ and the father because of you. Father, we thank you for this teaching a practical subject recognize that is often a hard thing speak of mountain. Perhaps more difficult to hear because we tend to think of our possessions, something we have earned and therefore belonging to us, something that we should hang onto her own safety or security. All costs and so we become less than we should be as your people are father, help us to repent of see the need around us. Use the resources that you given to us generously about all do it because we love you and we are first of all, given ourselves to you prayer Jesus you are listening to Bible study hours with the Bible teaching of Dr. James Boyce listener supported ministry of the alliance of confessing Evangelicals. The alliance exists to promote a biblical understanding and worldview.

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