a Giving Church
ouldn’t you love to see people freely obeying God in their giving? We
know that God loves a cheerful giver, but I know that many churches
would shout for joy if more of their congregation participated in this time of
worship. Why is the offering time such a sore spot for many people? Why are
churches lacking in the area of finances, and what can leaders do to overcome
obstacles so that giving churches can be developed?
A church must have the correct perception of the giving process. It is the responsibility
of the leadership to take away obstacles and misconceptions about the giving process.
When we provide the correct insight, we can expect our churches to grow and develop into
a giving church. Let’s examine some practical things that the church can provide to develop
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Provide Biblical Teaching
Many churches and individuals are
suffering from a lack of knowledge. God
wants the opportunity to supernaturally
bless and favor us, and He is looking for
us to do our part. When leaders teach to
give biblically, we will see the sowing
and reaping principle in action.
Galatians 6:7 states that God will
not be mocked. We will reap
what we sow. It is amazing
how many folks expect to
reap where they haven’t
sown. They are
waiting for God
to make the
He has promised
seedtime and harvest.
Genesis 8:22 states that as long as
time exists, the principle of seedtime
and harvest will exist! When our people
develop a sowing mentality, the reaping
is just a “season” away. We do not hurt
God’s feelings, nor is it more “spiritual”
to sow without expecting God to do His
part. In a way, this is mocking God. It is
belittling His commitment to His Word
and His promises.
When we sow, we will reap. People
need to be continually reminded of this
so that this harvest can be unselfishly
used to enlarge His Kingdom. God will
be true to His Word, and, many times,
blessing you is just a by-product of that.
This perception should allow us to
give cheerfully. In 2 Corinthians 9:6–8,
it says that we are to give cheerfully. It
says that if we sow bountifully, we will
Many of us were taught from an early
age to look forward to the offering
time. Whether by parents, pastors, or
teachers, we learned this was an act
of worship. We must remember that
even though this is true, there could be
a new crop of Christians and potential
givers who must learn this. Even though
it seems repetitious, we must constantly
teach and train disciples in the area
of giving. Otherwise, they will have a
misconception about giving, and they
will give grudgingly or out of necessity.
God does not need our seed;
however, we need to give so that He
can make all grace abound toward
us as this scripture indicates. Simply
put, God desires to bless us. In fact,
when someone gets ready to join a
congregation, this is a great time to
instruct them on the blessing and
responsibility of giving. Learning in a
membership class would prepare them
to give cheerfully and not grudgingly or
out of necessity.
We should also understand the benefit
of giving sacrificially. When a farmer
wants a good harvest, he will plant his
best seed. He makes a commitment to
his harvest by taking the best of his crop
and reserving it to plant the next season.
If he were to eat the best seed and plant
inferior seed, he would enjoy a great
meal this season, but his future dining
experience would suffer.
This is the idea behind sacrificial
giving. If we are to develop giving
churches, we must learn to give our best
seed to God. Unless you experience
sacrifice, you have not given your best
seed. Sometimes, it is not what you
give; it is what you have left that will
determine the value of your seed.
If anyone can be trusted with this
sacrificial seed, it is the Lord. In fact,
one of our older saints sings the praises
of the character of God. He says, “God
is an honest God. . . . If you give Him
too much, He will give you some
back” (Tom Evatt). Try doing that with
a cashier at the supermarket. Doesn’t
God deserve first choice at our seed?
Hasn’t He proven His dependability
during the years?
Realizing that God is the ultimate
money manager, this should encourage
us to give liberally. Luke 6:38 gives the
promise that if we give, it will be given
back to us, pressed down, shaken
together, and running over.
Now, I know that many of us are too
“spiritual” to admit that we like it when
God blesses us. This passage in Luke
alludes to the mantles the Jews wore into
which a large quantity of grain might be
received. The cloak was tied off at the
waist, and this could be used as a storage
device. Can you picture the scene as a
good measure or a full and generous
measure of grain was poured in the cloak
to the point that it was running over?
Proper giving causes some shaking
to occur. It is like the disclaimer on
the cereal box that says that contents
may settle in shipment. When we give
properly, it is shaken together, filling all
corners, filling every void. Praise God!
There is no lack. He will take care of us
to the point that it will be running over,
overflowing the capacity of the vessel.
And this not only comes from God, but
He will use others because the Scripture
plainly states, “. . . men [will] give
unto your bosom . . .” (Luke 6:38). Your
mantle will run over. For that reason, we
need to teach people to enlarge their
measure and their mantle.
What measure are you using?
Easley, South Carolina
Pastor White serves with his wife,
Sherri, as Senior Pastors at College
Park Worship Center in Greenville,
South Carolina. He is a graduate of
Tomlinson College and Clemson
University, but, above all, he credits
much that he has learned to his
mentors and partners in ministry
during the years. Their passion is to
see leaders and laity develop into
whom God has called them to be in
the areas of financial stewardship,
leadership development, and worship.
(Look for Part 2 in next month’s issue.)
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