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The Sermon On The Amount

Finding Grace in Generosity

David Taylor | 4.15.18

“Generosity is the new evangelism in a world that has grown tired of our words.”

- Rev. David Roseberry

Proverbs 11:25 (AMP)

The generous man [is a source of blessing and] shall be prosperous and

enriched, And he who waters will himself be watered [reaping the generosity

he has sown].

What does the word “tithe” mean anyway?

To tithe simply means to give a ______________ of your income to the Lord’s work.

Q: Why is it so hard for many people to tithe?

A: ____________________

How To Determine If Money Is Becoming Your Idol

1. Do you _______________ wealth instead of your relationship with God?

Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV) 19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

2. Do you find it difficult to give your money back to _________?

2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (NIV) 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work

3. Do you find it difficult to give to ________________?

Mark 10:17-22 (NIV) 17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’” 20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

4. Do you _____________ in money instead of God?

Luke 12:16-21 (NIV) 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

5. Do you sacrifice _____________________ to get more money?

Proverbs 11:1 (NIV) The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.

Why Should We Tithe?

1. It is ______________

Matthew 23:23/Luke 11:42 (NLT) What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law--justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.

2. Because of what it does for ________

2 Corinthians 8:9 (NIV) For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

3. Because of what it does for the ____________

Malachi 3:10a (NIV) 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.

4. Because of what it does for _______

Matthew 6:20-21 & 33 (NIV) 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

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Answers:

1. Tenth

2. Idolatry

3. Pursue

4. God

5. Others

6. Trust

7. Integrity

8. Biblical

9. God

10. Church

11. Us