Sermon Notes and Recordings

The Discipleship of Giving

Introduction

The theme “the discipleship of giving” is not new to most of us. Number of sermons has been preached already on this subject. However this sermon is going to be slightly different to the ones that you have heard already and may challenge to evaluate the whole issue afresh. To achieve this I will have to look at various portions of Scripture which means this sermon is not going to be a straight forward exposition. In preparing this sermon I am indebted to Mr. David A. Croteau’s doctoral dissertation on the Biblical theology of giving.

This sermon has five points.

1. Most Christian Don’t Pay Tithes

2. Why Christians Should Not Pay Tithes?

3. What I am Saying and Not Saying?

4. What is the Basis of Our Giving Today?

5. How We Should Give?

Summary and application

1. Tithing is not the model to follow. Those who are convinced on tithing should go all the way, that is paying 23 1/3 %.

2. We looked at two positive teaching from the Gospel of Mark and 2nd Corinthians and came to the following conclusions.

- All what we have belongs to God.

- Only those who trust God for their sustenance give liberally. So in giving our faith matters.

- Relationships play a key role in giving. It helps to determine before the Lord how much to give and how often. This is why you should pay attention to the announcement made in the church because the announcements give information on relationship. It also provides the people God with creative ways to give. For example Old Testament gives us a number of examples to follow such as the harvest left to the poor.

3. We also spoke about the methods to follow. Giving should be regularly, proportionately and it is the obligation of everyone.

This was recorded on 02nd of Sept, 2012

Preached by Pas. Benet Surendran in English

Translated in Tamil by Arulchelvan

Translated in Sinhala by Pas. Ajit Perera

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