The Problem in All of Us

Avoiding Sloppy Worship

Malachi 3: 7-12

The ROOT of the Problem

  1. Failure to TRUST God
  2. FAILURE to Obey God
  3. Failure to focus on ETERNITYActs 7: 51-53
  4. Why do we regularly fail to trust and obey God?  We love the world and the things that belong to the world- we lose eternal perspective. 1 John 2: 15-17; 2 Corinthians 4: 18

The FRUIT of the Problem

  1. We keep what BELONGS to God
    1. The high cost of DISOBEDIENCE – Deuteronomy 28: 15-19
  2. The TITHE belongs to the Lord – Leviticus 27: 30-32

The SOLUTION to the Problem

  1. OBEY God
  2. TRUST God

Biblical Principles of Giving:

  1. EVERYTHING we have belongs to God – Psalm 24: 1-2, 50: 10-12
  2. God gives us the ABILITY to earn a living – Deuteronomy 8: 16-18
  3. God commands us to HONOR Him with our possessions – Proverbs 3: 9-10
  4. God delights in GENEROUS giving – Proverbs 11: 24; 2 Corinthians 8: 1-5; Luke 21: 1-4
  5. God delights in CHEERFUL giving – 2 Corinthians 9: 6-7
  6. God will use our gifts for His GLORY among the nations – 2 Corinthians 9: 11-13

Conclusion:

  1. We give God’s tithe and our offering as a TANGIBLE expression of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – 2 Corinthians 8: 7-9
  2. Our GIVING or lack of giving reveals our understanding or lack of UNDERSTANDING of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  3. Giving back to God a small portion of what He has given us is a  issue not a monetary issue

 

 

Matt Wethington