Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Without Martha, Mary wouldn't have an encounter with Jesus. Martha invites Jesus into her home. If it wasn't for Martha's courage to invite Jesus, Mary would not meet with Jesus.
Without a church in this community, people will never encounter the love of God.
Generations Youth plug. Energy. Without a youth group, young people will never know the love of God.
Without the breakfast club.
(If you're on facebook right now, get off your phone!)
All of those things matter, create a place and an atmosphere where people can encounter Jesus.
Our giving causes that to happen.
Recap: Acts 17:26. God determined the pre appointed times (seasons) and the boundaries of their dwellings. We could've been born in the 1800's, but God knew your time and place, that's why he put you here in this place. God has determined everything about your life.
So tithing is a matter of trust, not of obligation.
Lev 27, Heb 8:7 (melkizideck receives the offering), Gen, Psalm 24, 50 (every beast is yours), 89, 1Chr 29:10
We have given what we have given, but it is from God anyway. Everything is God's. He wants it first. Never second.
Get how big God is, so we can trust him. You won't struggle with finances, generosity.
Steward is one who is charged with the responsibility of managing what's given to him by the owner.
Tithing example. The church is the bride of Christ. Everything is God's but he entrusts us with stuff.
Malachi - bring the full amount of the tithes into the storehouse, so that God can open the windows of heaven.
If we are faithful, God will bless us even more. If God can trust us with little, then he will trust us with much.
Luke 16:9,10. When I have another car, then I will give one away. The thing about faith, is that it doesn't work like that.
Give out of obedience, not out of abundance.
Without our giving, we don't have a building. Taking ground, planting the flag.
Matt 25:34-40. The day we have to give an account of how good stewards we were.
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38Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. (KJV)
26And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; (KJV)
9And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 10He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. (KJV)
34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (KJV)