Thank You

II Corinthians 9:6-11

Ray Boltz wrote a song that says "Thank you, for giving to the Lord. I am a life that was changed." The idea behind the song is that people are brought to the Lord through the generosity of others. He talks about those who will give of themselves to teach others, and those who will give that others might go around the world with the gospel message.

That's what I want to talk about in this evening. We have several examples recorded in the New Testament of those who truly knew the meaning of Christian giving.

One good example would be the church in Jerusalem, who had all things common, or those in Macedonia who gave above their means despite their poverty. There are also numerous individual examples such as Barnabas and Dorcas. Most people have not been taught to give properly, too many give sparingly and begrudgingly.

I. Our Giving Should Be Properly Motivated.

II. Our Giving Produces Glory To God.

III. Our Giving Makes An Eternal Difference

This congregation already gives very well, but we all need to be challenged to consider our own giving, to be certain that we are giving as we have prospered, and doing so as a cheerful giver. To a great extent, what kind of givers we are depends upon what kind of recipients we are! Unless we receive the grace of God in our lives, we will be unlikely to give gracefully to others. Tonight if you have never received Christ, come now. If you know Christ, but you have not been obedient in the area of giving, come now.