The Blessing of Giving

Sunday, February 25, 2018 ()

Bible Text: Acts 20:32-35 | Series:

The Blessing of Giving

Acts 20:32–35

A paradox of Christian living is that there is a greater blessing in giving than in receiving. This is contrary to human logic and human nature.

  1. The apostle Paul left us an example of sacrificial service - 32–35
    1. Money or earthly treasures was not Paul’s motivation.
    2. Personal status was not Paul’s motivation.
    3. Paul did not take from others. Paul provided for his own way.
    4. Paul gave to brothers and sisters in need.
    5. Paul put the words of Jesus into action. He gave all of himself to the church and then gave all of the church to the Lord - 1 Thessalonians 2:8 So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.
  1. How can we put the words of Jesus into action?
    1. We can give financially - Ephesians 4:28
    2. We can give love - 1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "LOVE WILL COVER A MULTITUDE OF SINS."
    3. We can give mercy and grace - Luke 6:37–38
    4. We can give forgiveness - Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. 
    5. We can give first place to others - Romans 12:10
    6. We can give ourselves in serving others - 1 John 3:16–18

The Lord Jesus pronounces a blessing on giving.

Jesus promises that when we give to others He will bestow His favor and a happiness that brings satisfaction and meaning to life.

Brother and sister let’s give it all away for the Lord Jesus.

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