WHO WE ARE: A PEOPLE ON MISSION
Part 4 – How Do We Participate?
August 26, 2018
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor
A. Participators will always grow further and deeper than observers / auditors every time.
B. 1 Timothy 6:18-19 Tell them to use their money to do good . . . 19 By doing this they will be storing up real treasure for themselves in heaven – it is the only safe investment for eternity! (LB)
C. John 6:5-13 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” 8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
1. WHEN WE GIVE TO GOD, WE HONOR HIM.
A. He honored Jesus by trusting Him with what he had.
B. The challenge of the moment is not Jesus’ ability to multiply. Rather, it is whether we will be willing to trust Him to meet our need.
C. God knows that our hearts are connected to our treasure.
Matthew 6:19-21 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Jesus)
D. The Biblical standard is to give the first 10%, a tithe, of our income to the ongoing work of God in your church called the budget.
2. WHEN WE GIVE TO JESUS, WE HELP OTHERS.
Alone you can make an impact, but together, through God’s Spirit, we can change our world!
3. WHEN WE GIVE, WE ARE BLESSED.
A. Haggai 1:2-6 This is what the Lord Almighty says: These people say, the time has not yet come for the LORD’s house to be built. 3 Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: 4 Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses while this house remains a ruin? 5 Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: Give careful thought to your ways. 6 You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.
B. The people were living a self-first life style instead of a God first life style.
C. The consequences of living a self-first lifestyle are that we exclude God from supernatural involvement in our finances.
Action Steps for this week …
° As I give financially to my church I will do it to demonstrate my honor and love for God.
° As I give I will do it to help others through my church.
° As I give I will open my heart for God to bless me back.