Giving and Receiving
A Biblical basis for the support of the ministry
The Tythe for today
Paul on Giving
The support of the local church and ministers
God’s idea on partnership
I wanted to find our for myself the biblical basis for the support of the ministry, the tythe and giving and the support for evangelists and para church ministries.
The lord has been leading me to blog on revival and I began tosee in wales the need for sowing seed for revival.asa preparation for a move of the Lord in our land. The need fora SEED FAITH PROJECT where there was a concerted and deliberate move o the lives of pastors and leaders toward revival and an awakening in our land.
Paul on Seed Faith
and God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to share.” (1 Timothy 6:17-18)
“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (Corinthians 9:10-11).
so that you
The MOFFATT translation on 2 Corinthians 9:5-11. ‘That is why I have thought it necessary to ask these brothers to go on in advance and get your promised contribution ready in good time. I want it to be forthcoming as a generous gift, not as money wrung out of you. 6 Mark this: he who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and he who sows generously will reap a generous harvest. 7 Everyone is to give what he has made up his mind to give; there is to be no grudging or compulsion about it, for God loves the giver who gives cheerfully. 8 God is able to bless you with ample means, so that you may always have quite enough for any emergency of your own and ample besides for any kind act to others; 9 as it is written, He scatters his gifts to the poor broadcast, his charity lasts for ever. 10 He who furnishes the sower with seed and with bread to eat will supply seed for you and multiply it; he will increase the crop of your charities — 11 you will be enriched on all hands, so that you can be generous on all occasions, and your generosity, of which I am the agent, will make men give thanks to God;’
for the service rendered by this fund does more than supply the wants of the saints, it overflows with many a cry of thanks to God. 13 This service shows what you are, it makes men praise God for the way you have come under the gospel of Christ which you confess, and for the generosity of your contributions to themselves and to all; 14 they are drawn to you and pray for you, on account of the surpassing grace which God has shown to you. 15 Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift!
2 Corinthians 9:5;1-11 MOFFATT
“But since you excel in everything – in face, in speech, in knowledge, incomplete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you – see that you also excel in this grace of giving. I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others.” (2 Corinthians 8:7) MOFFATT
Now, brothers, I have to tell you about the grace God has given to the churches of Macedonia. 2 Amid a severe ordeal of trouble, their overflowing joy and their deep poverty together have poured out a flood of rich generosity; 3 I can testify that up to their means, aye and beyond their means, they have given — 4 begging me of their own accord, most urgently, for the favour of contributing to the support of the saints. 5 They have done more than I expected; they gave themselves to the Lord, to begin with, and then (for so God willed it) they put themselves at my disposal. (2 Corinthians 8:1-5).MOFFATT
Some folks stick to ten percent and never go any further.
The tythe is ten percent, here the saints gave ‘more than expected.’ tything is a minimum but that is a legal amount what is man gives form his heart? what id man gave accordingly as God has blessed him. is it not the case that man should now give not out of necessity (the law) but according as God has blessed him. whatever the situation demands for is not ones money all the Lords anyway
…besides, he has been appointed by the churches to travel with me on the business of administering this fund to the glory of the Lord. (2 Cor 8:19).
And that he was chosen by the churches to go along with Paul and Titus, to carry the charity of other churches to the distressed Christians in Judea; (Matthew Pooles Commentary). Those who were suffering in famine at this time.
With this grace.— Margin, “Gift;” see 2 Corinthians 8:1. The word is used, as in 2Corinthians 8:4; 2Corinthians 8:6-7, as we familiarly use the word “charity,” for the liberality which was the result of the grace. (KJV). The act of giving by the church shows the world true benevolence. no one gives as much as the church.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for ask the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Galatians 6:9-10)
a partnership is a strategy God uses to fulfill his ministry on Earth god partners with people and it is through the principle of partnership we can see a harvest we partner with people and people partner with people this is how the work of God moved forward god came invisible flesh so that folks would know him god to day partners with people in order to do a work here on Earth God says I have spirit but I don’t have flesh but you have flesh but don’t have spirit so partnership so God comes into partnership with us to give us what we don’t have a partnership enables us to have what God really wants us to have god sees partnership as wholly partnership is God’s idea We can only do what God wants us to do if we come in partnership agreement with God Jesus had 12 disciples disciples who became partners in mission they promoted his work preachers gospel and share his vision with the world we do the same to day by preaching his word what we are doing is sharing his vision and message with the world no
Partnership allows us to DO together what we would never do alone
Parnership allows us to PREACH to people who alone we would never reach.
PARTNERSHIP allows us to to BUILD together what alone we ould not build
When I go, you go this is the benefits of partnership now togehr we can
when i preach you preach, when i visit other nations its because of you
when i teach through books and literature it is because of you
to preach the gospel through books and literature
How i doiscovered the importance of support of the ministry
1,SEED FAITH id Gods way to INCREASE AND SUPPLY
My God shall supply all your need
2. To accomplish Gods purpose on earth we need money. money to support the workers that are full time and money to provide the toolks and means of pro[pagating the goispel
3. we need to get rid of the religious tradition believers hsould not have money or be rich and that having money is evil. Further poverty is not an oath the believer takes when he becomes a Christain. Pt
4Money is not evil. The love of money is the root of all evil.¹Tim.⁶:¹⁰ Riches and wealth… are the gift of God.Ecc.5:19
Jesus said to seek first the expansion of God’s kingdom worldwide, and all of these things shall be added toyou.Mat.6:33 RV
God promised to meet all of your needs when you serve His purpose and carry out His will. My God shall supply all your needs according tohis riches in glory by Christ Jesus.Phil.4:19
•No good thing will he withhold from them thatwalk uprightly Psa.84:11
•Jesus promised: Whatever things you desire, whenyou pray, believe that you re-
ceive them, and you shallhave them.Mk.11:24 For your own needs to be met, you need money. For God to supply all of your needs, He will help you to acquire money. He did it as recorded in the Bible. He will do it today. The Bible teaches that God has never changed. I am the LORD, I change not.Mal.3:6 He is the great I am.Ex.3:14-15 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to day and for ever.Heb.13:8
5.We all need Money
The chruch prayer list confirms this. Poeple looking for work, prove this to be true. If you could read the prayer requests that come to us, you would understand that people have many material needs—that cost money. People from all over the world request prayer that God will provide money to pay their bills, that they can get a car, or buy a house, or rent an apartment. They want a job, or better clothes, or a better business. They need money for a trip, a business venture, industrial or business tools; for repairs on their house or car or equipment. They request prayer that God will intervene in their financial need for medicine, hospital care, dental work, glasses; for cattle, sheep, poultry or other farm animals; for crop planting, cultivating, disinfesting or harvesting; for repairs or new ven- tures; for funds to move from one place to another; for a train trip or for gasoline— and a thousand and one other material needs. They ask us to pray for these needs.
God created all the wealth of this earth—not for unbelievers to monopolize, but for the prosperity of His children who do His will. So God is interested in your temporal and material needs too.
THE BIBLE CONTAINS innumerable promises for financial and material pros- perity. But too often we hear only the negative side of the subject:
That the love of money is the root of all evil.¹Tim.⁶:¹⁰
That they that love silver shall not be satisfied withsilver.Ecc.5:10
That it is hard for them that trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God.Mk.10:24
That the rich man rejected Jesus and was verysorrowful: for he was very rich.Lu.18:23 That they that trust in riches shall fall.Prov.11:28
That they that will be rich will fall into temptationand a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts,which drown them in destruction and perdition.¹Tim.⁶:⁹
That riches are deceitful.Mat.13:22
These and many other scriptures constitute the negative side of the subject— and these admonitions should be carefully heeded. But to get God’s perspective of money, we need to understand that money in it- self is not evil. It is the love of money that is the root of all evil. While God never intended that His people live in poverty, neither did He intend that they set their heart on the things of this world.Col.3:1-2; 1Jn.2:15-17 WE ARE CONSISTENTLY warned to not trust in uncertain riches¹Tim.⁶:⁶-⁷,¹⁷ and if riches increase, set not your heart (upon them).Psa.62:10 This is why Jesus empha- sized how hard it is for them that trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God.Mk.10:24 We are to trust in God.Psa.37:3; 73:28; 91:2; 115:11-12; Prov.3:5 When you trust in wealth,Psa.20:7 you fail to see your need to trust in God. Your whole perspective becomes distorted by the false security of uncertain riches which can be so easily wiped out.
This was the big point which Saint Francis of Assisi felt compelled to demon- strate by his lifelong vow of poverty. He lived in an epoch of wealthy arrogance and ruthless dominance by the rich over the poor. Saint Francis made his unusual vow before God to live in such a way as to show the world that there was something more valuable than gold. And he made an indelible impact upon the world. God did not demand this of Saint Francis. He did it out of his own intense love for God.
When greed, lust and envy motivate your pursuit of riches and your use of them, there is no doubt but that you will eventually weep and howl for the miseries that come upon you. (as James said) Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.Jas. 5:1-3 Christ said to the man who laid up treasure for himself, and was not rich toward God, You fool, this night your soul shall be required of you: then whose shall those things be, which you have provided?Lu.12:20-21
IT IS TRUE that financial blessings cause some people to turn away from God, but their motives were wrong. Perhaps they would have forsaken God anyway. Just be- cause some abandon their faith, trusting in their riches, should we blame the abun- dant love and providence of God? There are people who turn away from God and sin by their obesityDeut.21:20;
One can be as full of pride over good clothes and a new car as over riches. But we should not condemn good food or clothing or au- tomobiles or nice homes because some folks who acquire them forsake their trust in God. Should we argue that these things are evil because they affect some people ad- versely? Neither should we argue that prosperity, health and abundant blessings are evil because some people who have these blessings do not serve God.
The devil’s strategy is to promote accusing ideas about God’s abundant provi- dence and convince people that prosperity is evil, that poverty and suffering is godliness, so that millions would reject God. Any Christian realizes that one must be alert to the potential negative aspect of either physical or financial blessings—or even spiritual arrogance.
Some people have a terrible spiritual pride. They count themselves holier than anyone else and constantly judge others.Col.2:18; 2Pet.2:18 This is spiritual sin. Others are proud of their health and of their attractive physiques, looking with contempt and scorn on those who are less robust or charming.Gal.5:26; Col.2:8;
Phil.2:3-8 Some people flaunt their riches. They are haughty and high-minded, regarding the poor and miserable with disdain.Prov.21:24; 26:12; Rom.12:16; Jas. 4:6 This also is evil. But these sinful attitudes do not mean that the blessings of salvation, health and prosperity are evil.
AMONG ALL OF the promises and provisions of salvation, ecclesiastical tradition generally opposes only two of them: 1) Physical, miraculous healing. 2) Financial, material prosperity. Both of these blessings are clearly part of THE GOOD LIFE which God wills for you. He wants you to enjoy both in abundance. Theologians have been known to limit God’s power to spiritual miracles. They
readily admit that anyone can be spiritually reborn.
•They often reject the idea that God will do physical miracles such as healing
•The idea that God would meet material needs by a miracle would usually be
considered ridiculous. God’s power is not limited to spiritual things. He wills to also supply our phys- ical and our material needs. God desires to manifest His miracle power in the physical and material realms as well as in the spiritual realm. It was never God’s will for His children to live under the curse of poverty, need and failure. Religious tradition presents us a strange philosophy. It tells us that God made all of the gold and the silver in the earth, that it is the creation of His own word from the beginning. Yet we are led to believe that only the unconverted should pos- sess that wealth—that Christians should be poor in order to remain humble and
submissive. Is it not strange how we overlook scriptures if they conflict with tradition? In Chapter 22 we have given many scriptures which clearly contradict the theory of poverty for the believer. To say that money, wealth and prosperity will make you carnal and proud is like saying life, health and happiness will make you evil-minded and carnal. Should only the unconverted possess God’s wealth? To believe that only the unconverted should prosper is like believing that only the unconverted should have life and health. But poverty has been so eulogized that many good Christians do not allow them- selves to consider prosperity. They are persuaded that they might backslide, or be- come proud, or wasteful, or arrogant if they were blessed materially. So they live under the bondage of poverty and never become partners with God like He de- signed them to be. This attitude is a vain tradition, making the word of God of no effect,Mk.7:13 con- cerning God’s financial blessings.
RADITIONAL RELIGION AROUND the world has, as a general rule, taught: 1) That to be spiritual or holy or humble, one should live in poverty, suffering and discomfort. 2) That if one is blessed materially, they are apt to be proud, merciless, wicked and ungodly. While this has often happened, it is also true that some of the most cruel and ungodly people on earth are on the poverty level, stealing, killing, destroying and hating in their pursuit of money.
While not all prosperous people are generous and kind, it is true that some of the most gentle, benevolent and loving people on earth are materially wealthy, giv- ing, sharing, loving and spreading kindness wherever they can help people. This must be why Agur prayed: Remove far from me vanity and lies: Give me nei- ther poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: lest I be full, and deny You, and say, Who is Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of your God in vain.Prov.30:8-9 It is a fact that either riches or poverty can be evil, depending on our attitude. It is also clear that if God’s No. 1 Job is ever to be accomplished, there must be Chris- tians on whom God can bestow the responsibility of good stewardship, for His glory. We must learn to receive God’s blessings graciously and utilize them for the good of others, and avoid the temptations of sinful pride and of the unholy use of them. It is the right use of God’s blessings that is important. Many people say, “I’d rather be poor and stay humble and spiritual. If I get money, I may become proud and carnal.” Do you think so?Here, I believe, is where tradition has laid its most cunning roadblock. Christians have been so convinced that poverty and limited means are a virtue that thousands of them actually believe their poverty is a blessing. They are con- vinced in themselves that it would be sinful to be blessed financially. They would never dream of studying and believing God to lead them into real financial pros- perity for His work. Satan uses many cunning devices ²Cor.²:¹¹ to misguide people about money. He constantly glorifies poverty and praises those who are poor. He accuses those who prosper of being proud and haughty. He applauds the poor and boasts of their humility. He extols them for their humble insufficiency. He distorts scriptures to condemn anyone who prospers, and to praise anyone who is poor. It is all a tool of Satan to limit the spread of the gospel. THE WHOLE CHRISTIAN value of financial prosperity rests on one’s attitude
ward money, and one’s objective in its use. If you love money and covet it to hoard, and if you trust in richesMk.10:24 or set your heart on money, Psa.62:10 this is evil and wrong and will only prove to be a snare, for miseries shall come upon you… (as)…your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall witness against you. Jas. 5:1-3 But when you look upon money as:
•A personal blessing,
•A tool for evangelism,
•A means to obey our Lord’s last command to give the gospel to every crea-
•A faith partnership with God to prosper financially in order to live in the
abundance Jesuscame to share with you, and to be able tosend the gospel into all the world, Jn.10:10 then, you can be sure that God’s will is to bless you with His material abun- dance and goodness.
Chapter 24 God Will be Your Partner
ONE OF THE GREATEST discoveries in THE GOOD LIFE with Christ is to learn
how to sow money for God’s glory and how to become a business partner with Him in order to share in carrying out His No. 1 Job—giving the gospel to those who have not yet received it.
Paul said: When someone becomes a Christian that person becomes brand new in- side. A new life has begun…and God has given them the privilege of urging everyone to…be reconciled to him… This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ’s ambassadors.²Cor.⁵:¹⁷-²⁰ LB Jesus plainly said, Follow after me and I will make you to become fishers of people.Mat.4:19 He said: The Good News will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it.Mat.24:14 LB This is your opportunity to tell the Good News. And the Good News must first be made known in every nation.Mk.13:9-10 LB
His last instructions were: Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.Mk.16:15 When Christ promised that every believer would receive the power of the Holy Ghost, the reason was to accomplish this task. Jesus said: You shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come on you. And you shall be my witnesses… to the uttermost part of the earth.Ac.1:8 Our motto shall always be: ONE WAY—ONE JOB.
The ONE WAY is Jesus. The ONE JOB is Evangelism. The supreme joy of every Christian is to give the gospel to every creature. 1) God loved the whole world. 2) Jesus died for the whole world. Our greatest opportunity for success in life is to tell the Good News to the whole world. Jesus said: You go to the whole world. So every Christian can either go or send the Good News to others, and do both whenever possible. Paul made an interesting resume of the Christian’s objective in life:
•Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
•But how shall they ask him to save them unless theybelieve in him?
•And how can they hear about him unless someonetells them?
•And how will anyone go and tell them unless someone sends them? Rom.10:13-15
LB So this, I say, is the honor of Christian living. We are saved to save others. Other Christians sacrificed to give us the gospel. Now it is our privilege to share it with others—either to GO or to SEND the Good News—or to do both.
I SHALL NEVER forget the day God spoke to me about reaching others with the gospel. Being just a poor lad on the farm, I was surely the most unlikely person on earth to be God’s representative. If you would have talked to me about reaching people in Tokyo or Paris or Buenos Aires, you might just as well have mentioned Jupiter, Mars or Venus. Those cities were like other planets to me. But I believed the Bible. I believed in prayer. I believed in miracles. And God did he rest. During over six decades we have been involved in soulwinning on a large scale in practically every free nation on earth. Our National Missionary Assistance program resulted in sponsoring over 30,000 national preachers as full time missionaries to unevangelized tribes and villages where new, self-supporting churches became established globally. During many decades, we published over a ton of literature per day, in more than 130 languages. Our DocuMiracle films have been used globally in evangelism and church plant- ing activities. Today they are available on DVD. See www.osborn.org for more information. We have produced and provided our sermon recordings in 70 languages and have furnished thousands of players, to missions abroad. We provided over 100 mobile vans for evangelism on mission fields—all of this in addition to our mass evangelism crusades around the world. Who could ever have dreamed that our family would have been chosen of God for such a world ministry. It has happened because we believe evangelism is God’s No. 1 Job and that God will financially bless and prosper any Christian who takes
part in such a ministry. That is why it is so important for Christians to learn the se- crets of God’s financial prosperity. Satan will oppose every morsel of Bible truth about this subject because this is the greatest threat to his kingdom. AS LONG AS Christians remain in poverty and glorify God for their humble estate, believing it is for their good, to keep them submissive and holy, the gospel will never be preached to every creature. And until this is done, Christ cannot return.Mat.24:14 Then Satan can continue his rule as the prince of this world.Jn.12:31; 14:30; Eph.6:12 God wants you to see yourself as a partner with Him—a financial partner; one in whose care He can trust His wealth in a flowing interchange of giving and receiv- ing. You will be amazed at how rapidly and miraculously God will bless you with His
material goodness once you learn how to plant money as seed in the fertile soil of God’s No. 1 Job and once you realize how He will multiply it back to you in an in- creased measure according to His abundant promises. Your life will become pro- ductive in God’s will and you will discover God’s abundance in THE GOOD LIFE He has given to you in Jesus Christ. God wants you to see that giving and receiving links your act of faith with His unlimited supply and His infallible law of sowing and reaping. When you invest your money in the Lord’s work, it is seed-money planted in the soil of His divine will. Once planted in faith, it must reproduce itself and return to you a multiplied harvest of much more than you sowed. As sure as wheat seed yields more wheat, your firstfruits seed-money will yield more money. When you give, you will receive more. Jesus said, Good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running overLu.6:38 —that is an abundant return. God’s promises cannot fail.
A FARMER SOWS seed before reaping a harvest. The only seed that can be multi- plied back is the seed that is planted. It is the same in God’s law of giving and re- ceiving. Only the seed-money which you plant in the Lord’s work can be multiplied back in a harvest of financial prosperity. Suppose a farmer gathered the family around and complained: “Why does God require me to give this good seed to the earth? Can He not see that my family needs this seed for food? I shall feed my children first. Our needs must be met first. If no seed remains, we shall believe for a miracle-harvest anyway. God can give us a harvest without requiring us to sow our seed because He knows we need it.” But that is what God will not do. God has ordained that there shall be no harvest if seed has not been sown. The successful farmer sets aside the choice grain, the firstfruits, and gives it back to the earth. In return, the earth gives back an abundance of the same kind of seed that was sown. The barns are filled with plenty.Prov.3:9-10 Thus, there is more
to sow on greater fields. The principle of giving which Jesus taughtLu.6:38 is superior to the Old Testa- ment law of tithing.Lev.27:30 Giving is the New Testament way of life.Mk.10:29-30 It is as natural to a Christian as breathing. You give your time, talents, energies, your body, mind and money—your total life. The more you give the more you re- ceive, but giving comes first. In tithing, you return ten percent of your earning to God after God has given to you one hundred percent. You do it more as a debt owed to God—a release of one- tenth of your money which you do not really consider your own. So you fulfill your obligation and return to God His tithe which is, in effect, a thanksgiving of ten per- cent, but only after you have received your full portion first. But seedgiving is sowing. It is investing in the greatest security on earth—the unfailing covenant of God’s prosperity which guarantees that every seed sown will reproduce itself in a multiplied return. Giving always comes first. This expresses faith in action.
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