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LESSON 8

THE GRACE OF GIVING

"You must each make up your own mind a to how much you should give. Don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure" (2 Cor. 9:7).

The World asks: "What does he give?

Christ asks: "How does he give it?

The World asks: "What does he own?

Christ asks: "How does he use it?

The World asks: "How much does he give?

Christ asks: "How much does he keep?

1. In Proverbs 23:26 God says, "O my son, give me your heart." What is the first thing God wants to receive from us?

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2. Who does your body belong to? 1 Cor. 6:19, 20

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3. What does the apostle Paul say we should do with our body? Rom. 12:1 ...............................

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4. According to Luke 10:27, what does God want to receive from us? .........................................

5. Love always sees how much it can do. The Bible says, "Love seeks not her own". What did Jesus say about giving? Acts 20:35 ............................................................................................

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6. What did Jesus promise to those who give? Luke 6:38 .............................................................

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7. If someone wants to borrow something from you, should you turn him away? Matt. 5:42

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8. The Bible says, "Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing" (Prov. 28:27). To whom is the promise of the supply of all need given, to the RECEIVER or the GIVER? Phil. 4: 18, 19

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9. How are we to give? Matt. 10:8

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10. What kind of giver does God love? 2 Cor. 9:7

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The Bible teaches that a tenth of all we have belongs to God and if we keep this to ourselves we are robbing God. In the book of Malachi we read: "Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me! Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do, says the Lord Almighty, I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won't have enough room to take it in! Try it! Let me proved it to you!" (Mal. 3:8, 10). Jesus also gave His approval of the tithe (See Matt. 23:23; Luke 11:42). Our tithe is a tenth of what we have. Anything above that is an offering to God. If we really love the Lord with all our heart we will want to give Him our tithes plus offerings.

REMEMBER THIS!

1. God measures gifts by how much is left, not by how much we give. Mark 12:41-44.

2. God sees the heart of the giver rather than the size of the gift. 2 Cor. 9:7

LET US WITH GLADSOME HEARTS OF LOVE GIVE TO OUR SAVIOR WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR US!
 
 
 

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