Five Elements of a Healthy Church
Part 5 (Give)

Rob Smith, Associate Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL
July 25, 2016

Welcome to the beginning of another week. I hope that the weekend brought rest and relaxation. The Foslien family celebrated the college graduation of their son, Spencer. In Pastor’s absence, I had the honor to wrap up our series, Christ-Centered for Life.

Let’s take a moment to review the 5 Signs of a Christ-Centered Church

  1. We Connect (FELLOWSHIP)
  2. We Serve (MINISTRY)
  3. We Attend (WORSHIP)
  5. We Give (EVANGELISM)

As we close the series, let’s talk about the ways we can give: time, talent, treasure, touch.

God’s Word about money – Matthew 6:21
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. [NKJV]

Your money is tied to your heart, AND it takes on the personality of the person holding it.

Ecclesiastes 10:19
People enjoy eating, and wine makes life happy. But money solves a lot of problems. [ERV]

God is not against us having money. He is against money CONTROLLING us!

Deuteronomy 8:18
And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who give you the power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. [NKJV]

God gives us the power and ability to make money. He wants us to be blessed so that we can bless others. He gives to us so that we can give it away.

God isn’t asking for our all of our money; His Word tells us that he wants the first 10%.

Read Leviticus 27:30 about God’s financial plan. One tenth belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy. After God’s 10%, we have 90% to use as we need.

Luke 6:38
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your boson. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you [NKJV]

Giving forces trust, dependence, and faith in God.

God wants to bless each of us.

Challenge Him – Dare Him to honor His word.

Give as He intended and watch the blessings begin to come your way.

Are you willing to take the risk???


Christ-Centered for Life,

Pastor Rob


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