Giving: An Uncomfortable Topic

For the last two weeks, I have been preaching on subjects that are uncomfortable to some. Today’s subject was giving. I did not totally relate it to money, but that has a part in it.

I addressed how the Macedonians that Paul referred to in 2 Corinthians 8 were in great affliction with joy and give liberally out of their deep poverty. They understood that what they have ultimately belongs to God. We are just stewards of His resources. Sacrificial giving comes when we have completely surrendered ourselves to the Lord. 

The ultimate example of giving is our Lord Jesus. He gave up the riches of Heaven, was born in an humble fashion, died a cruel death, all so we could be rich in Him. Because He gave His best, we should follow His example. 

It is so easy to examine our income, expenses, and decided that we cannot afford to give to the Lord. We cannot afford to withhold from Him. He honors His promise of meeting our needs. This boils down to an issue of trust. Do we trust God enough to bless our giving and continue to supply our needs when we give sacrificially to His work or to a need around us?

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

9 thoughts on “Giving: An Uncomfortable Topic”

  1. The church is powerful, RC church protects peadophiles so i am dubious to say the least, i believe God is in all of us and we should pray privately without having to give to the church. The best form of living is when giving to others, but i think the church tries to manipulate our truths. Live right, each person knows if they are right, help your fellow man if you can, but do not confuse living right with giving to the already wealthy church especially when the catholic church is so corrupt, sorry if that gets people but truth is truth, watch “spotlight” as one of many examples

    1. Giving is multi-faceted, going beyond the institutionalized church. There are many great things to give toward. The Spirit of giving is more important than the recipient. Not all churches are like what you have mentioned. Many operate independently without any ties to a major network or denomination. The most important part of giving is giving as if you were doing so to the Lord. He will guide people to give to the right places.

    2. That is Pastor Matt’s post but I wanted to chime in on one thing you said. We know without any doubt that pedophilia is a huge issue in the Catholic church. Notice I did not say ” problem”. Because the only problem they have is getting caught too much. With that in mind and realizing that they themselves are willing to admit 28k priests under investigation, on thier bishops accountability blog tells us they have no shame. You mentioned people giving to the church and all,I am 100% in agreement with not giving to the catholic because some of that may go into the 6 BILLION dollars they have already spent to pay off victims. Whats really sick is that many catholic people die and leave all their wealth to the pedophile infested church thinking it will help them into heaven when in reality they are helping hell come to us in the form of paid pedophiles.

  2. Tything appears to be a big issue in today’s time. However, I really believe that people do not put enough faith in our great Lord to fully understand that He will provide for them. I witnessed this first-hand so I know it can happen! Trust in our Lord!!

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