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In teaching on the subject of Christian generosity, preaching a single sermon is certainly a good start. But preaching an entire series much more powerfully communicates generosity’s special place in the life of God’s church. Multiple installments also allow the pastor more time to expound the Bible’s rich teaching on money. The stewardship sermon series listed below, delivered by pastors committed to preaching beyond the “annual money sermon,” offer invaluable insights into how Christians can use money to glorify the risen Lord. A sermon series is the primary component of a strong church stewardship program. All sermon series are indexed below by author. Alternatively, browse through these sermon series by topic or multimedia format.


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   Begg, Alistair
   Bell, Rob Jr.
   Blackaby, Henry
   Brown, Steve
   Brownworth, Russell

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   Chrysostom, John
   Craft, Darryl
   Cymbala, Jim

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   Davey, Stephen

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   Gouge, William

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   Ingram, Chip

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   Jeremiah, David
   Johnson, Robert

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   Kluth, Brian

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   Locke, Jerry
   Lutzer, Erwin W.

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   MacArthur, John F. Jr.
   MacDonald, James
   Meador, John

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   Norris, Mark E.
   Novenson, Joseph V.

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—Q—

—R—

   Rogers, Adrian

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   Sproul, R.C.
   Stanley, Andy
   Swindoll, Charles R.

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   Thomas, John

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   Warren, Rick
   Watley, William D.

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Sermon Series (Begg, Alistair)
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    Spiritual Investing
    Alistair Begg. Sermon series preached at Parkside Church, Cleveland, Ohio, 1998.
    In an era of economic turbulence, we ought to make secure investments through the development of an IEA, or “individual eternal account.” In this two-part sermon series, Alistair Begg, pastor of Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, enumerates several principles of spiritual investing that can be found in Philippians 4:14-23: (1) The principle of partnership: The Philippian Christians shared what they had and thus shared in Paul’s work. Their partnership with Paul was both outstanding, in that they alone participated despite the existence of older, more established congregations, and longstanding, in that they gave again and again. One can give in two ways: Convivial giving chooses recipients of similar resources, interests and backgrounds. Essential sharing, on the other hand, gives to those who have no means of repaying the gift and often develops ties between two dissimilar groups. (2) The principle of perspective: The Philippians’ generosity made Paul glad, not because of the benefit he received, but because of the benefit they received: they were depositing sums into an eternal investment account. In other words, they were planning ahead. (3) The principle of pleasure: Sacrificial giving is pleasing to God. Offerings in the Old Testament were described as a beautiful aroma. Sacrificial giving might not entail enormous amounts—the poor widow whom Jesus observed at the temple only gave two mites (Mark 12:41-44)—but in such giving, one devotes everything he has to God. (4) The principle of prospect: God will meet all of the needs of His children, so the sharer doesn’t suffer because he shares. Finally, in closing his letter, Paul greets the Philippians with the impetus of all generosity: the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. What makes God’s people give generously and sacrificially is the realization that we have been the recipients of free and generous gifts from God. Overall, Begg provides solid teaching on motivations for sacrificial giving. Begg has published a related essay, Everyone Needs One: An IEA. Note: No downloadable text or audio is available at this time.

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Sermon Series (Bell, Rob Jr.)
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    Money
    Rob Bell, Jr. Sermon series preached at Mars Hill Bible Church, Grandville, Mich., May 6, 13 and June 3, 2001.
    In a three-part series on money, Rob Bell, Jr., teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Mich., examines reasons why money appears an attractive competitor for a Christian’s affections, principles of generosity derived from the sowing metaphor, and heart issues that affect true generosity. His messages are informative, challenging listeners to apply the truth to their lives. Messages are titled: (1) Bowing down to the Golden Cow, (2) So It Is with Your Seed and (3) Offering Boxes. Note: No downloadable text or audio is available at this time.

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Sermon Series (Blackaby, Henry)Sermon Series (Brown, Steve)
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    God and Money
    Steve Brown. Teaching series. Key Biscayne, Fla.: Key Life Network, n.d.
    This four-part teaching series by seminary professor, radio broadcaster and former pastor Steve Brown examines the principles of giving in 2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15. Overall, these messages demonstrate God’s concern for and lordship over the financial aspect of our lives, the grace-based motivations for our generosity, the spiritual growth that giving produces and the glory God receives from His children’s benevolence. Each segment develops several key principles drawn from the text: (1) The first segment enumerates the foundational principles of generosity: grace is the operative principle, depravation is the effective test, privilege is the correct perception, commitment is the primary step, consistency is the necessary ingredient, love is the motivating factor, and Jesus is the explosive example. (2) The next segment covers: the sequential nature of God’s action, the realistic balance of God’s commands, the practical promise of God’s provision, the necessary oversight of God’s money, the prudent protection of God’s honor, and the obvious proof of God’s work. (3) Part three addresses connections that ought to characterize the body of Christ. There ought to be a correlation between: knowledge and action, reputation and reality, commitment and accountability, trust and trustworthiness, promise and fulfillment, and giving and thoughtfulness. (4) Finally, part four examines the principles of: proportionate reward, benevolent stewardship, circular benevolence, residual righteousness, projected praise, acknowledged truth, and perceived grace. Note: No downloadable text or audio is available at this time.

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Sermon Series (Brownworth, Russell)Sermon Series (Chrysostom, John)
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    On Wealth and Poverty
    John Chrysostom. Translated and introduced by Catharine P. Roth. Crestwood, N.Y.: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1984.
    What does God expect from us, rich and poor? Why do we see righteous people suffering while sinners live in prosperity? In this six-part sermon series preached in 388 or 389 by John Chrysostom (ca. 350-407), the early Church father examines Jesus’ parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31), searching Scripture for answers to questions such as these. Sermons of particular strength are the first, second and seventh. The book omits sermon 5 because Chrysostom himself switched to an unrelated text during the fifth week of his preaching series.

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Sermon Series (Craft, Darryl)
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    Can You Be Trusted?
    Darryl Craft. Sermon series preached at Brainerd Baptist Church, Chattanooga, Tenn., February 2-23, 2003.
    In a four-part sermon series, pastor Darryl Craft examines Jesus’ principles of stewardship from the Parable of the Shrewd Manager (Luke 16:1-15). These include: (1) The Principle of Accountability, or the realization that we are only managers who will one day have to answer for our stewardship of God’s resources; (2) The Principle of Opportunity, or the resourceful use of our circumstances in order to maximize God’s assets; (3) The Principle of Being Trustworthy, or the preparation that the management of earthly wealth provides for the handling of spiritual riches; and (4) The Principle of Honesty, or the evaluation of one’s motives in stewardship. Note: No downloadable text or audio is available at this time.

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Sermon Series (Cymbala, Jim)Sermon Series (Davey, Stephen)Sermon Series (Gouge, William)
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    On Covetousness
    William Gouge. From his “A Learned Commentary on the Whole Epistle to the Hebrews.” London: A.M., T.W. and S.G. for Joshua Kirton, 1655.
    William Gouge (1575-1653), Puritan pastor and member of the Westminster Assembly of Divines, summarizes here a sermon series on covetousness. According to Gouge, “Covetousness is an immoderate desire of riches ... This sin is especially in the heart. One may have little, and yet be covetous; and one may be rich, and yet free from covetousness.” Sermon titles are: (1) “Of the Nature of Covetousness,” (2), “Of the Practice of Covetousness in Getting Wealth,” (3) “Of the Practice of Covetousness in Keeping Wealth,” (4) “Of the Practice of Covetousness in Spending,” (5) “Of the Heinousness of Covetousness,” (6) “Of Remedies Against Covetousness,” (7) “Of Well-Using Abundance,” (8) “Of Examination of a Man’s Self About Covetousness,” (9) “Of Rules to Find Out Covetousness,” (10) “Of Over-Rash Censuring Others of Covetousness,” (11) “Of Contentedness. What It Is” and (12) “Of the Grounds of Contentedness.”

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Sermon Series (Ingram, Chip)Sermon Series (Jeremiah, David)
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    Investing for Eternity
    David Jeremiah. Sermon series, 1999.

    Money: It’s one of the most crucial areas of the Christian life to which the word of God speaks. Dr. Jeremiah will challenge you to drop your guard long enough to allow God’s word to speak to you on the issue of money and Christian stewardship. Messages are titled: (1) “Putting God First in Our Lives,” (2) “Giving Yourself First to God,” (3) “Stewardship is Lordship,” (4) “Solomon’s Advice About Money,” (5) “Two Portfolios,” (6) “Sowing and Reaping,” (7) “Grace Giving,” (8) “Hiding in All The Wrong Places,” (9) “Five Pictures of God''s Provisions,” (10) “The Faith of Commitment.” A companion study guide is available. This resource is available on audiocassette.

    Stewardship Is Lordship
    David Jeremiah. Sermon series, 2000.
    The only place in Scripture where we are told to test God’s faithfulness is in the area of stewardship (Malachi 3:10). When we give generously to Him, He will make all grace abound to us. All things spiritual require a step of faith. But when we believe and obey God responds. This series will guide you to a deep and practical understanding of how to give confidently and joyfully—and be blessed as a result of your obedience. Messages are titled: (1) “God’s Basic Plan of Economy,” (2) “From God to God,” (3) “When Tithing Grows Up,” (4) “The Doctrine of Things,” (5) “The Myths of Stewardship,” (6) “Ananias’ Giving,” (7) “The Company of the Committed,” (8) “Hidden Motive for a Huge Commitment,” (9) “When Giving Less Is Giving More,” (10) “Jehovah-Jirah: The Lord Will Provide.” A companion study guide is available. This resource is available on audiocassette.

    The Grace of Giving
    David Jeremiah. Sermon series, 2002.
    Christians give away only slightly more money than non-believers, which reflects an underlying unbiblical view: “I am doing God a favor by giving some of my money to Him; I’ll give more when I make more.” On the contrary, research shows that the more money we make, the smaller percentage we give. How should Christians view money, and how should we handle our giving? In this series Jeremiah establishes the principle that New Testament Christians should be the most generous people in the history of the world. Why? Because we are the recipients of the most generous gift in history: the gift of the grace of God. Messages are titled: (1) “Hidden Motives of Christian Giving,” (2) “Why People Don’t Give,” (3) “Tithing: What and Why?,” (4) “From God to God,” (5) “New Testament Giving,” (6) “Counterfeit Commitment,” (7) “The Spirituality of Your Checkbook,” (8) “God’s Promise to Provide,” (9) “It All Belongs to You,” (10) “The Blessing of Giving to God.” A companion study guide is available. This resource is available on audiocassette; compact disc.

    Giving to God
    David Jeremiah. Sermon series, 2001.
    A steward is someone who manages the affairs of another, and good stewardship is every Christian’s responsibility. Since everything we possess comes from and belongs to God, our task as stewards is to manage our time, talent and treasure in ways that glorify Him. This series contains 10 practical lessons on how to become a channel through which God can accomplish His purposes and spread His blessings on earth. Jeremiah will introduce you to the people, principles and practices in Scripture that can make stewardship a blessing rather than a burden in your life. It is the givers—not the takers—whom God blesses in this life. Messages are titled: (1) “The Steward of Stewardship,” (2) “The Sermon on the Amount,” (3) “Jesus at the Treasury,” (4) “Drawing Interest On The Principles,” (5) “The Meaning of Sacrifice,” (6) “Three Dimensional Giving,” (7) “God’s Harvest Law,” (8) “What Happens When We Forget God,” (9) “Givers and Takers,” (10) “Giving Too Much.” A companion study guide is available. This resource is available on audiocassette; compact disc.

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Sermon Series (Johnson, Robert)
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    Money Matters
    Robert Johnson. Sermon series preached at Hixson (Tenn.) Presbyterian Church, November 5, 12 and 19, 2000.
    Pastor Robert Johnson examines biblical principles concerning money including the dangers of wealth, the worshipful aspect of giving and the relationship between grace and generosity. His messages are engaging and insightful and are titled as follows: (1) Money Matters, (2) Where Is Your Treasure? and (3) The Graceless Servant. Note: No downloadable text or audio is available at this time.

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Sermon Series (Kluth, Brian)Sermon Series (Locke, Jerry)Sermon Series (Lutzer, Erwin W.)
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    Secret Giving
    Erwin W. Lutzer. Sermon series preached on “Running to Win” daily radio broadcast, July 25, 28-30, 2003.
    Good friends can keep secrets. A good test of any relationship is how much you can trust someone to keep confidential information. Our ultimate confidence should be in God, to whom we commit everything. In fact, there are four secrets God wants us to share with Him: (1) The secret of giving and our attitude toward money. (2) Giving so that others will notice drew severe criticism from Christ. Our motives in giving should be pure. We give because our hearts have been changed and it is part of who we are—because we’ve given our all to God—not because we want others to see. (3) “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” The Bible’s words ring true even for Christians today. Money can be our idol, and we can be its worshipers. Yet God wants to break money’s hold on our hearts, and the key is giving in secret. Lutzer here explains the right motives and methods to do just that. (4) Even for a Christian the old nature is a powerful enemy. We are bound by idols, of which money is perhaps the most dangerous. Yet God wants us to crown Him Lord over all we have, transferring the power of money from our hearts to His. Here Lutzer offers some conclusions about giving to others so as to please God. This resource is available on streaming audio (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4).

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Sermon Series (MacArthur, John F. Jr.)
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    A Biblical Model For Giving
    John MacArthur. Sermon series, 1997.
    In this four-part series, pastor John MacArthur teaches from 2 Corinthians 8:1-3, using the apostle Paul’s description of the Macedonian churches as a model for what giving should look like in the Christian life. MacArthur gives a historical overview of the situation in which Paul was writing and uses this to present several key points concerning the nature of grace-filled generous giving. Individual messages are as follows: (1) Part 1, (2) Part 2, (3) Part 3 and (4) Part 4.

    Overcoming Materialism
    John MacArthur. Sermon series, 2001.
    In this five-part series based on Matthew 6:19-34, pastor John MacArthur examines Christ’s contrast of the treasures of earth and the treasures of heaven. MacArthur explains clearly the role of the heart as the central location for recognizing where our treasures lie: Do we desire the accumulation of treasures on earth and trust in them for our well-being, or do we desire to store up treasures in heaven and trust in our heavenly Father who gives us our well-being?Individual messages are as follows: (1) Treasures in Heaven: Part 1, (2) Treasures in Heaven: Part 2, (3) Mastery of Materialism, (4) Overcoming Financial Worry: Part 1 and (5) Overcoming Financial Worry: Part 2.

    The Biblical View of Money
    John MacArthur. Sermon series, 1997.
    In a four-part series based on 2 Corinthians 8-9, author and pastor John MacArthur examines biblical financial principles including accountability, heart attitudes toward money, the proper methods of wealth acquisition, and the wise management of wealth. Messages of particular strength are (1) Part 1, (2) Part 2 and (4) Part 4.

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Sermon Series (MacDonald, James)Sermon Series (Meador, John)Sermon Series (Norris, Mark E.)Sermon Series (Novenson, Joseph V.)Sermon Series (Rogers, Adrian)Sermon Series (Sproul, R.C.)
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    Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow
    R.C. Sproul. Teaching series. Orlando, Fla.: Ligonier Ministries, 2003.
    This five-part, 10-installment teaching series by Ligonier Ministries founder R.C. Sproul enumerates five means of grace that promote spiritual growth. In addition to Bible study, prayer and worship, of special interest are the parts on service and stewardship. Regarding service, Sproul notes that although today’s culture despises the concept of servanthood, the Christian is called to be a servant, first to God and then to others. Luke 17:5 teaches that our good works are never superlatively meritorious but simply what is required; our motivations for service are based on joyful gratitude for a gracious salvation rather than on the desire to earn God’s favor or the good opinion of men. Even when God rewards His children for faithful obedience, such rewards are further gifts of His mercy. Regarding stewardship, Sproul traces the concept of God’s ownership of all creation throughout the pages of Scripture. The Greek word oikonomia that is translated “steward” means “house rule” or “house law.” The steward does not own the house he manages but, rather, works for an owner to whom he is accountable. The steward, then, manages God’s creation in order to further God’s purposes. In order to support His ministers the Levites, God instituted the tithe in Old Testament Israel. Today, the tithe continues to support the work of ministry, when given either to the church or to another Christian organization. We live in a capitalistic society based on investment, which functions on the principle of delayed gratification. Because investments in the kingdom of God yield eternal rewards, such investments are the wisest and most important stewardship decisions a Christian can make. A companion book is available. This resource is available on audiocassette or compact disc.

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Sermon Series (Stanley, Andy)
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    The Legend of Joe Jacobson
    Andy Stanley. Sermon series preached at North Point Community Church, Alpharetta, Ga., 2004.
    Pastor Andy Stanley examines the life of Israel’s son Joseph as an example of how to serve God both in poverty and prosperity. Though Joseph experienced both extremes of the spectrum of wealth, he never lost his confidence in God’s faithful presence in his life. Each sermon is introduced by a short dramatization of the story of Joseph. Sermons of special interest are (1) The Early Years and (2) Return of the Dreamer.

    Taking Care of Business
    Andy Stanley. Sermon series preached 2002.
    In a six-part sermon series, Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga., examines Scripture for principles that apply to the workplace. Issues covered include the significance of work, the importance of character, the responsibility of employers towards employees, evangelization in the workplace, the proper response to authority and the need to balance work and family concerns. Sermons relevant to workplace stewardship are: (1) Meet the Boss, (2) Current Economic Indicators and (3) The Corner Office. Note: No downloadable text or audio is available at this time.

    Stewards R Us
    Andy Stanley. Sermon series preached at North Point Community Church, Alpharetta, Ga., 1999.
    In this four-part series, preacher Andy Stanley explains what it means to be a steward clearly and powerfully. He addresses God’s ownership of all things, our opportunity for eternal gain, and the ironic truth that giving money away is the path to financial security. The messages are as follows: (1) The Ownership Myth, on David’s capital campaign for the Temple (1 Chronicles 29:1-20), (2) The Parable, on Jesus’ telling of the shrewd money manager (Luke 16:1-13), (3) No Fear, on the law of sowing and reaping (2 Corinthians 9:6-11), and (4) First Things First, on seeking first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:24-34). This resource is available on audiocassette; compact disc.

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Sermon Series (Swindoll, Charles R.)Sermon Series (Thomas, John)Sermon Series (Warren, Rick)Sermon Series (Watley, William D.)
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    Bring the Full Tithe: Sermons on the Grace of Giving
    William D. Watley. Valley Forge, Pa.: Judson Press, 1995.
    When William D. Watley, pastor of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Newark, N.J., first preached on tithing, he discovered to his dismay that members of his congregation were not as enthusiastic about the subject as he was himself. Indeed, he had introduced a controversial topic without adequate preparation beforehand. This collection of 15 sermons, along with other suggestions such as interaction with individual members, is intended to aid a pastor in preparing the ground and then confidently carrying out a transition to joy-based, obedient giving. Using texts from both the Old and New Testaments, Watley connects giving indivisibly to the gospel; we give because God first gave His Son to die for our sins. Giving is part of our Christian growth as we manage faithfully what God has given us. Furthermore, God continues to give us more than we could ever give back. Other sermons address principles for tithing, motivations for giving, examples of sacrificial givers, the costs of obedient living and wholehearted giving. While tailored to a people who often have experienced oppression, Watley’s sermons nevertheless are helpful for introducing anyone to giving as well as for presenting giving as part of a lifestyle of joyful stewardship.

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