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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 topic. Alternatively, browse through these sermon series by author or multimedia format.
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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.

      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 (Contentment)
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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 (Tithing)
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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.

      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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    Sermon Series (Generosity)Sermon Series (Funding the Great Commission)
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      Experiencing God in Giving
      Henry Blackaby. Sermon series preached at the annual Generous Giving Conference, Sarasota, Fla., February 28-March 2, 2002.
      This two-part series includes the following sermons: (1) Experiencing God in Giving: Seeing Your Giving from God’s Perspective and (2) Experiencing God in Giving: Using Your Influence for God’s Glory. This resource is available on 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 (Eternal Reward)
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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.

      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.

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