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Sermons (Warren, Rick)
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    The Benefits of Generous Giving
    Rick Warren. Sermon preached at Generous Giving’s Pacific Northwest Conference, Stevenson, Wash., October 19-21, 2006.
    What word appears in the Bible more than three times as often as the word “love”? As Rick Warren, pastor and author of The Purpose Driven Life, points out, the word “give” is used 2,285 times while “love” occurs only 733 times. To Warren, this should be evidence that we “will never become like Jesus Christ until [we] learn generosity.” Although giving is certainly an obligation for every Christian, Warren lists several benefits of a generous heart. Generous giving will (1) “duplicate God’s generosity,” (2) “draw me close to God,” (3) “defeat materialism,” (4) “define my priorities,” (5) create a life of abundance, (6) “demonstrate community,” (7) “deepen my joy,” (8) “determine my blessing,” and (9) “display God’s glory.” Speaking to members of a culture that is saturated with materialism, Warren rightly points out that we must teach our children “that the greatest things in life aren’t things, that your value in life has nothing do with your valuables,” but that true joy and contentment in this life come from a generous heart that is rooted in Jesus Christ. Note: No downloadable text or audio is available at this time.

    Purpose-Driven Generosity
    Rick Warren. Sermon preached at the annual Generous Giving Conference, Colorado Springs, Co., April 21-23, 2005.
    Rick Warren, the pastor who brought us five life purposes, now explains that money “is a tool to help me fulfill God’s purposes for my life.” He asks us to invest in five innovative funds: the treasure fund for worship, the mutual fund for fellowship, the growth fund for spiritual maturity, the equity service fund for ministry, and the global fund for outreach. Now is the time to invest: Our dollars will be worthless in the next life, but they still have value now. We can use them to provide hospitality, attend a life-changing seminar, and take the good news around the world. Warren speaks personally on this issue, for giving has done more to increase his faith than any other discipline. Hear how he became a “reverse tither” and what he is doing to fight the “five global giants.” This resource also is available on compact disc.

    The Stewardship of Influence
    Rick Warren. From Using What You’ve Got sermon series. Sermon preached at Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, Calif., September 7, 2003.
    Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light shine so that others will see the good you do and praise your father in heaven.” Author and pastor Rick Warren tells us that letting our light shine before others is not merely a suggestion but also a command from God. The Lord expects and requires us to be people of influence because He has equipped us for this task, and we must be obedience and faithful stewards of this gift. More than that, it is through our Spirit-filled influence that those around us become more aware of the reality of the eternal God who has radically influenced our lives. This resource also is available in audiocassette and CD.

    The Stewardship of Affluence
    Rick Warren. From Using What You’ve Got sermon series. Sermon preached at Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, Calif., September 14, 2003.
    Being a faithful steward of affluence starts with realizing that our money (like all of our possessions and gifts) does not belong to us but, rather, is a gift from God. But realizing this fact is not sufficient by itself—we also must be actively using our money to strengthen Christ’s kingdom. Author and pastor Rick Warren tells us that being an active steward with what God has given means that we should be using our money to worship, encourage fellowship with believers, grow spiritually, help all people, and to extend Christ’s kingdom globally. Warren’s message is both bold and heartfelt as he provides solid teaching on the biblical basis for stewardship and encourages believers to act out a faithful life of stewardship. This resource also is available in audiocassette and CD.

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Sermons (Wesley, John)
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    The Use of Money
    John Wesley. Sermon 50.
    John Wesley (1703-91) consorted mostly with people who worked hard, owned little, and could never be certain of their financial future. But he preached so widely and became so well-known that his income eventually reached £1,400 per year—equivalent to more than $160,000 today. Still, he chose to live simply but comfortably on just £30 while giving the rest away. This is the context for his curious sermon on Luke 16:9.

    The Good Steward
    John Wesley. Sermon 51. Edinburgh, Scotland, May 14, 1768.
    In this sermon, based on Luke 16:2, the great evangelist develops four points: (1) In what respects are we now God’s stewards? (2) When he requires our souls of us, we “can be no longer stewards,” (3) We will need to “give an account of our stewardship,” and (4) There is no employment of our time, no action or conversation, that is purely indifferent and we can never do more than our duty.

    The Dangers of Riches
    John Wesley. Sermon 87.
    Wesley opens this timeless sermon on 1 Timothy 6:9 thus: “ ‘They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful desires, which drown men in destruction and perdition.’ How innumerable are the ill consequences which have followed from men’s not knowing, or not considering, this great truth! And how few are there even in the Christian world, that either know or duly consider it! Yea, how small is the number of those, even among real Christians, who understand and lay it to heart!”

    On Riches
    John Wesley. Sermon 108.
    Wesley argues, based on Matthew 19:24, that it is absolutely impossible, unless by that power to which all things are possible, that a rich man should be a Christian; to have the mind that was in Christ, and to walk as Christ walked. Such are the hindrances to holiness, as well as the temptations to sin, which surround him on every side.

    On the Dangers of Increasing Riches
    John Wesley. Sermon 126. Bristol, England, September 21, 1790.
    “From that express declaration of our Lord, ‘It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven,’ we may easily learn, that none can have riches without being greatly endangered by them. But if the danger of barely having them is so great, how much greater is the danger of increasing them! This danger is great even to those who receive what is transmitted to them by their forefathers; but it is abundantly greater to those who acquire them by their skill and industry. Therefore, nothing can be more prudent than this caution: ‘If riches increase, set not thine heart upon them.’ ” (Psalm 62:10).

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Sermons (White, Jeffrey O.)
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    No Poor among You
    Jeffrey O. White. Sermon preached at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, June 8, 2003.
    Christians ought to share only one heart and mind: the heart and mind of God. Thus, central to the heart of Christian community is God’s desire, found in Deuteronomy 15:1-11, that the Israelites would have no poor living among them. The early Christians also were marked by an intense concern for the needy in their midst (Acts 4:32-37). Jeffrey White, former assistant minister at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, examines three different questions concerning this conviction about poverty eradication: (1) How did the early Christians come to the conviction? Christians have a different motive for giving to the poor than the world possesses. We do not have to give out of guilt, but give instead from a heart grateful for Christ’s own gift of salvation. Guilt-based givers, trying to ease a stinging conscience, always ask, “Have I given enough?” Grace-based givers, seizing an opportunity for participation in God’s work, keep asking, “Can I give more?” (2) How did the early Christians sustain this conviction? The resurrection was the firstfruits of a redemption that will heal the entire broken world. As Christians participate in bringing this restoration to the world, they have hope in the certainty of Christ’s redeeming powers. (3) How did the early Christians practice this conviction? The early Christians practiced poverty eradication through both their attitudes and their actions. First, they held their own possessions lightly in order that they might always be willing to share. Second, they invested in ministries that they could trust, laying their money at the apostles’ feet. Overall, White provides an excellent analysis of the purpose of joy-based giving. This resource is available on audiocassette.

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Sermons (Whitefield, George)
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    The Great Duty of Charity Recommended
    George Whitefield. Sermon 47. In “The Works of the Reverend George Whitefield, 1771-2.” London.
    Although a preacher in the 18th century, Whitefield remains one of the most dynamic preachers ever to preach in America and England. In this sermon on 1 Corinthians 13:8, Whitefield exhorts his listeners to live up to their calling in Christ by being charitable to the poor. Not only is God glorified through this act, but dignity and honor are bestowed upon both the one who receives the gift and the one who gives.

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Sermons (Wiles, Martin)
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    Jesus on Stewardship
    Martin Wiles. Sermon preached at Union Baptist Church, Iva, S.C., September 2001.
    Based on Jesus’ parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:13-21), this sermon concerns the location of our trust, the effects of greed and principles for good stewardship. The rich young man in the parable points us to four mistakes that the greedy make: (1) They mistake ownership of goods for possession of life. (2) They mistake wealth for security. (3) They mistake body for soul. (4) They mistake time for eternity. To avoid these mistakes, we need to follow biblical money principles: We must make service to God our highest priority; we must remember that wealth belongs to God; and we must find our security solely in God. Above all else, we must remember never to segregate our money from our service to God.

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Sermons (Wilkinson, Bruce H.)
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    Eternal Rewards
    Bruce H. Wilkinson. Sermon preached at the annual Generous Giving Conference, Atlanta, Ga., March 2-4, 2000.
    How do you trust the Lord with what He has entrusted to you? How big is your vision of what God can do? Pastor and Prayer of Jabez author Bruce Wilkinson examines Matthew 19:16-30 to share the message of being bold in asking God to bless you—so that you, in turn, might be a blessing to others. We must approach the throne of glory by constant sacrifice, asking God for more than we know we are capable of. Thus, when the prayers are answered, the glory will be His alone. In giving, God promises to bless those who faithfully serve Him and a vast reward will be theirs—not necessarily in this life, but certainly in the next. As Wilkinson testifies, great joy will come when God says, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” translated more loosely, “Thank you.” This resource is available on compact disc.

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Sermons (Winthrop, John)
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    A Modell of Christian Charitie
    John Winthrop. Sermon preached aboard the “Arbella” over the Atlantic Ocean, 1630.
    When the Puritans sailed to America in search of a new life and religious freedom, Gov. Winthrop wrote and delivered this address to his fellow settlers during the course of their voyage, reminding them of their responsibility to model Christian charity. Winthrop challenged the Puritans to live as the body of Christ, caring for one another in the unity of their Lord, giving freely of all they have. “For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill,” says Winthrop, “The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world.”

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Sermons (Wood, George O.)
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    Giving Guidelines
    George O. Wood. Sermon preached at Newport-Mesa Christian Center, Costa Mesa, Calif., n.d.
    How would the Corinthian Christians responded to the Apostle Paul’s call to give an offering to the saints in Jerusalem? Assemblies of God pastor George O. Wood examines 1 Corinthians 16:1-4, drawing guidelines for giving from this epistle. Wood challenges his congregation to (1) take the collection for God’s people, (2) participate in systematic or regular giving, (3) involve every member, (4) predetermine what you are going to do through a faith promise, (5) give proportionately—not in equal amounts, but in equal sacrifice—out of a sense of grace, (6) entrust the offering to responsible administration, (7) do not force or pressure giving, but let it come from a natural response to the blessings of God. This resource is available on streaming audio.

    The Ministry of Giving
    George O. Wood. Sermon preached at Newport-Mesa Christian Center, Costa Mesa, Calif., n.d.
    In 2 Corinthians 8-9, the Apostle Paul describes to the church of Corinth how they should give. George O. Wood, general secretary of the Assemblies of God, looks at this passage to describe the ministry of giving. According to this sermon, (1) our true motive for giving should always be the grace of God; (2) the example of others is a legitimate inspiration for our giving; (3) our concern for excellence should include our giving; (4) giving is patterned after the example of Christ, who gave out of love; (5) we should give what we can even if it is not all we desire to give; (6) there should be equal sacrifice throughout the body of Christ; (7) we need assurance that the offerings we give will be properly accounted for and administered; (8) our enthusiasm in giving is catching; (9) those who sow bountifully will reap bountifully; and (10) our giving should result in praise being given to God. This resource is available on streaming audio.

    Lord, Teach Us to Give
    George O. Wood. Sermon preached at Newport-Mesa Christian Center, Costa Mesa, Calif., n.d.
    Have you ever thought to yourself, “I can’t afford to give”? Have you been encouraged to give for the wrong reasons? Are you disappointed with the return? There are many excuses Christians cite for failing to give to the Lord’s work, yet the Bible commands it. In this sermon, Assemblies of God pastor George O. Wood looks at the three types of giving in the Bible—tithing, giving out of abundance, and giving sacrificially—encouraging believers to experience the joy that comes through being a faithful steward. This resource is available on streaming audio.

    George O. Wood. Sermon preached at Newport-Mesa Christian Center, Costa Mesa, Calif., n.d.
    “Stewardship” is a quaint old English word that seems to have been forgotten in today’s world. In biblical days, the term was used to describe a person who managed a wealthy person’s estate. Using this idea of the steward, Luke 12 gives us a parable of how a steward should wait in eager anticipation for his master’s return. Assemblies of God pastor George O. Wood describes the characteristics of a responsible steward and how to honor God with what He has entrusted us. This resource is available on streaming audio.

    The Gift of Giving
    George O. Wood. Sermon, n.d.
    God has given us many gifts through which we can serve Him: gifts of teaching, serving, encouraging, etc. What about the gift of giving? In this sermon, Assemblies of God preacher George O. Wood looks at Romans 12 and explains how the gift of giving blesses both those who receive and those who give. Our motivation in giving should never be to get but, rather, to obey our Father. Giving involves trust and faith in God’s provision, living a surrendered life followed by the blessing of the Lord. This resource is available on streaming audio.

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