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Richard Chambers Giving as an Act of Worship   Worship

What does the church of Christ teach about giving as an act of worship?
What does the Bible say about giving as an act of worship?

John 4:21-24
21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.





-It seems that we don’t hear very many lessons on the topic of giving.

-A couple of reasons:

   -1. Preachers sometimes feel ackward presenting a lesson on giving because their salaries

        come from the contribution.

-Making a living preaching the word is scriptural and so is the topic of giving..

-I Cor 9: 9-15

-vs 14 - “live of the gospel” = to earn their living

-NAS - “So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their

  living from the gospel.”

   -2. Money is a sensitive topic and some don’t like lessons aimed at their pocketbooks.  But,

        before this lesson is over, I hope you’ll see that giving is more of an issue of the heart.

-Yet, remember, giving is an act of worship.  It is something that is commanded.

            -Also remember, the Lord’s Supper and giving are separate acts of worship.  Because we do them

              together for convenience sake, I’m afraid we sometimes blend those together in our minds.

-1 Cor 16: 1-2

-The saints in Judea were in need and the other churches were helping them.

-Acts 11:27-30

-2 Cor 9:1-2  - We find that the Christians in Corinth responded.

-superfluous - (Coll Dict) - unnecessary or needless


-II Corinthians 8:1-13

-This is an extremely important passage when it comes to the topic of giving.

-We know that Paul had commanded the other churches to give when he commanded the     Corinthians to do so (1 Cor 16:1).

-In 2 Cor 8, we find some information regarding the response of the churches in Macedonia.

-Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea and others

-Notice some unusual contrasts: (what we might think unusual)

-vs 2 - great trial of affliction  - abundance of joy  

     their deep poverty  - abounded unto riches of their liberality

-vs 3 - great willingness

-vs 4 - prayed for Paul and those with him to take the gift

-praying - (Vines) - desire, beseech    (Beseech carries with it the idea of earnest begging.)

-They wanted badly to help those who were in need.

-vs 5 - “but first gave their own selves to the Lord”

-Because they first gave themselves to God, they were willing to give of their finances to God.]

-Explain vs 1 - “grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia”

 -Hopefully, we see by this passage that giving isn’t as much a matter of the pocketbook as it is a matter of

  the heart.

     -Matt 22:37

-2 Cor 9:7

-purposeth - (Vines) - “ to bring forth or forward” - can mean “to take by choice,

prefer, purpose”

-We see that our giving is something that is to involve thought - purpose.

-It is to be planned.  It is a choice and hopefully it is a wise choice.

-We don’t put every penny in the collection today and expect to buy groceries tomorrow.


-I Cor 16:2 - A Closer Look

-When?  - Upon the first day of the week

-It is not a part of the Lord’s Supper but usually done immediately after for convenience.

-Lay by in store

   -lay - (Vines)- to lay up or store up

-Store - (Vines) - comes from the Greek word meaning “to amass or reserve” - in treasury

-Mark 12: 41-44 - another great passage on giving

-There was a physical treasury.  Now our treasury is in the form of a bank account.

-As God hath prospered him

   -Many misunderstand what is meant by this phrase.

   -When we think of the word “prosper” we think of abundance and excess.

-In other words, we get the idea of giving based upon our excess - what is left over.

-Think about that for just a moment.  Should God get our leftovers?  A portion of them?

   -prospered - (Vines and Strongs) - comes from two Greek words: 1. well  2. A way or journey

-as we do well along the way  - as we earn income

-NIV - “each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income

   -In other words, our giving should not be based upon what we have left when all is said and

    done but on what we receive in the first place.

-Most people consider all other payments and then give to God.

-We should give to God first and then consider other payments.

            -Give God what is right, not what is left.


-Scriptural Pattern

-We are not told a specific amount to give.

-2 Cor 9:7

-But, there is a pattern found through the scriptures:

-Prior to the Law - Gen 14:20     - tithe = tenth

-During the Law - Lev 27:30-32

-After the Law - No set amount given.

-But, think about how far more we are blessed to be under the Gospel.

-Should we then give less?


-Summary and Invitation

-Giving is an individual issue.  It is one upon which you must decide.

-But, one factor we haven’t discussed yet is the most important.

-2 Cor 8:9 (with vs 13)

-Think about how much God gave and how much Jesus gave for you.

-Won’t you give in return?

-Most of all, won’t you give yourself to the Lord?

      -You do so initially by obeying the Gospel - Believe (John 3:16, 8:24), Confess (Matt 10:32,

  Rom 10:9), Repent (Luke 13:3,5; Acts 17:30), Be Baptized (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38)

-Then, we continue to give through faithful living (Rom 6:4, Eph 4:22-24).  However, if

  you’ve quit giving yourself to the Lord, come back to Him - confess your shortcomings,

  repent of them and pray for His forgiveness (1 John 1:7-9, Acts 8:22-24).

Other sermons and lessons about Worship:








Teach Us To Worship     Bobby Stafford

Worship in Spirit and in Truth


    David Hersey
Lifting Holy Hands       Travis Main
True Worship       Don Cope
All Service to God is not Worship     Travis Main
What is the Meaning of Worship?       Bobby Stafford
Reverence in Worship       Bobby Stafford
Why Does the church of Christ Observe the Lord's Supper Weekly?  

    David Hersey
Lesson 1:  God's Patterns       

Richard Chambers

Lesson 2:  The Lord's Supper     Richard Chambers
Lesson 3:  The Crucifixion     Richard Chambers
Lesson 4:  Singing       Richard Chambers
Lesson 5:  The Silence of the Scriptures     Richard Chambers
Lesson 6:  Giving       Richard Chambers
Lesson 7:  Prayer     Richard Chambers
Lesson 8:  Preaching     Richard Chambers
Lesson 9:  Evangelism and the Jerusalem Church     Richard Chambers
Lesson 10:  Church Authority & Organization       Richard Chambers
Lesson 11:  Too Exclusive &/or Narrow Minded?       Richard Chambers



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