1/18/15 – The Joy of Giving

The Joy of Giving

John Stange

Acts 20:26-35

I. Give the whole counsel of God (v. 26-30)

Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the
thoughts and intentions of the heart.

2 Peter 1:20-21 – knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from
someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but
men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

II. You’re being given an inheritance (v. 31-32)

1 Peter 1:3-5 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his
great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of
Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation
ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 Corinthians 3:13-15 – Each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it,
because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If
the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s
work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

III. It’s more blessed to give than receive (v. 33-35)

Malachi 3:10 – Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.
And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven
for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.