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January 13th, 2010

by Craig Groeschel

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The Sacrificially Generous Church

The Bible is full of examples of sacrificial giving.

  • David refused to sacrifice something that cost him nothing.
  • Solomon sacrificed 1,000 bulls instead of one as an offering to the Lord.
  • The poor widow put all she had into the offering.
  • The immoral woman poured a bottle of very expensive oil on Jesus in a act of selfless worship.
  • God gave the most sacrificial gift in history: his only son, Jesus.

As churches, we should give sacrificially.

I’ve heard of churches who’ve sacrificed to give big:

  • Some give away 50% of their income or more.
  • Some refuse to build a building to give more.
  • Some don’t pay any staff and use all volunteers.
  • Some have donated buildings to other ministries.
  • In some parts of the world, people still give their lives for Christ.

How is your ministry giving sacrificially? How could you give sacrificially in the future?

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  1. Jan 13, 2010 at 6:30 am

    What a great post. Thanks so much. We need to have a conversation on this sort of giving. We haven’t arrived yet. Thanks so much for the challenge!
    Blessings,
    Dave

  2. Jan 13, 2010 at 7:47 am

    We do well in some areas as a church and not so well in others. There is work to do when it comes to generousity as a whole. Some of it is a teaching thing that I will be doing.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Jan 13, 2010 at 9:12 am

    One of the great joys in planting a church is that you can formulate this in to the system from day one. People know what kind of church you are from the beginning, plus it sets a course for you that will lead to future blessing. Doing something as radical as this post describes is difficult (if not impossible) in an already established traditional church. We started supporting a missionary three months before we launched and God has blessed us.

  4. 4david jarrett
    Jan 13, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Good post, I love reading these.

  5. Jan 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    My ministry on a college campus can really give sacrificially the most by not sacrificing money, but moreso our time and energy. However, I’m still trying to find a great way to do that with college students on campus…

    What we are going to be doing is spending time this semester doing micro-missions (probably w/ Life & Journey!)

    Any other suggestions for sacrificing for the students around us?

  6. Jan 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    There are so many ways in which we can all offer our sacrifices to God. In my opinion, sacrificial giving is something that has to be engrained in the culture of a church. How do you get a church to go from being selfish to selfless?

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  8. Jan 13, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    wow, a church that gives so much. We have so much to learn as the modern day church.

  9. Jan 15, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    for us, every penny we’ve ever taken in, we’ve given away, or helped people in direct ways.