Mark 12:41-44 “respect to God”

Mark 12:41-44 “respect to God”

Mark 12:41-44       “And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

1/64 of a day’s wages $15.00 X 12 = $2.80

If you could picture Jesus and the disciples sitting near the offering funnel at the temple, It’s a large metal funnel which lead to a box for the offerings. People are bringing in their offering and putting it in. All the offerings are coins, so this is a noisy place. Some have said that the rich would often use the smallest coin to make it a show of their offering al they put it in. But we do know it was obvious that some people put in large sums of money, perhapse they even have servants carrying their offering. With great show they put it in rattling the coins on the metal funnel. No one is paying much attention to the poor widow who tries to avoid the show as she puts in two small coins, they don’t even make a sound. Jesus uses this event to teach something about giving. Her two small coins are worth about $2.

The point of Jesus’ teaching is clear, some gave out of their abundance, while she gave all she had to live on. The rich’s offering made a great show but the widows offering was a sacrifice. Jesus says the widow’s sacrifice meant more to God than all the money the rich gave. This principle was taught by David in 2 Sam 24:18-25, where David remarks “I will not offer unto God that which cost me nothing”

Gen 4:3-6  “In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted?”

This is the very first offering we see in the Bible and it tells us that some offerings are acceptable to God while others are not. So, what makes our giving acceptable to God.

There are five principles about giving to God in the Bible.
Obedience, respect, sacrifice, priority, intentional.

Obedience
While Abraham was the first to tithe as an offering to God, the ordinance is given in Deut 14:22-29. A Tithe of all they earn for the year belongs to God and is to be given to the temple. God considers one tenth of your income His. An offering or gift to God starts above that 10%. In Malachi 3:6-10 God says that by not giving the tithe the people are robing God. Imagine a person whipping out their gun and stealing your money, and then they ask you for a favor. God said the people were robbing God and then expecting Him to help them.

Jesus affirms tithing in Matt 23:23 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”

So, tithing is an obedience issue. In our giving are we obeying God

Which brings us to the second principle of giving, priority.
In the story of Cain and Able, Able brought the first born of the flock, in Deut 14 the tithe comes first. You make your offering before you take something out of it. In 1 cor 16:2 Paul encourages the Corinthian believers to set aside their offering first. When we give our tithe, we give it making God first in priority. Malachi says bring in the full tithe and see that God will bless the rest.
So do we make our giving a priority or what’s left over.

The next principle is respect or honor.
Does what we give to God show respect to God? We tip a waiter or waitress 10 – 20% as a show of respect for their service to us. In fact, this practice got it’s start in the Bible. In Malachi 1:6-14 God says; “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’ By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, ‘How have we polluted you?’ By saying that the Lord’s table may be despised. When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts. And now entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the Lord of hosts.

They dishonored God by bringing the leftovers that nobody wanted. By giving our best we show respect and honor to God. In our offering we are telling God what we think of Him. Put what you give in perspective by comparing it to your other expenses. It’s sad to say that many will show more respect to their waiter or waitress than they will to God.
So does our offering show respect and honor to God?

The next principle of giving is that it should be intentional
In 2 Corinthians 9:7 “Each one must give as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
So, have you sat down and intentionally determined your giving or is it an after thought on Sunday when you open your wallet and see what’s in there?

The last principle is sacrifice
David said, “I will not offer unto God that which cost me nothing” The widow gave all she had to live on. Does our giving really cost us, can we feel it, what do we have to sacrifice to make our offering to God?
So, is our giving truly a sacrifice?

We do not all give the same amount, but we should make equal sacrifice to God. Will our offering be pleasing to God? If you follow these principles of giving it will.

a church with a mission

“We are a prayerful Family that desires to please God by being the hands and feet of Jesus through serving others and teaching the Word.” 

Prov 16:1-9

1 The plans of the heart belong to man,

but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,

but the Lord weighs the spirit.

3 Commit your work to the Lord,

and your plans will be established.

4 The Lord has made everything for its purpose,

9 The heart of man plans his way,

but the Lord establishes his steps.

 

  1. What is a purpose statement
    1. Not a slogan like “To know Christ and to Make Him known”
  2. Not a theological statement like the “Essentials”
  3. A single sentence that conveys the essence of what you are about
  4. The statement is flushed out in other documents
  5. It is a reminder of your purpose

 

  1. prayerful
  2. John 16:23&24 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
  3. 1 Thess 5:17 pray without ceasing
  4. Matthew 21:13 “He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ (Isa 56:7)
  5. To raise prayer that it is part of our identity

 

  1. family
  2. 1 Cor 12:25-27 “25that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 27Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
  3. Mark 3:33 34And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35Whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”
  4. deeper level of connection
  5. spend time with each other
  6. care for each other
  7. “You go We go”

 

  1. desires to please God
  2. It’s not about me, not about you, not even about us, it’s about God
  3. When we make decisions, when we set goals.
  4. Romans 12:1 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

 

  1. By being the hands and feet of God
  2. Matthew 28:18-20 ““All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
  3. We do not want to be spectators, we want to be players.

 

  1. Serving others
  2. John 13:12-17 “When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
  3. 1 Peter 4:10 “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace”
  4. Ephesians 2:10, 1 Tim 5:10, Titus 2:14
  5. We want to be people who care and serve others

 

  1. Teaching the Word
  2. teaching others from the Word, the Bible.
  3. 2 Tim 2:2 “what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
  4. We do not proclaim do goodism, or politically correct ideas or our ideas
  5. We teach the Bible.

 

There has been so much time put into reading and searching scripture. Listening to teachers and speakers about church revitalizing and growth, organization and planning. Out of all the study and research, your session has developed this statement as our mission, our identity, not of who we are but of who we believe Jesus wants us to be.

 

“We are a prayerful Family that desires to please God by being the hands and feet of Jesus through serving others and teaching the Word.”

A Church With A Mission

“We are a prayerful Family that desires to please God by being the hands and feet of Jesus through serving others and teaching the Word.” 

Prov 16:1-9

1 The plans of the heart belong to man,

but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,

but the Lord weighs the spirit.

3 Commit your work to the Lord,

and your plans will be established.

4 The Lord has made everything for its purpose,

9 The heart of man plans his way,

but the Lord establishes his steps.

 

  1. What is a purpose statement
    1. Not a slogan like “To know Christ and to Make Him known”
  2. Not a theological statement like the “Essentials”
  3. A single sentence that conveys the essence of what you are about
  4. The statement is flushed out in other documents
  5. It is a reminder of your purpose

 

  1. prayerful
  2. John 16:23&24 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
  3. 1 Thess 5:17 pray without ceasing
  4. Matthew 21:13 “He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ (Isa 56:7)
  5. To raise prayer that it is part of our identity

 

  1. family
  2. 1 Cor 12:25-27 “25that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 27Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
  3. Mark 3:33 34And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35Whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”
  4. deeper level of connection
  5. spend time with each other
  6. care for each other
  7. “You go We go”

 

  1. desires to please God
  2. It’s not about me, not about you, not even about us, it’s about God
  3. When we make decisions, when we set goals.
  4. Romans 12:1 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

 

  1. By being the hands and feet of God
  2. Matthew 28:18-20 ““All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
  3. We do not want to be spectators, we want to be players.

 

  1. Serving others
  2. John 13:12-17 “When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
  3. 1 Peter 4:10 “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace”
  4. Ephesians 2:10, 1 Tim 5:10, Titus 2:14
  5. We want to be people who care and serve others

 

  1. Teaching the Word
  2. teaching others from the Word, the Bible.
  3. 2 Tim 2:2 “what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
  4. We do not proclaim do goodism, or politically correct ideas or our ideas
  5. We teach the Bible.

 

There has been so much time put into reading and searching scripture. Listening to teachers and speakers about church revitalizing and growth, organization and planning. Out of all the study and research, your session has developed this statement as our mission, our identity, not of who we are but of who we believe Jesus wants us to be.

 

“We are a prayerful Family that desires to please God by being the hands and feet of Jesus through serving others and teaching the Word.”

 

1 Corinthians 3:10-15 “Planning to Win”

“We are a prayerful Family that desires to please God by being the hands and feet of Jesus through serving others and teaching the Word.”

1 Corinthians 3:10-15 “Planning to Win”

In 1 Corinthians 3:10-14 “According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—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.”

  1. There is a judgement, an accounting
  2. We have not done well
  3. Failing budget
  4. Decreasing number on session
  5. Decreasing numbers at church
  6. Little or no children
  7. There is no use pointing fingers at the past
  8. How do you want to go out?
  9. “if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got”

Phil 3:14 “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

  1. What is our goal
  2. Sessions hard work
  3. Our mission statement
  4. The Bulls
  5. Uneven floors
  6. How we use it
  7. As a foundation to build all else upon
  8. As a reference to evaluate our work
  9. Prayerful
  10. Family
  11. I want it all
  12. Billy Bean “I want to ring every last drop of baseball out of you, and you want to stay in the show”
  13. I want to ring every last drop of what God has to offer in this life
  14. Willow Slew
  15. Marinette waterfalls
  16. Mora’s dragon
  17. I want to see everything of the Christian life

This is why we have a mission statement. This is why we have a goal. Not just because there will be an accounting in the end, but because we don’t want to miss a thing in life today.

“We are a prayerful Family that desires to please God by being the hands and feet of Jesus through serving others and teaching the Word.”