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1 Chronicles 29:10-20; Mark 14:3

1 Chronicles 29:10-20; Mark 14:3


I. David’s view of God

1. King (29:1) [palace]
2. Supreme over the earth and sky (29:10)
3. Source of wealth and honor (29:12, 14)

II. David’s view of himself

1. Nothing/nobody compared to God (2:14) “who am I?” expresses his humility
2. Resident alien and nomad (2:14)—they do not have permanent claim over anything as their own

III. David’s view of wealth

1. God is the source of wealth (29:12)
2. God owns all that belong to David and nation Israel (29:16)
3. David gave offerings willingly—voluntary contribution

IV. David’s teaching about giving

1. All wealth belongs to and come from God—thereby, men cannot in any real sense give materially to him

2. Not only do men not possess anything independently of God, but they have no natural right to do so—because strangers and sojourners

3. The use of the terms “strangers” and “sojourners” emphasizes the lack of entitlement to the wealth that he possesses

4. When they give willingly, they reflect God—particularly when they give and rejoice (verse 9)

5. Giving is motivated by the “bigness” of God for the purpose of making Him “big”

V. Jesus does not legislate giving, but He demonstrates giving

1. Gave His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:46)

2. Jesus appreciated voluntary giving (Mark 12:41-44; Mark 14:3-5)

(a) Widow Mark 12:41-44
(b) Nameless woman Mark 14:3-5

VI. General Notes on “stewardship” (The position of the Crossroad Church)

1. The New Testament does not teach “tithe” for Christians
2. Believers do not relate to God by means of the Law which includes “tithe”
3. Believers must not give to God out of compulsion but out of willingness like David
4. Giving is never legislated or forced upon, but it is spontaneous and the barometer of one’s love for God
5. Giving is a kind of imitation of God (A son/daughter gives because their Dad gives)
6. Believers’ Savior is God, not the wealth

VII. Take Away

Willingly support financially God’s interest at the Crossroad Church

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at