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Healthy Living In A Sick World Part 21

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  • male announcer: Coming up nexton "Leading the Way."
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  • Dr. Michael Youssef: Jesus issaying that whatever you give
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  • to his kingdom,you will never lose.
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  • Give based on principle,not on impulse.
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  • I know the stock marketcan collapse.
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  • I know that the price of goldand silver can crumble.
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  • I know that the valueof the dollar can tank.
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  • But what you giveto the Lord will never,
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  • never not bear dividends.
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  • Dr. Michael Youssef:I want to tell you a story
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  • about a young pastor.
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  • He finished seminary, and beforehe would serve in the church,
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  • he decided for his own reason,that he is going to be
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  • a policemanfor a period of time.
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  • And so, he went to a policeacademy for six months,
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  • and then came the time for himto do the examinations.
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  • So, he passed his physical exam,he passed
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  • his mental alertness exam,he passed his test of reacting
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  • quickly and wisely in emergency,
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  • and finally camethe oral examination,
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  • and the examiner askedthe question,
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  • "What would you do to dispersea frenzied crowd?"
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  • He thought for a momentand he said,
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  • "I'll take up a collection."
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  • Now, I think the Apostle Paulsomehow understood
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  • that he did not want to dispersea frenzied crowd,
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  • and that is why he leftthe issue of money giving
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  • to the last chapter,not the first.
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  • I think if he started with it,people would have said,
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  • "Well, I don't wantto hear that.
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  • Close the book."
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  • But he left it to the end.
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  • But, there is a serious sideas to why the Apostle Paul
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  • left this all-important matterof stewardship,
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  • financial stewardshipall the way to chapter 16.
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  • But here is whythe great apostle,
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  • under the inspirationof the Holy Spirit,
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  • decided to teach on giving
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  • immediately afterhe was teaching
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  • on the resurrection of Jesusand our own resurrection.
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  • We saw in the last message,chapter 15,
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  • amazing instruction,amazing teaching,
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  • amazing comfort, then whenhe showed us the relationship
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  • between Jesus's resurrectionand our own resurrection.
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  • And then, all of a sudden,as if he's getting ready
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  • to close the book,as he finished the epistle,
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  • the apostle said,"Now concerning the collection."
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  • You'll have to askthe question, why?
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  • Why after he reached heavenitself, why must he go back
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  • to the nitty gritty issuesof money and giving of money?
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  • Why?
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  • And I'm telling youthat's a great question,
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  • I'm so glad you asked itbecause the apostle is going
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  • to answer it.
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  • Because heaven and moneyare interrelated.
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  • Heaven and money givingare intertwined.
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  • Heaven and money givingare intrinsically linked.
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  • Money and how you use money isclosely tied up to the mansion
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  • in the sky.
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  • And that's preciselywhat the Bible teaches.
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  • This is not just one versetaken out of context.
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  • This is the entirebiblical teaching.
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  • For example, the Apostle Paul,in 1 Timothy chapter 6,
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  • verse 19, he said,"When you give here and now,
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  • that determines what kindof foundation you're laying up
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  • in heaven,in your eternal home."
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  • The Lord Jesus Christ himself,in Matthew chapter 6, verse 19,
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  • he said,"What you send onto heaven
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  • by giving here and now, will notonly be waiting for you there,
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  • it will be multiplied."
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  • Jesus is saying that whateveryou give to his kingdom
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  • here on earth,you will never lose.
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  • In fact, I tell peoplemy statement of net worth
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  • is what I gave away.
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  • That is your true statementof net worth.
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  • Jesus said, "The thiefwill not steal that money
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  • that you gave to the Lord,
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  • and the rust will notdestroy it."
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  • Listen to me, I knowthe stock market can collapse.
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  • I know that the price of goldand silver can crumble.
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  • I know that the valueof the dollar can tank.
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  • But what you giveto the Lord will never, never,
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  • never not bear dividends,here and now and for eternity.
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  • Look with me again in detail,1 Corinthians 16,
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  • but particularly verse 2.
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  • Here's the apostle reachingand teaching us a profound truth
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  • about giving.
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  • He is saying thatwhen we give back to God,
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  • it ought not to be haphazardly.
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  • When we give back to God,it ought not to be in response
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  • to some emotional appeal.
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  • When we give to God,ought not to be in response
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  • to whoever screams the loudest.
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  • Or it not to be doneout of feeling of guilt
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  • and whomever makes youfeel guilty.
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  • Here in 1 Corinthians 16,the Word of God is helping us
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  • to exercise our spiritualresponsibility toward laying up
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  • treasures in heaven.
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  • And it goes as follows.
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  • Remember those three points?
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  • I'm going to come back to themagain and again.
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  • He is teaching us to givewith a planned regularity.
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  • He is teaching us to givewith personal responsibility.
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  • And then he's teaching usthirdly to give proportionately.
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  • The one thing that you willnotice about biblical giving,
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  • it is not based on impulse.
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  • How do I know that?
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  • Because the Word of Godhere speaks about the collection
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  • in the context of the triumphof the resurrection.
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  • In the same breathwhere the Apostle Paul speaks
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  • of the fundamental doctrine,the core,
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  • the rock bedof the Christian faith,
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  • namely the resurrectionof the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • he speaks about the offertory,in the same breath.
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  • He moves immediately fromthe triumph of the resurrection
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  • to the triumphof the collection.
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  • And the Apostle Paul hereis obviously answering some
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  • questions that the Corinthians--we saw that
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  • in the very beginning.
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  • Corinthians wereasking question, "How do I give?
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  • Where do I give?
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  • How--"
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  • And he answersall these questions, so--
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  • but I don't want you to misswhat he did not say.
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  • I don't want you to misswhat he did not say.
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  • He did not say giveif you feel like it,
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  • or give out of sentimentand emotions,
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  • or give out of impulseor crisis.
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  • No, that is not biblical.
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  • The Apostle Paulwanted to teach us
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  • to give based on principle,not on impulse.
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  • He wanted them to developa holy habit,
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  • not a holy huddle mentality.
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  • He said we give with a senseof planned regularity.
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  • Look at verse 2 with me please.
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  • "On the first day of every week,each one of you
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  • should set aside a sum."
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  • Now, the grammar here isvery important
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  • because it's an emphatic mood.
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  • You say, "What does that mean?Why is that?"
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  • Because Paul wants to drive homethe point on the first day
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  • of the week.
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  • Why is the first day of the weekan emphatic?
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  • Why is that important?
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  • Because Jesus roseon the first day of the week.
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  • Jesus appearedto the disciples twice,
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  • every time wason the first day of the week.
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  • The early Christian church,who were all Jewish,
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  • remember that,they were all Jewish,
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  • they changed from worshipingon Saturday to Sunday
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  • because of this all-significantevent of the resurrection.
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  • The first day of the week wasfar more significant
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  • to the early church thanwe can ever imagine
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  • because we did not live thereand we read about it.
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  • But listen to me, think with me,think with me.
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  • They saw with their own eyestheir Lord,
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  • whose eyes have been closedin death.
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  • They saw their Lord,
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  • whose lips were stilledin death.
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  • They saw the Lord, whose bodywas placed in the cave of death.
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  • But then on the third day,on Sunday morning,
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  • early hours of Sunday morning,he opened up that grave
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  • and he walked out,leaving an empty tomb.
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  • And that is why they immediatelybegan to gather
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  • every early Sunday mornings,every early Sunday morning
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  • to celebrate the gloriousresurrection event.
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  • That was the beginning of it.
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  • And in the beginning,they had no meeting place.
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  • So, they would meetin a corner in the temple.
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  • And then, they began to gatherin cemeteries
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  • where they've depositedtheir loved ones.
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  • And then, they beganto gather in catacombs,
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  • and finally house churches.
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  • They did this to celebratethe resurrection
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  • and bring the collection.
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  • Both go hand in hand.
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  • Don't miss it, don't miss it,you'll miss out on a blessing.
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  • But if we truly comprehend thatgiving is to be in the context
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  • of the resurrection,then we would stand up
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  • every Sunday morningas we come to worship,
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  • and say and sing, "Up fromthe grave he arose.
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  • He lives, he lives.
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  • Christ Jesus lives today."
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  • And then deposit our collectionat the altar.
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  • Why?
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  • Because our giving isan integral part
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  • of our personal celebrationof Jesus's resurrection.
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  • And the anticipationof our own resurrection,
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  • as we saw from chapter 15.
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  • And that iswhy the Apostle Paul,
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  • exactly what he meantby planned regularity.
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  • Secondly, he saidthat our giving is
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  • an individual responsibility,every one of us.
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  • And he said that.
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  • Look at verse 2 again with me,chapter 16.
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  • He said, "On the first dayof the week, each,"
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  • can you say that with me?
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  • "Each one of youshould set aside."
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  • Each one of you.
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  • When the Apostle Paul said each,each of you is
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  • in the emphatic position,which means it towers
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  • above the other words.
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  • The word "each," say it again,towers over them.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • Each one of us meansno exception,
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  • no exception, no exception.
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  • If you followed this seriesof messages,
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  • we've seen how not manyof the Corinthians were really
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  • powerful people or rich people,and he says that.
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  • He said, "Not many of youare prominent."
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  • They were very ordinary people.
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  • In fact, they were modest means.
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  • But the apostle exempted no one.
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  • This is the most amazing thing.
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  • Let each of you, each of you,that is personal responsibility.
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  • I was ordained into the ministryand I was unfaithful
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  • with my tithe and offering.
  • 00:14:01.766 --> 00:14:03.868
  • It's the absolute truth.
  • 00:14:03.902 --> 00:14:06.004
  • I'm gonna explain to you.
  • 00:14:06.037 --> 00:14:07.939
  • See, I tried to explain to Godthat I have given myself
  • 00:14:07.972 --> 00:14:12.243
  • full-time to the ministry,therefore I don't need to tithe.
  • 00:14:12.277 --> 00:14:16.681
  • And I'm telling you,the Holy Spirit was very clear,
  • 00:14:16.714 --> 00:14:19.017
  • "Youssef, put the cashin there," every time.
  • 00:14:19.050 --> 00:14:23.721
  • But in those days,I used to think
  • 00:14:23.755 --> 00:14:25.957
  • that I could bargainwith God, I really did.
  • 00:14:25.990 --> 00:14:29.427
  • Until 1972, that was thebeginning of God working on me.
  • 00:14:29.460 --> 00:14:35.566
  • I was a seminary--that's my first year
  • 00:14:35.600 --> 00:14:38.036
  • in seminary, 1972.
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  • And I was working in a parish,in a church as a student pastor
  • 00:14:41.239 --> 00:14:46.044
  • not far from the city of Sydney.
  • 00:14:46.077 --> 00:14:49.547
  • But it's an older suburb,and so many of the parishioners
  • 00:14:49.580 --> 00:14:52.350
  • were widows, they were shut-ins,and they couldn't even come
  • 00:14:52.383 --> 00:14:57.956
  • to church.
  • 00:14:57.989 --> 00:14:59.958
  • And so, I went and askedthe rector, I said,
  • 00:14:59.991 --> 00:15:02.026
  • "Can I take one afternoonevery week
  • 00:15:02.060 --> 00:15:05.196
  • and go and visit these people?"
  • 00:15:05.229 --> 00:15:07.799
  • And I'll tell you, it wasthe highlight of my year.
  • 00:15:07.832 --> 00:15:11.069
  • Most of them, as I said,were elderly and widows
  • 00:15:11.102 --> 00:15:13.104
  • and were living on whatwe call Social Security, period.
  • 00:15:13.137 --> 00:15:17.141
  • And after I visit with them andI pray with them and about
  • 00:15:18.142 --> 00:15:21.412
  • to leave, invariably, invariablyone of them would say,
  • 00:15:21.446 --> 00:15:26.084
  • "Wait a minute, wait a minute,don't leave yet.
  • 00:15:26.117 --> 00:15:28.953
  • I have not been able to takemy envelopes--"
  • 00:15:28.987 --> 00:15:31.889
  • The church as a denominationused to send out 52 envelopes.
  • 00:15:31.923 --> 00:15:36.761
  • Every Sunday, people will putthe money in the envelopes
  • 00:15:36.794 --> 00:15:39.197
  • and put itin the offering plate.
  • 00:15:39.230 --> 00:15:41.099
  • And so, they would say,"Wait a minute,
  • 00:15:41.132 --> 00:15:43.067
  • I haven't been able to takethe money to the church.
  • 00:15:43.101 --> 00:15:45.036
  • I haven't been able to findsomebody that will take it."
  • 00:15:45.069 --> 00:15:47.472
  • And there may be two, three,or four envelopes left,
  • 00:15:47.505 --> 00:15:49.807
  • and they have themall stacked up,
  • 00:15:49.841 --> 00:15:51.242
  • and they will hand it to me.
  • 00:15:51.275 --> 00:15:54.412
  • And I'm confessing to you whatwent on through my mind when
  • 00:15:54.445 --> 00:15:59.784
  • I held onto those envelopes,and it is to my shame,
  • 00:15:59.817 --> 00:16:07.458
  • I would hold these envelopesin my hand and I look
  • 00:16:07.492 --> 00:16:10.862
  • at the conditionswhere they were living,
  • 00:16:10.895 --> 00:16:14.098
  • and I'm tempted to say,"Oh no, not you, not you.
  • 00:16:14.132 --> 00:16:19.303
  • You can't afford this.
  • 00:16:19.337 --> 00:16:22.507
  • We need to come hereand help you out."
  • 00:16:22.540 --> 00:16:25.643
  • Why?
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  • Because I was unfaithfulin my giving.
  • 00:16:27.311 --> 00:16:33.317
  • But thank God I never done it.
  • 00:16:33.351 --> 00:16:35.486
  • Had I done that, I would havedeprived these precious people
  • 00:16:35.520 --> 00:16:40.725
  • of unspeakable blessings thatcomes from giving back to God.
  • 00:16:40.758 --> 00:16:46.264
  • My attitude was thatexact opposite
  • 00:16:46.297 --> 00:16:49.934
  • of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:16:49.967 --> 00:16:51.669
  • It's exact oppositeof the Lord Jesus,
  • 00:16:51.702 --> 00:16:54.005
  • that was my attitude.
  • 00:16:54.038 --> 00:16:55.406
  • Because his last actof public ministry,
  • 00:16:55.440 --> 00:16:58.609
  • when he stood there over againstthe treasury in the temple,
  • 00:16:58.643 --> 00:17:03.047
  • watching as these individualwealthy ones coming with music
  • 00:17:03.081 --> 00:17:07.018
  • and trumpet, and they deposittheir gifts in the treasury box
  • 00:17:07.051 --> 00:17:13.124
  • with song and dance and noise,and they were giving out
  • 00:17:13.157 --> 00:17:16.060
  • a pittance out of their wealth.
  • 00:17:16.094 --> 00:17:18.930
  • And there he watchedand saw a poor widow,
  • 00:17:18.963 --> 00:17:24.669
  • probably was hiding and probablywas not trying to show
  • 00:17:24.702 --> 00:17:28.306
  • what she has in her hand,and it was a mite.
  • 00:17:28.339 --> 00:17:33.644
  • Our precious Lord Jesus,whose eyes penetrate into
  • 00:17:33.678 --> 00:17:36.781
  • the very secrets of our hearts,knew that this was her all.
  • 00:17:36.814 --> 00:17:43.488
  • It wasn't 10%, 20%,or 30%, it was her all.
  • 00:17:43.521 --> 00:17:48.659
  • And instead of Jesussaying to her,
  • 00:17:48.693 --> 00:17:50.228
  • "Stop, you cannot do this,you cannot afford this.
  • 00:17:50.261 --> 00:17:54.465
  • You are too poor to do this.
  • 00:17:54.499 --> 00:17:55.933
  • You need to go insideand see the priest,
  • 00:17:55.967 --> 00:17:58.236
  • they can help you," no,our Lord commended her
  • 00:17:58.269 --> 00:18:02.974
  • for all of the ages.
  • 00:18:03.007 --> 00:18:05.076
  • And here we are in the21st century talking about her.
  • 00:18:05.109 --> 00:18:09.013
  • Our Lord said, "Look at her,look at what she did."
  • 00:18:09.046 --> 00:18:16.354
  • And then he went outand did exactly the same,
  • 00:18:16.387 --> 00:18:18.789
  • he gave his all,he gave his life.
  • 00:18:18.823 --> 00:18:22.693
  • Beloved, the principleof personal responsibility
  • 00:18:22.727 --> 00:18:25.429
  • and stewardshipcannot be avoided.
  • 00:18:25.463 --> 00:18:28.432
  • Listen to me again,the principle
  • 00:18:28.466 --> 00:18:30.301
  • of individual stewardshipcannot be avoided.
  • 00:18:30.334 --> 00:18:33.437
  • The only time God invited usas people, as his followers,
  • 00:18:33.471 --> 00:18:38.609
  • as his children to test him,you remember in the wilderness?
  • 00:18:38.643 --> 00:18:42.013
  • The temptation said--he said to the devil,
  • 00:18:42.046 --> 00:18:44.749
  • "You must not testthe Lord your God
  • 00:18:44.782 --> 00:18:46.083
  • or put your God to the test."
  • 00:18:46.117 --> 00:18:47.418
  • But there's only one time inthe entire Bible that God said,
  • 00:18:47.451 --> 00:18:51.322
  • "Test me," and that's inthe area of money giving.
  • 00:18:51.355 --> 00:18:54.192
  • He said, "Test me and seeif I don't open the floodgates
  • 00:18:55.259 --> 00:18:58.729
  • of heaven and pour outmuch blessings."
  • 00:18:58.763 --> 00:19:04.268
  • Planned regularity,personal responsibility.
  • 00:19:05.269 --> 00:19:11.742
  • And the third thing,which actually drives
  • 00:19:11.776 --> 00:19:14.745
  • the first two,proportionate return.
  • 00:19:14.779 --> 00:19:19.283
  • "On the first day of the week,each of you should set aside
  • 00:19:20.618 --> 00:19:26.390
  • a sum in keeping withhis income," the NIV said.
  • 00:19:26.424 --> 00:19:30.261
  • But I like the old translation,"As God has prospered you."
  • 00:19:30.294 --> 00:19:36.801
  • As God has prospered you,I love that.
  • 00:19:36.834 --> 00:19:38.869
  • That's actually closerto the meaning.
  • 00:19:38.903 --> 00:19:41.739
  • It means returning to Goda portion of what
  • 00:19:42.573 --> 00:19:46.177
  • God has blessed you with.
  • 00:19:46.210 --> 00:19:48.779
  • Now beloved, listen to me,the marvelous wisdom of God.
  • 00:19:48.813 --> 00:19:51.482
  • Listen to me, the marvelouswisdom of God's teaching here is
  • 00:19:51.515 --> 00:19:55.486
  • it places the burdenwhere the burden belongs.
  • 00:19:55.519 --> 00:20:02.159
  • And the burden's not on you.
  • 00:20:02.193 --> 00:20:04.595
  • Where's the burden placed?
  • 00:20:04.629 --> 00:20:06.697
  • On God.
  • 00:20:06.731 --> 00:20:09.433
  • It completely rests with God.
  • 00:20:09.467 --> 00:20:13.537
  • When the tide comes in and youhave great material blessings,
  • 00:20:13.571 --> 00:20:19.443
  • you return to himthe same percentage
  • 00:20:19.477 --> 00:20:21.746
  • as when the tide goes out.
  • 00:20:21.779 --> 00:20:25.049
  • And it comes in and goes outto all of us.
  • 00:20:25.082 --> 00:20:29.553
  • And my beloved friends,that means that the basis
  • 00:20:29.587 --> 00:20:33.457
  • of our giving is God's blessingsin our lives, that's the basis.
  • 00:20:33.491 --> 00:20:41.098
  • And no one, no one, no one,no one can cheat God.
  • 00:20:41.132 --> 00:20:46.237
  • If you don't believe me,ask somebody who tried.
  • 00:20:46.270 --> 00:20:50.107
  • As far as God is concerned, whenyou are faithful with a dollar,
  • 00:20:50.141 --> 00:20:54.378
  • you're going to be faithfulwith $1 million.
  • 00:20:54.412 --> 00:20:57.381
  • That's the principlein which Jesus said,
  • 00:20:57.415 --> 00:21:00.551
  • "He who is faithful with littlegoing to be faithful with much."
  • 00:21:00.584 --> 00:21:03.754
  • But I can hear somebody saying,"Well, you see, Michael,
  • 00:21:05.423 --> 00:21:07.792
  • Paul didn't say anythingabout 10%."
  • 00:21:07.825 --> 00:21:09.794
  • He didn't say anythingabout tithing, you're right,
  • 00:21:09.827 --> 00:21:13.230
  • you're listening carefully,you're reading carefully.
  • 00:21:13.264 --> 00:21:16.667
  • Because he didn't haveto say it.
  • 00:21:16.701 --> 00:21:19.270
  • Dr. Lindsell has done the mostmassive work on book
  • 00:21:19.303 --> 00:21:25.710
  • which he calls,"The Sacred Tenth."
  • 00:21:25.743 --> 00:21:30.047
  • In that book, he demonstratesfrom ancient literature
  • 00:21:30.081 --> 00:21:34.352
  • that the earliest people,the earliest people
  • 00:21:34.385 --> 00:21:37.321
  • from the Akkadiansto the Samaritans
  • 00:21:37.355 --> 00:21:39.924
  • and the Assyrians andthe Babylonians and the Greeks
  • 00:21:39.957 --> 00:21:42.993
  • and even the Hebrew peoplewho taught us that 10% is
  • 00:21:43.027 --> 00:21:47.798
  • the minimum,they all have practiced
  • 00:21:47.832 --> 00:21:51.102
  • what you call the sacred tenth.
  • 00:21:51.135 --> 00:21:52.937
  • Why?
  • 00:21:52.970 --> 00:21:54.271
  • Because we're createdin God's own image.
  • 00:21:54.305 --> 00:21:55.873
  • And because Adam and Evewas instructed to offer
  • 00:21:55.906 --> 00:21:58.376
  • a sacrifice to God,and therefore they passed it on.
  • 00:21:58.409 --> 00:22:00.878
  • Even when these nationshave become pagan,
  • 00:22:00.911 --> 00:22:03.681
  • they still practicedthe sacred tenth.
  • 00:22:03.714 --> 00:22:05.850
  • Abraham gave the sacredtenth of his entire net worth,
  • 00:22:05.883 --> 00:22:09.887
  • not just his income,to Melchizedek,
  • 00:22:09.920 --> 00:22:12.423
  • who's a type of Christ.
  • 00:22:12.456 --> 00:22:14.291
  • That was 400 years beforethe law was given to Moses.
  • 00:22:14.325 --> 00:22:18.462
  • So, nobody tells methat's legalistic.
  • 00:22:18.496 --> 00:22:21.399
  • Proportionate giving is bothfair and flexible.
  • 00:22:21.432 --> 00:22:26.971
  • If God had thunderedfrom heaven and says,
  • 00:22:27.004 --> 00:22:29.640
  • "I want every one of youto give $10.000,"
  • 00:22:29.673 --> 00:22:34.545
  • that would not be fair,would it?
  • 00:22:34.578 --> 00:22:36.981
  • For some peoplewith large income,
  • 00:22:37.014 --> 00:22:38.849
  • that wouldn't even touchtheir lifestyle.
  • 00:22:38.883 --> 00:22:42.953
  • And for Prospera students,
  • 00:22:42.987 --> 00:22:45.089
  • they probablyhaven't seen $10.000.
  • 00:22:45.122 --> 00:22:48.592
  • And that is why God does notthunder from heaven
  • 00:22:48.626 --> 00:22:51.128
  • an amount that tells useverybody should--
  • 00:22:51.162 --> 00:22:53.431
  • No, he said proportionate.
  • 00:22:53.464 --> 00:22:55.533
  • Now, here's a use of opinion,you know what to do with it,
  • 00:22:55.566 --> 00:22:57.968
  • okay?
  • 00:22:58.002 --> 00:22:59.370
  • When the tide of life comes in,the tenth is a starting place.
  • 00:22:59.403 --> 00:23:05.576
  • When the tide of life goes out,the tenth is the minimum.
  • 00:23:05.609 --> 00:23:13.217
  • Paul's final messageto the Corinthians is to give
  • 00:23:13.250 --> 00:23:17.421
  • with planned regularity,personal responsibility,
  • 00:23:17.455 --> 00:23:22.359
  • and proportionately.
  • 00:23:22.393 --> 00:23:24.995
  • My beloved friends,I want you to take
  • 00:23:25.029 --> 00:23:26.564
  • those three biblical principles,this biblical teaching,
  • 00:23:26.597 --> 00:23:32.069
  • and you lookat the risen Savior,
  • 00:23:32.102 --> 00:23:34.104
  • the center of our faith.
  • 00:23:34.138 --> 00:23:36.440
  • And look at wounded love,look at bleeding mercy,
  • 00:23:36.474 --> 00:23:39.577
  • and look at the empty tomb.
  • 00:23:39.610 --> 00:23:42.480
  • And say, "I know I'm supposedto be a responsible steward,
  • 00:23:42.513 --> 00:23:47.017
  • but I don't care."
  • 00:23:47.051 --> 00:23:49.119
  • I don't believe for a momentanybody here or even watching
  • 00:23:49.153 --> 00:23:51.856
  • around the world will be ableto do that.
  • 00:23:51.889 --> 00:23:54.024
  • I really don't believe it.
  • 00:23:54.058 --> 00:23:55.993
  • I believe all of uswould want to say,
  • 00:23:56.026 --> 00:23:57.828
  • "I want to give withplanned regularity,
  • 00:23:57.862 --> 00:24:01.265
  • and I want to give withpersonal responsibility,
  • 00:24:01.298 --> 00:24:04.168
  • and I want to giveproportionately."
  • 00:24:04.201 --> 00:24:06.470
  • But I know that this messagemay be premature to some of you,
  • 00:24:06.504 --> 00:24:11.709
  • that you have not yetsurrendered your life
  • 00:24:11.742 --> 00:24:13.677
  • to Jesus Christ.
  • 00:24:13.711 --> 00:24:16.981
  • This is premature for youbecause the Lord wants you
  • 00:24:17.014 --> 00:24:22.720
  • before he wants of the resourcesthat he gave you.
  • 00:24:22.753 --> 00:24:26.724
  • He wants your repentanceand he wants your faith,
  • 00:24:26.757 --> 00:24:29.493
  • and he wants your surrenderto him before he wants
  • 00:24:29.527 --> 00:24:32.196
  • what he's given you.
  • 00:24:32.229 --> 00:24:34.398
  • It is my ardent prayer thatfor those who know the Lord,
  • 00:24:34.765 --> 00:24:42.006
  • have been walkingwith the Lord for years,
  • 00:24:42.039 --> 00:24:44.208
  • and sat back and satback and sat back, and said,
  • 00:24:44.241 --> 00:24:47.878
  • "Somebody else will do it.
  • 00:24:47.912 --> 00:24:49.380
  • Somebody else will do it,"then you're missing out
  • 00:24:49.413 --> 00:24:51.448
  • on the unbelievable blessingthat God could absolutely open
  • 00:24:51.482 --> 00:24:54.585
  • the windows of heaven,as he himself promised.
  • 00:24:54.618 --> 00:24:58.022
  • I pray that you'll committo saying,
  • 00:24:58.055 --> 00:25:00.424
  • "Lord, today I'll become a brandnew steward of all the resources
  • 00:25:00.457 --> 00:25:06.030
  • that you placed in your hand,so help me Lord," amen?
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  • new sermon series beginningnext week,
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  • "Treasure That Lasts."
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