Our God is a giving God. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that giving is a key theme in the Scriptures — second only to salvation. Like the early church, Kingsland is a generous and giving church. Your gifts enable us to invite others, from Katy to the ends of the earth, to find true fulfillment in Jesus Christ one home at a time.
The Old Testament story of Abraham teaches us some important lessons about giving.
Read Genesis 14:17-24
1. Giving is Voluntary | Giving is a natural thing when you appreciate or love someone. Abraham offered the priest Melchizedek a tenth of everything he had. He did so voluntarily and not out of obligation.
In what ways do you acknowledge that everything you have is a gift from God and that you are a steward of what He has given you?
2. Generosity Costs Something | We should give because we want to and not because we have to or ought to. Abraham did not give his leftovers to the Lord. Instead, he gave a planned portion in recognition that the Lord is the Possessor of heaven and earth.
Which of the following best describe why you give?
• I give because I have to (giving according to the law).
• I give because I ought to (giving according to guilt).
• I give because I want to (giving according to grace).
3. Giving is an Indicator | Abraham refused to express dependence on anyone but God. His giving was an indication that he deeply loved and worshiped God. This is also the first time in Scripture that giving is mentioned in the context of worship.
What does your giving indicate about your worship?
Discussion: Consider where you are on the giving ladder and how you can take a step or steps of faith toward a life of increasing generosity.
• First Time Giver
• Emerging Giver
• Consistent Giver
• Bold Giver