GIVING AND RECEIVING

Gregory Magruder       Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL     08/09/20
 
"Giving and Receiving”
Philippians 4:14-20
 
INTRODUCTION: The Lord Jesus said that It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).  The church at Philippi had demonstrated that in their support of the Apostle Paul.  Paul closes his letter with gratitude for their support and general instructions on giving and receiving. We read his comments in Philippians 4:14-20.
 
SHARE GENEROUSLY TO SUPPORT GOD’S WORK.
 
*Giving sustains the work and workers of Christian ministry. Paul describes giving as a fellowship. It is a partnership of sharing in God’s work. The Philippians had consistently participated in Paul’s ministry from the beginning. “Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.  And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again” (4:14-16).  
 
*The practice of giving is a spiritual investment with eternal dividends. Generosity is a Christian virtue and it increases love and compassion in the giver. "Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit” (4:17).
 
RECEIVE GRATEFULLY THE GIFTS OFFERED TO GOD.
 
*The recipient of the gift must recognize with gratitude the source of the gift. A gift given to God’s work and workers is really an offering to God. “I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God” (4:18).
 
TRUST GOD TO MEET YOUR EVERY NEED.
 
*The generous person opens the door to the riches of Heaven. God blesses those who love God and their fellow man. God will meet their every material and spiritual need. You can’t out-give God. “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen” (4:19-20).