Speaker: Dan Knapp, Elder of Northwest Baptist Church
Theme: God’s people are called to sacrificial, joyful, faithful giving and given the privilege of witnessing God convert our worldly currency to kingdom currency.
Dan came to faith in college, married his wife Stacy in 2000, and has 4 children – Joshua (18), Merideth (16), Caleb (14), and Matthew (12). While attending churches in Chicago and Houston, Dan served as a Bible study and adult Sunday school leader. In early 2019, their family moved to Bellingham and joined Northwest Baptist Church. Dan became an elder of the church earlier this year.
Who – God’s people
From the beginning of mankind, God’s people have affirmed that God is the provider of all
things and acknowledged his provision by offering a portion back to him.
• Genesis 4:3-4
• Genesis 28:20-22
• Leviticus 27:30-32
• Malachi 3:6-10
What – Sacrificial, joyful giving
Sacrificial and joyful giving is kingdom-focused and not about rules and formulas.
• 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
• 2 Corinthians 9:6-9
• 1 Timothy 6:17-19
When – Faithful giving, frequently and routinely
As the Lord faithfully provides for us, we faithfully give back to him.
• Proverbs 3:9-10
• Nehemiah 10:35
• Ezekiel 44:30
Why – Obedience always leads to blessing
One of the many blessings of giving includes the privilege of witnessing God convert our worldly
currency to kingdom currency.
• Malachi 3:6-12
• Mark 12:41-44
———————- Considerations ———————-
Where – To local church primarily, plus well-deserving ministries as led
Outside of extraordinary circumstances, your local church body should be the primary recipient
• Philippians 4:10-20
How – Prioritize using a spending plan, review periodically, increase in small increments
Like many other spiritual disciplines, faithful, sacrificial, joyful giving takes intentional effort.
- Recount instances where God has provided for you or your family…
- What does sacrificial, joyful, faithful giving look like for you?
- What change could you make to more deeply pursue sacrificial, joyful, faithful giving?
- Have you seen God use generous people to do amazing things? If so, share those stories…