Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Principle of First: Testing the Heart

This is neither a sermon outline nor an attempt to present the sermon.  It is a collection of telling statements the auditor heard this morning.  
Luke 16:10-13  Read the scripture.  Actually, start with verse one.

Under the Old Testament law, the first born must either be sacrificed, if it is "clean" or redeemed if it is "unclean."  Redemption of the unclean is an Old Testament principle.  In keeping with this principle of substitutionary atonement, Christ stepped in to take our place.
"While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

The first-fruits must be given to God.  God always requires the first.  In Genesis we read of the sacrifices of Abel and Cain.  Why did God accept Abel's offering and reject Cain's?
Abel gave of the first fruits.  Cain sometime after the harvest offered "leftovers."

The tithe must be first.
Tithing is a test; it is biblical; it is a minimum of gifts, not the maximum.

The O.T. taught that God's people should render to Him a tenth.  Jesus upped that.  He said we are to give our all.

Think about this.  Jesus gave His all that we might have eternal life.  The least we can do is offer our all to Him in return.

Tithing is a faith issue.  Allow the Holy Spirit to examine you heart, your motives, your faithfulness.

"I need Thee, oh, I need Thee; every hour I need thee.
Oh, bless me now my Savior, I come to thee.

Pastor Johnnie Blair
Sunday morning

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