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Giving and Thanksgiving in the Church

Pastors  School 2000-South Australia, Evening Sessions

See also the Morning Session Papers

Giving and Thanksgiving in the Church: Adelaide Ministry School 2000: Evening Sessions

Rev. Geoffrey Bingham

© Rev. Geoffrey Bingham

Subject: giving

Book Code: 363

Pages: 64 pp, Book

Pub. Date: 2000

ISBN: 0 86408 238 X

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Giving and ThanksgivingSummary: 

Today Christian 'giving' seems to be only in terms of money and techniques to ensure that church finances are secure. This is not the primary matter of the Bible—or the Pastors' School—although it does come under consideration.

The heart of the subject is that God is the only Giver, that there is a circuit of His giving, that is, our receiving from God and our giving to the world out of the gifts we have been given. There is worship in which we give to God what we have received from Him directly and through the giving of others.

This is the practical worship of thanksgiving that completes the Divine-human gift of giving. It involves grace towards thankless, sinful human beings and the brilliant transformation of their lives which leads towards theosis, i.e. the participation in God Himself.

Church living and church giving can lead to deadness whilst being in the circuit of giving- God to Man to God and Man and on again to God can bring beautiful and transforming lives- 'God so loved that He gave!'

All Sessions By Geoffrey Bingham

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