Friday, June 25, 2010

BENJAMIN DUNN on generosity in the New Covenant....

Have you ever wondered how we should handle our finances now that we have come under grace?

Download (free) BENJAMIN DUNN's message on generosity in the New Covenant....called

"Hilariously happy generosity" preached at Gracelife Church in Durban, South Agrica (13th June)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Oh the glory of the gospel !!!

Oh the glory of the gospel of His unmerited favour, counting us worthy of going to a gruesome death, that being crucifixion!!! He loves us so much that He layed down HIS life for us...Dying that we might live, cursed that we might inherit blessing, oh the glory of the gospel of grace!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Giving and the Church

"This is the final article in the tithing series and I want to answer some questions that might have been raised through the previous three. I suggest you read those first before reading this one. (Read Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3) If you have any questions, please write to us at

1. So does this mean I don’t have to tithe?

Yes. You do not have to tithe. Tithing was a practice demanded under the law to celebrate the increase God already gave you, by holding a feast with other people. Only animals and produce were to be tithed. The act of tithing was done by holding a feast with 10% of the increase of your livestock and produce and by inviting the Levites, orphans, widows, strangers and other people in your city to join you in a celebration of God’s goodness.

2. So does this mean I can stop giving to the church?

Giving and tithing are not the same thing. You do not have to tithe, and technically, you do not have to give either. But if you have the nature of God, the new nature of a born-again believer, you will exhibit the characteristics of God’s nature. His nature is to give. If you have a desire to give, then give. That is God’s nature and Spirit in you seeking expression through you. If you lift the law of tithing off of people and giving decreases as a result, it shows the people’s hearts were never expressing the desires of God anyway. If you remove the law of tithing and giving remains the same or increases, then you know the desires of the people are in tune with God’s will, they were just inhibited and strangled by religiosity. God is not under law, yet He gives. You are not under any laws or obligations to give either, but like God, you can’t help it because it is your nature.

3. Why then do we give to the church?

Eph 4:11-12 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ (NKJV)

If your church is serving and equipping you, then support them. If they are not serving and equipping you, why do you go there? Or more importantly, if they are not equipping you, why are they there? Find a place or ministry that is actually serving the body and support them. The more support they have, the more time they can spend serving you. (Also see 1 Cor 16:2-3)

4. Why do we support them financially?

Though we are not FROM this world, we do live IN this world. If you like going to a big flashy building with good sound and effects, then remember that all those things cost money. If you go there and you enjoy it and are being served, then support them. They have bills to pay. If you meet in somebody’s home, often times they are footing the bill for drinks and snacks. Help them by offering to buy some stuff, washing the dishes, bringing stuff from home. Help one another by serving one another. (Also see Rom 12:13)

5. Why doesn’t the church just trust God for the money?

They are. But you are God’s answer to most of the prayers prayed in this world. When you pray for revival, God is going to send on-fire believers. If you ask for provision, He will send somebody with money to bring that provision. God sends people to DO His will. So if you can help meet the needs of your church by giving finances, then that is a good thing. If you can’t give financially, find out where they might need volunteers and give yourself as a living sacrifice. Giving is God’s nature. Giving is your nature too.

6. So are there any do’s and don’t for giving?

Do’s and don’ts are tricky. They tend to come off as laws. Yet there is a practicality that is good to adhere to. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians is all about this. He wrote to them telling them how to use the gifts and how not to use the gifts. Was he giving them laws? No, he was just being practical and wise. He never told them they needed to start using the gifts because they were using the gifts more than any other church at that time. Yet they were using the gifts wrongly. You can use your gifts wrongly too. How do you use or do something good in a wrong and improper way? By doing it without love. (1 Cor 13). Giving without love is useless. You can accomplish a lot without love, but nothing that is eternal. Below are a few do’s and don’ts I personally stick to when it comes to giving:

When To Give:

  1. When you can meet a need. (Matt 25:34-45; )
  2. When you are happy to. (2 Cor 9:7)
  3. When you are being equipped, served and edified by somebody. (2 Cor 9:10-11, 1 Cor 16:2-3)

When NOT to Give:

  1. When you feel guilty or condemned for not giving. (2 Cor 3:4-9)
  2. When you are told you have to give before God will bless you. (Acts 8:20-21)
  3. When you are afraid God will curse you if you don’t give. (Gal 3:13-14)
  4. Anytime really where giving is commanded as a law and that not giving would result in a negative effect.

7. What did Jesus say about giving?

Mark 12:41-44 Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. 42 Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. 43 So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; 44 for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” (NKJV)

  • Jesus doesn’t look at how much you give. He looks at why you give. Your motives far outweigh the amount you give. Always has, always will.

Luke 11:41-42 But rather give alms of such things as you have; then indeed all things are clean to you. 42 “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. (NKJV)

  • Justice, mercy and love is more important than what is given. Give to let justice reign. Give to show mercy. Give as an act of love.

8. What did Paul say about giving?

2 Cor 9:7-8 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (NKJV)

  • You can decide how much of something you want to give. You can give 10%, you can give 100%. You can even give 0%.
  • Give cheerfully. NEVER give out of obligation, necessity, stipulation, duty or requirement.
  • Give with thanksgiving.

1 Cor 16:2-3 On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. 3 Then, when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem. (NIV)

  • Support those people who are in ministry and on mission trips.
  • Note Paul said you need to chose who you approve of, and then support them.
  • Also note how he says that he DOESN’T want to be going around collecting money, but that he expects believers to take responsibility to make sure those people get the support they need.

Rom 12:13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. (NIV)

  • Share means to partake together. If you want to share food, go eat with the person you are sharing with. Otherwise they might think you are only showing them pity.
  • PRACTICE hospitality, kindness, and generosity. That means if it doesn’t come naturally, do it until it does!

Don’t worry so much about what to give, instead, let God’s generous giving nature be expressed through you in the way that you give, the way that you serve and the way that you meet needs with what you’ve been entrusted with.

Bless you all!"


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bind us together Lord...Bind us together

"How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.....For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. (psalm 133:1-3) ...

Now, when a man preaches grace, he will be accused of causing disunity, and he will be threatened with "God is going to stop the blessing in your life"...but, for some or other reason the blessing keeps flowing for him...mmmm

If you think about it, a man can be sent to the moon, as long as the people doing it are unified...So often we think we have unity but its not real...on the surface, it looks great...but start to preach grace and BAM! Next minute all sorts of cracks start appearing...why?...Eph 2:14 says that the law brings disunity (so grace brings real unity), ... that's why Jesus abolished the law, to make the two, bring unity...When we mix law and grace, we have to keep the unity with all sorts of control tactics...and we don't need the Holy Spirit for that we just need good management skills.

Hey, am i trying to be contentious, ABSOLUTELY NOT!! Jesus said you would KNOW the truth and the truth would set you free...the truth in and of itself wont bring freedom, one has to KNOW the truth for freedom to come...There is a shaking that's taking place in the church today...that shaking is showing the "unity" for what it is...God wants ...unity of the faith, resulting in maturity, signs and wonders and His everlasting glory, not unity of philosophical ideas, resulting in secular humanistic management programs masquerading as His thing...

If you are a Believer and you are reading this, even if you don't know what i am talking about, chances are, you probably agree with me!

Grace, grace, grace and more greasy grace to you all....