Church Giving During COVID: Reasons for Optimism
God’s people are still giving, churches are learning from this pandemic, and God is still faithful.
October 26, 2020
Preaching is a joy for pastors. It's an opportunity for you to share the gospel, teach the Bible, and help people live and love like Jesus.
But here’s the deal with preaching: It can be exhausting.
Every Sunday you have to prepare a new sermon for your church.
This means you’ll probably set aside 10 to 18 hours to make preparations, which can be a miracle in and of itself.
For some pastors, preparing your sermon isn’t a problem. You happen to pastor a larger congregation, and you have supporting staff who can assist you with administrative tasks, counseling, and tending to the life of your church.
For most church leaders, preparing your sermon can be difficult.
You pastor a smaller congregation, you lack the support of staff, and you’re running in a thousand directions.
What does this have to do with sermons about giving?
Talking about money is tough.
Talking about tithing in the Bible, giving, and generosity may cause your hands to shake violently when you reach for your glass of water:
When you approach this topic from your pulpit, there are specific points you want to focus on, and there are ten mistakes you want to avoid when talking about money.
To help you think through the different angles you can take or discover new illustrations, listening to (or watching or reading transcripts) sermons on giving and generosity can be a source of inspiration.
Recently, we gathered together several sermons by pastors from a variety of backgrounds on the generosity and giving.
The sermons below are listed in no particular order or preference.
As you’re able, listen to, watch, or read the transcripts of these sermons as a source of inspiration or for insights on how to talk about giving in your church.
Rick Warren, founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life.
Brian Houston, global senior pastor of Hillsong Church.
Robert Morris, the founding senior pastor of Gateway Church.
In this sermon series, Dr. John MacArthur walks through the following topics:
Click here to listen to the sermons or read the sermon manuscripts.
This sermon was preached by Dr. John Piper.
Dr. Piper is the founder of Desiring God and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.
To listen to this sermon or read the manuscript, click here.
Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church and the founder of the Passion movement.
Click here to listen to or read the sermon manuscript of “Giving that Hurts.”
This sermon was preached by Dr. Derek Thomas, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and the senior minister at First Presbyterian Church.
Matt Chandler, the pastor of The Village Church.
Mark Driscoll, senior and founding pastor of Trinity Church.
In this sermon series, The Austin Stone Community Church preached three sermons:
Tim Keller led this sermon series on generosity at Redeemer Church.
For this series, Dr. Keller shows what it means to be generous with our time, in our relationships, and with our money.
Dr. Keller covers the following topics:
Click here to listen to the entire sermon series.
Dave Stone, pastor at Southeast Christian Church.