Marshfield church of Christ
610 S. Marshall P O Box 458, Marshfield Mo 65706
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Jan 15 17

Giving as Worship
By Sam Willcut
Paul declared to the Corinthians that they were to give on Sunday as God prospered them, taking up a collection that they would use later to glorify God through the benevolent actions of the church (1 Cor. 16:1-2). In his second letter to them, he encouraged them to become cheerful givers (2 Cor. 9:7). As we approach the subject of giving, we want to look at its relationship to worship. By noting some lessons regarding worship, we conversely ought to see the nature of giving as worship to God.

Learning from Abel, worship involves sacrifice. During the Patriarchal and Mosaic dispensations, sacrifices redominately included their livestock of lambs, bulls, or goats.  Other sacrifices outlined in the book of Leviticus included grain. All of these denoted that man was to give something valuable from himself to God as a means of approaching God in worship. Today, we do not give the same type of physical things (Heb. 10:4). Christ gave Himself as our perfect sacrifice (Heb. 9:24-28), but as we approach God in worship, we still must approach Him with this
same attitude—we sacrifice ourselves (Rom. 10:1) as we sacrifice our money.  Speaking of sacrificial givers, Paul used the churches of Macedonia as examples of those who “first gave their own selves to the Lord” (2 Cor. 8:5). In the context of their giving, he praised them because “their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality” (2 Cor. 8:2). Thus, God blesses the one who gives sacrificially, because the worshipper understands the need to worship God with sacrifice. Contrast this with the attitude David avoided in his desire to build an altar of worship and sacrifice (2 Sam. 24:21). When Araunah wanted to give it to him for free, David responded, “Nay, but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing” (2 Sam. 24:24). 

Therefore, proper worship to God involves a cost—it involves giving.  In fact, the Hebrew writer referred to the worshipful sacrifices of Abel as “gifts” (Heb. 11:4). We ought to look upon worship as our gift to God, and thus, our giving as worship. If a stingy person only gives a little to God, he likely will be tempted to think little of his worship. Rather than selfishly thinking of ourselves, we ought to be thinking, “What may I offer to God that will please him?” Consequently, a failure to have this attitude has tragically led some to express, “Well, I did not get anything out of worship.”

Paul stated that giving proves “the sincerity of your love” (2 Cor. 8:8). God does not need our money, but because He understands the severity of the sin of covetousness (Luke 12:15), it is a method of proving our love to God within our worship to Him. By such, I believe we can see a shadow of this principle when the Israelites freely gave towards the construction of the tabernacle (Ex. 35-36)—they gave until Moses had to restrain them (Ex. 36:6-7). In other words, the redeemed heart that truly appreciates redemption will have no problem giving as worship
to God!

Our giving in worship reminds us of the giving that God has done on our behalf (2 Cor. 8:9). Jesus sacrificed the riches of glory for my redemption (Eph. 2:4-7). God did not give His Son to die out of pressure or duty (cf. John 3:16); neither did Jesus give Himself up out of pressure or duty (John 10:18; Eph. 5:25). Our giving is a reciprocation of such that praises the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for what they did to make redemption possible!

Therefore, our ultimate purpose in giving is to glorify God—this is what we do in worship. To illustrate, consider the scenario that we had lost everything. Brethren from all over would respond and help us in time of need. How would we respond to such an outpouring of Christian love? Would we not immediately praise God and thank Him for touching the lives of individuals through the gospel, changing selfish hearts into unselfish hearts (Acts 20:35) to sacrifice and help us in our time of need? In 2 Corinthians 8- 9, Paul explains that this is exactly what happens whenever we give as a means of worship. The  psalmist asked, “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?” (Psa. 116:12). As we worship God, we are truly able to say, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2 Cor. 9:15).

    News and Events and Announcements

    January’s fellowship meal will be today followed by a budget presentation and a devotional. No Sunday night
    No men’s business meeting this
    Note from Jerry and Carlene Branstetter. We want to thank everyone for their prayers, cards and donation
    to Fair Haven Children’s Home in memory of Darrel Hudson, Carlene’s brother.

    Fair Haven Children's Home Needs
    Dry Goods/Cooking
    Chocolate Syrup
    Microwave Popcorn
    Pam Spray
    Chili Powder
    Chocolate Chips
    Miracle Whip
    Taco Sauce
    Enchilada Sauce
    Gravy Mixes
    Canned Pineapple
    Green Olives
    Green Peas
    Canned Mandarin Oranges
    Black Olives
    Canned Peaches
    Canned Fruit Cocktail
    Canned Goods
    Canned Chicken
    Refried Beans
    Bar Soap
    Hair Conditioner
    Dishwashing Liquid
    Dishwashing Powder
    Liquid Fabric Softener
    Canned Juices
    Aluminum Foil
    Freezer Bags – Quart
    Freezer Bags – Gallon
    Plastic Wrap
    Storage Bags - Quart
    Storage Bags - Gallon
    Trash Bags - 33 Gallon
    Trash Bags - 13 Gal.

    Privileged to Serve
    Song Leader: Ken Williams
    Lord’s Table: John Marshand (In charge), Alan Lamb, Trenton Kanengieter, JustinKanengieter
    Opening Prayer: Josh Page
    Closing Prayer:Ashton Page
    Sermon : Eddie Watkins

    Worship Coordinator:
    David Doherty
    Announcements: Bob Lewis
    Cathy Thompson, Wanda

    Song Leader: Jerry Cruise
    Lord’s Table: Robert Comer
    Opening Prayer:Jim Cruise
    Closing Prayer:William Wood
    Sermon: Eddie Watkins

    Devotional: Roy Phillips
    Song Leader: Ken Williams
    Prayer: Luther Sheppard

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Special Prayer Request
Tiffany Sanders will have surgery ‘Tuesday,
the 17th
JoAnne Lawrence is having hip problems.
She has an appointment with an orthopedic
surgeon Jan. 24th.
Beth Adams of the Strafford congregation is
starting an experimental course of treatment.
Connie Isis and grandson are slowly doing
Pat Cruise’s brother broke his hip and is
recovering from surgery
Ethel Dill at the passing of her sister
Continue to pray for Daniel Henslee and
family, Steve & Michelle’s son-in-.
Lee Hampton, uncle of Travis is having
health issues.
Allysa Richardson’s daughter (Nicole
Hampton’s friend.) is ill.
Tracy Cruise will see a neurosurgeon Jan.
Janet Penn will have surgery January 27th.
Bonnie Doherty is recovering at Webco.
Thelma, Suzi Doty’s Mother-in-law.
Larry Hicks is recuperating at home and
healing nicely. He will be able to walk in 5 weeks
Jim Chittendon, friend of Ron and Cathy
Thompson (member of the Lord’s church)
diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Robert Comer’s step-dad Ray is having problems
with his blood.
Karen Burney, undergoing gastric surgery.
Tim Warden, Janet Haffner’s brother has
contracted leukemia.
Beth Adams of the Strafford congregation is
starting a new course of treatment.
Cathy Thompson and family at the passing of
Glen Ed Sinclair, her uncle.
Wanda Jennings, friend of Norma has cancer.
Andy Novinger who is fighting Thyroid Cancer.
Magdalena Ospina — Terminally ill with

Remember the home bound

  •  Paul and Ernestine Sandoz
  •  Estelline Jones
  •  Ina Gillette (Colonial Springs in Buffalo)
  •  Pat Lamb (Marshfield Care Center)
  •  Judy Barrow (Webco East)
  •  Bonnie Doherty (Webco East)
  •  Zoe Lawless of Conway (Webco)
  •  Rosalie Rosenberger (Thad Layne’s sister) is in a nursing home in Jax, FL



    Statistics for Jan. 8, 2017
    AM Worship 94
    PM Worship 69
    Midweek 70
    Total Contribution $1956
    January Birthdays
    Donna Demshar 
    Jim Cruise 
    Hunter Nash 
    Jerry Cruise 
    John Nash 
    Terry Cruise 
    Ruth McMasters 
    Ian Thompson 
    Jason Whittington 
    Tonia Tillman 
    Patsy Layne 
    Taylor Page 
    January Anniversaries
    Bob & Kay Lewis