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1 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “It is an anomaly of modern life that many find giving to be a burden. Such persons have omitted a preliminary giving. If one first gives himself to the Lord, all other giving is easy.” — John S. Bonnell (1893-1992), pastor and author

2 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Total Christian [including nominal] income in the United States is $5.2 trillion annually, nearly half of the world’s total Christian income. — David B. Barrett and Todd M. Johnson, “World Christian Trends AD 30-AD 2000: Interpreting the Annual Christian Megacensus” (Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2001), 551.

3 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth. — Deuteronomy 8:18

4 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Evangelical Christians comprise an estimated 35 percent of the U.S. population, or about 100 million people. — Larry Eskridge, “Defining Evangelicalism” (Wheaton, Ill.: Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, n.d.).

5 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. — Psalm 24:1

6 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “You hear a lot of strange things about tithing. Some say it is a church tax, and they expect me to pay it and that is the end of it. Others say that when I give God one-tenth of my income, He blesses the nine-tenths that is left to the extent that the nine-tenths now goes as far as the whole thing used to go. This isn’t really true, is it? Suppose a farmer had 100 bushels of corn in the barn and he decides to plant 10 bushels in the ground. What multiplies? Is it the 90 bushels that he has left in the barn? Oh, no. All of us ‘farmers’ know it is the 10 bushels you put in the ground that multiplies. Similarly, it is the 10 percent you give to God that multiplies.” — Stanley Tam (1915-), American businessman and philanthropist

7 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat … each of us will give an account of himself to God. — Romans 14:10-12

8 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) From 1968 to 2000, members of U.S. evangelical Protestant denominations gave larger dollar amounts and larger portions of income to their churches than did members of mainline Protestant denominations. — John L. Ronsvalle and Sylvia Ronsvalle, “The State of Church Giving through 2000” (Champaign, Ill.: Empty Tomb, 2002), 23.

9 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Eighty percent of the world’s evangelical wealth is in North America—and the total represents way more than enough to fund the fulfillment of the Great Commission. — Ron Blue, “Generous Living: Finding Contentment through Giving” (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Publishing House, 1997), 201.

10 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “One of the greatest missing teachings in the American church today is the reminder to men and women that nothing we have belongs to us.” — Gordon MacDonald, American pastor and teacher

11 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “Wealth shines in giving rather than in hoarding: for the miser is hateful, whereas the generous man is applauded.” — [Anicius Manlius Severinus] Boethius (480-524?), Roman statesman and philosopher and Christian martyr

12 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “I will place no value on anything I have or possess except in relation to the Kingdom of Christ. If anything I have will advance that Kingdom, it shall be given or kept whichever will best promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my hopes, both for time and eternity.” — David Livingstone (1813-73), Scottish missionary and explorer of Africa

13 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “Be charitable before wealth makes thee covetous.” — Sir Thomas Browne (1605-82), English writer

14 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) [Moses] chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. — Hebrews 11:25-26

15 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) The length of our days is seventy years—or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. — Psalm 90:10

16 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. — 1 Timothy 6:9-10

17 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “Liberality in giving is a good sign of a genuine revival.” — Thomas E. Peck (1822-93), American preacher and writer

18 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) God loves a cheerful giver. — 2 Corinthians 9:7

19 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. — Luke 6:38

20 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “I never would have been able to tithe the first million dollars I ever made if I had not tithed my first salary, which was $1.50 per week.” — John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (1839-1937), American industrialist and philanthropist

21 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “The world asks, ‘What does a man own?’ Christ asks, ‘How does he use it?’ ” — Andrew Murray (1828-1917), South African evangelist and writer

22 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “We are rich only through what we give: and poor only through what we refuse and keep.” — Anne Swetchine (1782-1857), Russian-French writer

23 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. — 1 Corinthians 4:2

24 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Thirty-three percent of U.S. born-again Christians say it is impossible for them to get ahead in life because of the financial debt they have incurred. — George Barna, “Barna Research Archives: Money” (Barna Research Group)

25 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. — 2 Corinthians 9:10-13

26 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “I was happier when I was doing a mechanic’s job.” — Henry Ford (1863-1947), American industrialist

27 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “I believe with all of my heart that God’s people possess God’s provision to accomplish and fulfill God’s purposes in the world.” — Joel Vestal, founder of ServLife International

28 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “I was once young and now I am old, but not once have I been witness to God’s failure to supply my need when first I had given for the furtherance of His work. He has never failed in His promise, so I cannot fail in my service to Him.” — William Carey (1761-1834), Baptist missionary to India

29 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “The principal hindrance to the advancement of the kingdom of God is greed. It is the chief obstacle to heaven-sent revival. It seems that when the back of greed is broken, the human spirit soars into regions of unselfishness. I believe that it is safe to say there can be no continuous revival without ‘hilarious’ giving. And I fear no contradiction: wherever there is ‘hilarious’ giving there will soon be revival!” — O.S. Hawkins, U.S. Baptist pastor

30 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “If we believe heaven to be our country, it is better for us to transmit our wealth thither, than to retain it here, where we may lose it by a sudden removal.” — John Calvin (1509-64), French theologian and reformer

31 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity.” — John Wesley (1703-91), English evangelist and founder of Methodism

32 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) The average donation by adults who attend U.S. Protestant churches is about $17 a week. — George Barna, “How to Increase Giving in Your Church: A Practical Guide to the Sensitive Task of Raising Money for Your Church or Ministry” (Ventura, Calif.: Regal Books, 1997), 20.

33 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) A majority of people alive today do not know the Savior. This includes: 1.19 billion Muslims, 811 million Hindus, 360 million Buddhists, 228 million ethnoreligionists, 23 million Sikhs, 14 million Jews, 768 million agnostics, and 150 million atheists. — David B. Barrett and Todd M. Johnson, “World Christian Trends AD 30-AD 2000: Interpreting the Annual Christian Megacensus” (Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2001), 551.

34 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep. — Ecclesiastes 5:12

35 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” — Malachi 3:10b

36 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Of all the people who have ever lived, it is believed that half of them are living today. — Bill Bright, quoted in Ron Blue with Jodie Berndt, “Generous Living: Finding Contentment through Giving” (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Publishing House, 1997), 201.

37 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) About 1.6 billion people have never heard the life-saving good news in this sentence: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). — David B. Barrett and Todd M. Johnson, “World Christian Trends AD 30-AD 2000: Interpreting the Annual Christian Megacensus” (Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2001), 52.

38 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Overall, only 3 to 5 percent of Americans who donate money to a church tithe (give a tenth of) their incomes though many more claim to do so. — George Barna, “How to Increase Giving in Your Church: A Practical Guide to the Sensitive Task of Raising Money for Your Church or Ministry” (Ventura, Calif.: Regal Books, 1997), 20.

39 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Each man’s life is but a breath. — Psalm 39:5b

40 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) More than 1 billion people live in absolute poverty. This includes: 700 million people living in slums, 500 million people on the verge of starvation, 93 million beggars, and 200 million children exploited for labor. — David B. Barrett and Todd M. Johnson, “World Christian Trends AD 30-AD 2000: Interpreting the Annual Christian Megacensus (Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2001), 34.

41 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Every year, 27 million people profess faith in Christ as Savior for the first time. — David B. Barrett and Todd M. Johnson, “World Christian Trends AD 30-AD 2000: Interpreting the Annual Christian Megacensus” (Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2001), 52.

42 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. — 1 Timothy 6:17-18

43 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Over the next 50 years, between $41 trillion and $136 trillion will pass from older Americans to younger generations, suggesting that roughly $1 trillion to $3 trillion in wealth will change hands every year. — John J. Havens and Paul G. Schervish, “Why the $41 Trillion Wealth Transfer Estimate Is Still Valid: A Review of Challenges and Questions,” The Journal of Gift Planning 7, no. 1 (January 2003), 11-15, 47-50.

44 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) The church has grown more in the 20th century than in all the previous 19 centuries since the time of Christ combined, with almost 2 billion adherents worldwide. — David B. Barrett and Todd M. Johnson, “World Christian Trends AD 30-AD 2000: Interpreting the Annual Christian Megacensus” (Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2001), 19 and 551.

45 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) The current ranks of 81 million believers in China are expected to swell to 135 million by 2025. The 50 million faithful in India could mushroom to 125 million by 2050. And today’s census of 90 million Christians in Africa is likely to explode to 1 billion in 2050. — David B. Barrett and Todd M. Johnson, “World Christian Trends AD 30-AD 2000: Interpreting the Annual Christian Megacensus” (Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2001), 405ff.

46 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) In 2000, American evangelicals collectively made $2.66 trillion in income. — David B. Barrett and Todd M. Johnson, “World Christian Trends AD 30-AD 2000: Interpreting the Annual Christian Megacensus” (Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2001), 657.

47 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Among evangelicals, almost 90 cents of every donated dollar goes to their churches. The proportion drops, however, as people’s spiritual intensity and commitment to Christ decline. — George Barna, quoted in “Survey Finds Americans More Generous Last Year,” press release by World Vision, July 22, 2002.

48 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) It is more blessed to give than to receive. — Acts 20:35

49 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” — Matthew 25:21

50 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. — Matthew 6:19-21

51 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) The land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants. — Leviticus 25:23

52 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Worldwide, Great Commission Christians have personal income totaling $6.8 trillion a year. — David B. Barrett and Todd M. Johnson, “World Christian Trends AD 30-AD 2000: Interpreting the Annual Christian Megacensus” (Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2001), 659.

53 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “The silver is mine and the gold is mine,” declares the Lord Almighty. — Haggai 2:8

54 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) If members of historically Christian churches in the United States had raised their giving to the Old Testament’s minimum standard of giving (10 percent of income) in 2000, an additional $139 billion a year would become available. — John L. Ronsvalle and Sylvia Ronsvalle, “The State of Church Giving through 2000” (Champaign, Ill.: Empty Tomb, 2002), 51.

55 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Our citizenship is in heaven. — Philippians 3:20

56 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) In 2000, nearly 97 percent of the entire income of all Christian organizations was spent on, and primarily benefited, other Christians at home or abroad: $261 billion spent on ministering to Christians, $7.8 billion on already-evangelized non-Christians, and $0.81 billion on unevangelized non-Christians. — David B. Barrett and Todd M. Johnson, “World Christian Trends AD 30-AD 2000: Interpreting the Annual Christian Megacensus” (Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2001), 661.

57 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “Watch lest prosperity destroy generosity.” — Henry Ward Beecher (1813-87), American abolitionist and clergyman

58 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “Things themselves do not remain, but their effects do. Therefore we should not be mean and calculating with what we have but give with a generous hand. Look at how much people give to players and dancers—why not give just as much to Christ?” — John Chrysostom (347-407), early church father

59 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Among church members of 11 primary Protestant denominations (or their historical antecedents) in the United States and Canada, per-member giving as a percentage of income was lower in 2000 than in either 1921 or 1933. In 1921, per-member giving as a percentage of income was 2.9 percent. In 1933, at the depth of the Great Depression, per-member giving grew to 3.3 percent. By 2000, after a half-century of unprecedented prosperity, giving had fallen to 2.6 percent. — John L. Ronsvalle and Sylvia Ronsvalle, “The State of Church Giving through 2000” (Champaign, Ill.: Empty Tomb, 2002), 40.

60 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.” — Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer

61 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless … I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner, or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when he has a son there is nothing left for him. — Ecclesiastes 5:10, 13-14

62 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) In 2001 American evangelicals gave a mean of $3,601 per capita to nonprofit organizations, which is high when compared to other demographic groups. — George Barna, “Americans Were More Generous in 2001 Than in 2000,” news release by Barna Research Group, April 9, 2002.

63 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. — Luke 12:33

64 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) In 2001, American evangelicals gave four times as much, per person, to churches as did all other church donors in 2001. Eighty-eight percent of evangelicals and 73 percent of all Protestants donated to churches. — George Barna, “Americans Were More Generous in 2001 Than in 2000,” news release by Barna Research Group, April 9, 2002.

65 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us— see that you also excel in this grace of giving. — 2 Corinthians 8:7

66 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. — John 3:16

67 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) You are not your own; you were bought at a price. — 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

68 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) “I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditures excludes them.” — C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), English author and scholar

69 Copyright © 2005, Generous Giving, Inc. (www.GenerousGiving.org) Every day 166,000 people hear the good news of Jesus Christ for the first time. — David B. Barrett and Todd M. Johnson, “World Christian Trends AD 30-AD 2000: Interpreting the Annual Christian Megacensus” (Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2001), 52.


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