In this sermon, which is part of a series on spiritual gifts, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith talks about the gift of giving. Here are some excerpts:

The Definition

“…We might define the gift of giving as the supernatural capacity that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to contribute their material resources to the work of the Lord with outstanding liberality and cheerfulness…”

Developing Spiritual Gifts

“… [T]he gift of giving is the capacity to develop the ability to make and distribute money to further the cause of Christ around the world. Needless to say, this gift isn’t limited to the wealthy, the “super-rich,” in the Body of Christ. It is found among many believers who could never, by any stretch of the imagination, be called “wealthy.” Surely the finest example of this gift in the New Testament is the poor widow who put her two mites, all that she had, into the offering box (Mark l2:4l-44)…”

The Real Question

“…I’m going to say something now that may surprise you, and it is this—I don’t believe that every Christian who tithes necessarily has the spiritual gift of giving. And the reason for this doubt is that we keep asking ourselves the question, “How much can we give to the Lord?” Now I believe that Christians who have the gift of giving don’t ask that question at all. They ask another and a very searching question…”

“The question is not how much of my money can I give to God, but rather—how much of God’s money can I keep for myself?” And that is the question the person asks who has the gift of giving:…

‘How much of God’s money can I keep for myself?’”


The Gift of Giving. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

March 20, 1988

Romans 12:6, 8

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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