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Sermon By Rev. Remi Awopegba Sermon By Rev. Remi Awopegba

BECOMING A KINGDOM HERO/HEROINE THROUGH GIVING TEXT: Exodus 25: 1 -2, 8 -9; Matt BECOMING A KINGDOM HERO/HEROINE THROUGH GIVING TEXT: Exodus 25: 1 -2, 8 -9; Matt 26: 6 -13

INTRODUCTION l. According to Longman Dictionary, a hero or heroine is a man or INTRODUCTION l. According to Longman Dictionary, a hero or heroine is a man or woman who is admired for doing something extremely brave or special or unique. l. You can become a war hero; or the hero of a film, book or play.

 But the greatest of these is becoming a hero in the kingdom of But the greatest of these is becoming a hero in the kingdom of heaven The Bible is replete with heroes and heroines whose names are put on the hall of fame in God’s kingdom.

 These set of heroes/ heroines are not announced on the radio or TV. These set of heroes/ heroines are not announced on the radio or TV. Their names do not appear on newspapers neither are they given any publicity by the journalist. Some of these heroes of faith are catalogued in Heb 11: 1 -40. Through giving, many have become heroes or heroines of God’s kingdom.

SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLES OF HEROES/ HERINE THROUGH GIVING 1. ABEL- Heb 11: 4 - “He SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLES OF HEROES/ HERINE THROUGH GIVING 1. ABEL- Heb 11: 4 - “He offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous; God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

2. ABRAHAM: Heb 11: 17 - “By faith, Abraham, when he was tried, offered 2. ABRAHAM: Heb 11: 17 - “By faith, Abraham, when he was tried, offered Isaac: and he that has received the promised offered of his only begotten son. ” 3. The widow with her mite.

4. The woman with the alabaster box of precious ointment- Matt 26: 13 “ 4. The woman with the alabaster box of precious ointment- Matt 26: 13 “ Verily, I say into you, wheresoever this gospel shall be preached there shall also this, that this woman done be told for a memorial of her. ” - Jesus immortalized her name - Her name has entered into what is more than the Guinness book of record. Hers is the GOODNESS BOOK OF RECORDS.

WHY THIS LAUNCHING In obedience to the command of the Lord. Evangelism The Great WHY THIS LAUNCHING In obedience to the command of the Lord. Evangelism The Great Commission- Matt 28: 18 -20; Matt 16: 15; Luke 24: 46; John 20: 21; Acts 1: 8 The Lord has provided a suitable place to build a SANCTAURY for the Lord along Ibadan- Oyo Express Way- Moniya area.

THE LORD COMMANDED THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL TO BUILD A SANCTUARY Exodus 25: 1 THE LORD COMMANDED THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL TO BUILD A SANCTUARY Exodus 25: 1 -2, 8 -9 - the children of Israel to bring an offering, let them make a sanctuary that I may dwell among them. Exodus 21; 1 -4 - God called anointed a foreman Bezaleel, the Son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah (Exo. 35: 30 -33, 36: 2)

 The Lord’s command- Exo. 35: 5, 25: 2 - none shall appear before The Lord’s command- Exo. 35: 5, 25: 2 - none shall appear before me empty Exo. 34: 20 The people’s response: Exo. 35: 21, 29 The people were being restrained fro further giving, as the y gave beyond above requests. Exo. 36: 5 -7

THE HEROINE ACCLAIMED BY JESUS- MATT 26: 6 -13 The women came to honour THE HEROINE ACCLAIMED BY JESUS- MATT 26: 6 -13 The women came to honour Jesus- (vs. 6 -7) While some others were plotting to dishonour him, deliver him and kill him (Matt. 26: 3 -4), even his disciple- Judas (vs. 14 -15) Vs. 7 - the woman lavished all the expensive, precious ointment on the head of the lordto anoint him.

 Vs. 8 -9 - the reaction of his disciples – indignation and condemnation Vs. 8 -9 - the reaction of his disciples – indignation and condemnation - They saw it as a waste - they saw it as purposeless - It could have been sold “Monetized” - the poor should be their interest and consideration for now

Vs. 10 -13 - Jesus’ response- (from the proper perspective and understanding) - Why Vs. 10 -13 - Jesus’ response- (from the proper perspective and understanding) - Why trouble the woman - She has wrought a good work upon me. - She was preparing the lord for the fulfillment of God’s purpose - The her name has entered the GOODNESS BOOK OF RECORDETERNAL Book of Record

WHAT THE LORD REQUIRES IN GIVING Willingness- not grudging- IICor. 9: 7 By faith WHAT THE LORD REQUIRES IN GIVING Willingness- not grudging- IICor. 9: 7 By faith According to ability. Duet. 16: 17 (appropriately and proportionately) Don’t come empty- God has provided you something(I Tim. 6: 17)

CONCLUSION GIVNG AS REWARDING ENTERPRISE - It is an act of worship - It CONCLUSION GIVNG AS REWARDING ENTERPRISE - It is an act of worship - It provokes divine acceptance - It is a key that opens the door to your receiving (Lk. 6: 38) - It earns you Heavenly award and reward