Generosity as Everyday Living

February 28, 2016 ()

Bible Text: 2 Corinthians 8:6–16 |

Series:

    Remember-

    1. Our commitment is first to God then to others (church).
    2. Commitment is not automatic.
    3. Commitment always begins somewhere.

     

    The very essence of worship is to return to God what he has entrusted to you.

     

    1. He knows what we have to give.

    The Lord knew the wealthy and the poor

    Our faith is revealed in our giving, whether we have much or little.[1]

    1. He knows what we give.

                The woman was known for the amount and percentage of her giving.

    Our generosity represents us and the Lord.

    1. He cares about our giving.

                He knows what we do from surplus and from sacrifice.

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    Scriptural Generosity is living and giving as Christ has been generous to me.

    4 Levels of Giving

     

    1. Obligation
    2. Convenience
    3. Generosity
    4. Sacrifice

     

    Why Should I live and give Generously?

     

    Example of the Old Testament

    Tithe/Tithing

    10-23.5%

    Before Abraham

    Before Law

    The tithe is the floor and not the ceiling.

    It is a numerical starting place to begin my grace giving journey.

     

    Example of Christ

    David Jeremiah says about 2 Corinthians 8:9

    1. He sacrificed a spiritual existence for a fleshly existence[2]
    2. He sacrificed the presence of God for the presence of men.[3]
    3. He sacrificed the beauty of heaven for the streets of earth.[4]
    4. He sacrificed His blood for my sins! * Rodney Holloman!

     

    I will live generously

    Commit to Give God the First of My Time

    Daily Bible Reading and Prayer, Faithful church attendance, priority of family, finding a place of service

    Commit to Give God the First of My Talents

    God gave me abilities, I will use them for Him.

    Commit to Give God the First of My Treasure

    God gave me everything I have, I am just managing it for Him.

     

    I will live and give generously.

    [1] Jeremiah, D. (2001). Giving to god: Study guide (p. 37). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

    [2] Jeremiah, D. (2001). Giving to god: Study guide (p. 59). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

    [3] Jeremiah, D. (2001). Giving to god: Study guide (p. 59). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

    [4] Jeremiah, D. (2001). Giving to god: Study guide (p. 59). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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