How Can I Be Generous?

February 7, 2016 ()

Bible Text: Luke 9:57-62 |

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    How Can I Be Generous?

    Luke 9:57-62
    What is STEWARDSHIP?

    Stewardship is the proper management of my life in order to enhance God’s Kingdom. It is the recognition of His Lordship in my life.

    Why Preach a Month on STEWARDSHIP?

    Nearly half of born-again Christians (47%) agree that Satan is "not a living being but is a symbol of evil."

    31% of born-agains also believe that if a person is good enough they can earn a place in Heaven.

    24% of born-agains agree that "while he lived on earth, Jesus committed sins, like other people."

    15% of born-again Christians claim that "after He was crucified and died, Jesus Christ did not return to life physically."

    About one out of four (26%) born-again Christians believe that it doesn't matter what faith you follow because they all teach the same lessons. (e.g. Hindu, Buddhism, Islam, etc.)

    Roughly 95% of all Christians never lead ONE person to Christ.

    Although most believers say that serving the needy is important, just 34% gave any time and/or money to serve the poor in the last year.

    One out of every six born-again Christians (16%) gave no money to his/her church during previous year. The proportion who tithed to their church was just 8%.

    Christians spend 7 times as much time on entertainment as they do on spiritual activities.

    In a nationwide survey among born-again adults, none of the individuals interviewed said that the single, most important goal in their life was to be a committed follower of Jesus Christ.

    Jesus talked about money 16 out of 38 parables: 1 out of 10 verses in the Gospels.

    The Bible devotes around 500 verses on prayer; less than 500 verses on Faith; but over 2,000 verses on money and possessions.

    Reasons To Have a Stewardship Month

    1. We are not in a budget crunch.

    Stewardship is not about raising money, it is about God raising His children.

    2. People will get upset and leave.

    I have never met anyone who gave with a joyful heart who left over messages on stewardship.

    3.The church will grow financially as it grows numerically.

    John Maxwell “Church Giving: The last thing to arrive at church and the first thing to leave.”

    COMMITMENT is NOT AN AUTOMATIC PROCESS.
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    5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.

    Commit to God
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    Jesus is Asking for a Commitment Today from you about you. He wants your time, your talents, your treasure, and your testimony.

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