Pastor Steve Williams : Giving Generously for Growth

Forward in Faith · 45:15 · Recorded January 20, 2019

Giving Generously for Growth

Isaiah 54:2-3 (CSB) “Enlarge the site of your tent, and let your tent curtains be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your ropes, and drive your pegs deep. For you will spread out to the right and to the left, and your descendants will dispossess nations and inhabit the desolate cities.”

2 Corinthians 8:7 (NIV) 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.

Stewardship makes the difference!

It’s a God-centered way of looking at life.

1 Chronicles 29:11-14 (CSB) “Everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to you…Riches and honor come from you…and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all…But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? For everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your own hand.”

It’s the most responsible way of viewing ourselves.

1 Corinthians 4:7 (CSB) What do you have that you didn’t receive? If, in fact, you did receive it, why do you boast as if you hadn’t received it?

Colossians 1:16 (NIV) All things were created by him and for him.

It’s the richest way we can learn to live.

Luke 16:10-12 (TEV) “Whoever is faithful in small matters will be faithful in large ones; whoever is dishonest in small matters will be dishonest in large ones. If, then, you have not been faithful in hand-ling worldly wealth, how can you be trusted with true wealth? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what belongs to you?”

The “Generosity Spectrum”

1. The reactionary giver.

Deuteronomy 15:10 (MSG) Give freely and spontaneously. Don’t have a stingy heart. The way you handle matters like this triggers GOD, your God’s, blessing in everything you do, all your work and ventures.

2. The worship giver.

Psalm 116:12 (NLT) “What can I offer the LORD for all he has done for me?”

3. The systematic giver.

1 Corinthians 16:2 (TLB) On every Lord’s Day each of you should put aside something from what you have earned during the week, and use it for this offering. The amount depends on how much the Lord has helped you earn.

4. The tithing giver.

Proverbs 3:9 (TLB) Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income.

Leviticus 27:30 (NIV) “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.”

5. The high investment giver.

2 Samuel 24:24-25 (TEV) “I will not offer to the LORD my God sacrifices that have cost me nothing.” And he bought the threshing place and the oxen…Then he built an altar to the LORD and offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings.

6. The strategic resources giver.

1 Chronicles 29:1-3 (NLT) “The Temple…is for the LORD God himself! …I have gathered as much as I could for building the Temple of my God. Now there is enough gold, silver, bronze, iron, and wood, as well as…precious stones, costly jewels, and all kinds of fine stone and marble. And now, because of my devotion to the Temple of my God, I am giving all of my own private treasures of gold and silver to help in the construction. This is in addition to the building materials I have already collected for his holy Temple.”

7. The life legacy giver.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11 (NLT) God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.

Stewarding is a believing way of seeing.

Stewarding is an obeying way of acting.

Stewarding is a trusting way of living.

  • When would you say you first discovered the “power of money” in your life?

  • Why do you think people get uncomfortable or react so negatively when money is discussed in Church?

  • How would you explain the meaning of “stewardship” to someone with no Church background or Bible familiarity?

  • Which of the verses from this message seemed to have your name on it as a special challenge or encouragement to you?

  • Consider for a moment the total amount of dollars that will pass through your hands and bank accounts over your lifetime – When you reach the end of your life, what would you say are the top 4-5 priorities you’ll feel good about having used it for?

  • Pastor Steve mentioned what a positive financial practice “Tithing” (giving the first 10th to God) is. What can you see about it that is positive and wise and why God made it a major part of Biblical teaching? How have you seen this great stewardship discipline be distorted and abused by Christians?

  • Elementary parents, this week kids learned that Good Friends are important. Ask your child who needed a friend in our Bible story today. (Saul) Who was a good friend to Saul? (Barnabas) Because Barnabas chose to be a good friend and trust Saul in spite of what he had done in the past, Saul was accepted by the believers in Jerusalem. Saul chose to use his Greek name, Paul. Paul would go on to become a church planter and would write many letters that would eventually become part of the New Testament. Talk together about the types of influence kids can have on others when they choose to be a good friend.

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