Pastor Steve Williams : The Journey into Generosity

Generosity 2.0 · 46:48 · Recorded February 16, 2020

Proverbs 11:24-25 (CEB) Those who give generously receive more, but those who are stingy with what is appropriate will grow needy. Generous persons will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

Up-front acknowledgments

A touchy subject!

A conflict of interest?

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NIV) Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

A vital key to spiritual formation.

1 Timothy 6:6-10 (NIV) But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

On the pathway of generosity

Plan for it as your future identity!

Practice the financial disciplines that will enable it.

Proverbs 21:20 (NIV) In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.

Prepare a margin for sustained & spontaneous generosity.

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NLT) God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

Pursue your growth in stewardship.

Luke 16:10-12 (NIV) “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?”

Living out “7 Laws of Stewardship”

1. The law of CLARIFICATION.

Settle whose it all is.

Psalm 24:1 (NLT) The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. Job 41:11 (NLT) “Who has given me anything that I need to pay back? Everything under heaven is mine.” Psalm 50:10-11 (NLT) “For all the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird on the mountains, and all the animals of the field are mine.” Haggai 2:8 (NLT) “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.

1 Chronicles 29:11-16 (NIV) “Yours O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours…Wealth and honor come from you… Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand…it comes from your hand and all of it belongs to you.”

Decide on the God you’ll really trust.

Luke 16:13-14 (NIV) “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.

2. The law of CALCULATION.

Consider all you’ve been given.

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?

3. The law of CIRCULATION.

Grasp why he’s entrusted it to you.

Matthew 25:29 (CSB) “For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. But from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

  • What are some reasons people freak out so much over talking about money in Church?

  • Who are some generous people you’ve known “up-close and personally”?

  • What’s been the most helpful thing you’ve found in your life with regard to handling your money responsibly? What would you say are some vital financial disciplines to practice? What competes with the formation of these?

  • Read 1 Timothy 6:6-10. What are examples you’ve seen of people going crazy over money and it being disastrous? Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19. What are the benefits seen in this passage of having our heads on straight about money? How can the way we use our money help us find “the life that is truly life”?

  • What appeals to you most about making the journey with Jesus into generosity? Which of the scriptures in this message would you especially like to see characterize your life?

  • What thought from this message was especially impactful to you that will be your main take-away? How can your group support or pray for you in this?

  • Elementary parents, today we continued or look at FAITH. Our verse for the month is Hebrews 11:1. Our bottom line is: You can have questions and still believe in Jesus. Ask kids what Jesus did that was surprising to His followers. (He spoke to a storm and it stopped.) What question did the disciples have? (Who is this man?) The disciples had been with Jesus for His entire ministry and yet they had questions. And often, so do we! God loves our questions. Questions mean you want to know more. Talk with kids about their questions. What questions do you have?

  • Who You Say I Am

  • Way Maker

  • King Of My Heart

  • Crowns

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