Pastor Steve Williams : Living with Radical Generosity

Right on the Money · 45:48 · Recorded May 20, 2018

Living with Radical Generosity

1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19 (NIV) 6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People 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. 10For 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, …17Command 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. 18Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19In 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.

Mark 10:22 (TEV) When the man heard this, gloom spread over his face, and he went away sad, because he was very rich.

The dangers of “money blindness”:

Money can blind you to what’s most important.

Money can blind you to who you really are.

Money can blind you to how much you actually have.

God’s Remedy: Generosity

1. Generosity honors God!

2 Corinthians 9:10 (NLT) For 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.

1 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT) What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?

2. Generosity glorifies God!

2 Corinthians 9:11 (NLT) Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.

3. Generosity draws you closer to God.

Deuteronomy 14:23 (TLB) The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.

Matthew 6:21 (GW) Your heart will be where your treasure is.

4. Generosity proves that you’ve been born of God.

2 Corinthians 9:13 (NLT) …For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.

Proverbs 21:26 (NLT) Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!

5. Generosity makes you rich toward God!

Matthew 25:40 (NCV) ‘I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me.’

Luke 12:20-21 (NIV) “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”

Luke 12:33 (NLT) “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it.”

Being good at being rich:

Be generous systematically.

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.

Be generous spontaneously.

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.

Be generous sacrificially.

2 Corinthians 8:2-4 (NIV) Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.

Matthew 13:45-46 (NKJV) “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”

  • What was your first job? How much did you get paid?

  • Read 1 Timothy 6:6 with your small group. What is the “great gain” in “godliness with contentment”?

  • Is there a difference between enjoying money and being a lover of money?

  • Read 1 Timothy 6:11-19. What grade would God give you for verse 11? Verses 18-19?

  • What scripture from this message do you sense God wants you to really pay attention to?What idea or concept from this message really stands out to you that you want to see become a part of your life and character? How can your group pray for you about that?

  • What causes a “tight fist”? In what ways would you like to become more open-handed? How will you begin this week?

  • What prompts you to be generous with your money, time and energy? What inhibits you?

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