Pastor Steve Williams : Living that Keeps on Giving

Say Yes to the Next Generation · 39:02 · Recorded November 16, 2014

God wants to do far more than construct buildings, he want's to do something in us. When we realize that everything comes from God, what's "ours" takes on a whole new meaning.

Living that Keeps on Giving

Proverbs 11:24-25 (NKJV)  There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.

What God is developing in us

Ephesians 2:20-22 (CEV) You are like a building…Christ is the one who holds the building together and makes it grow into a holy temple for the Lord. And you are part of that building…

1. The humility of a stewardship mindset.

1 Chronicles 29:13-15 (HCSB) “Our God, we give you thanks and praise your glorious name. 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. For we live before you as foreigners and temporary residents in your presence as were all our ancestors…”

Laws 1-3 of Stewardship
The law of CLARIFICATION – “Who really owns it?”
The law of CALCULATION – “What have I been given?”
The law of CIRCULATION – “What’s it really for?”

Deuteronomy 8:12, 17-18 (HCSB)  “When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the LORD your God …You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the LORD your God gives you the power to gain wealth.”

Proverbs 3:9 (TLB)  Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income, and he will fill your barns with wheat and barley and overflow your wine vats with the finest wines.

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.

2. The maturity for a lifelong generosity.

1 Chronicles 29:16-18 (HCSB) “Our God, all this wealth that we’ve provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand; everything belongs to you. I know, my God, that you test the heart and that you are pleased with what is right. I have willingly given all these things with an upright heart, and now I have seen your people who are present here giving joyfully and willingly to you…keep this desire forever in the thoughts of the hearts of your people, and confirm their hearts toward you.”

Laws 4-7 of Stewardship
The law of COOPERATION – “How can I join God’s work?”
The law of CULTIVATION – “What can I sow for a harvest?”
The law of CONSERVATION – “How can I make this last?”
The law of COMMENDATION – “What will I be glad I did?”

2 Corinthians 9:6, 8-11 (NLT) Remember this – a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. …And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others…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. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.

Graduating from need, to greed, to seed thinking!
Establishing planned patterns of generosity.

2 Corinthians 9:7; 8:17 (NLT)   You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” …Give in proportion to what you have.  Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.

Andy Stanley’s “4 P’s” pattern:
Priority;
Percentage;
Progressive;
Prompted

2 Chronicles 16:9 (TLB)  “The eyes of the Lord search back and forth across the whole earth, looking for people whose hearts are perfect toward him, so that he can show his great power in helping them.”

NorthPointe’s Capital Campaign Values
– The campaign focus is free-will giving versus “fund-raising.”
– Except for the campaign leadership teams, NO ONE will ever be told they MUST give to the campaign.
– No one will ever be told an amount they’re expected to give.
– High-pressure, manipulative tactics will not be used or tolerated. God invites us never coerces us into his plans!
– No “broadcasting” of individual gift amounts will occur.
– No persons will ever be “outed” by others as non-givers.
– An accurate, confidential record of individual donors’ gifts will be maintained and provided annually to them.
– Pledges are good-faith promises not contracts, and may be altered or cancelled completely by the donor if circumstances make it necessary.
– All monies given go only to the project promised.
– A full accounting for campaign funds will be provided to the Church body at least twice annually.

  • When were you a recipient of someone’s unforgettable generosity? Who would you say is the most generous person you’ve become acquainted with?
  • Why does generosity matter so much to God? How have you personally seen the connection between stewardship and generosity? How has the concept of stewardship become clearer to you since you first heard about it?
  • What promises from scripture from this message, or from your own study have motivated you to want to excel in the areas of stewarding properly and practicing generosity?
  • Review the 7 Laws of Stewardship card included in the bulletin this week. Which of these do you find difficult to understand? Which do you really identify with in your life experience? Which do you feel God wants you to give special focus to?
  • How do you think God brings “blessing” into your life and the life of our Church through our obedience? Take time to pray together as a group, asking God to bring his blessing as we seek to do his will.
  • From this week’s Family Devotional Guide: 2 Corinthians 5:7 (HCSB)  For we walk by faith, not by sight. REFLECT: To be a family that lives by faith requires courage and determination. It shows that our attitude toward life is a belief that is based on more than whatever happens to be in front of us at any given moment. We don’t live by just what we see because appearances can be deceptive and changing. Instead we engage our faith in a God who loves us and has such great plans for us that human eyes can’t possibly see them. DISCUSS: What is the difference between living by faith and living by sight – what do we have faith in? In what ways have we lived by faith in the past? How do you think God is calling us as a family to live by faith during our “Say Yes” campaign? PRAY: As a family, talk to God about your faith and trust in him. Ask him to help you grow in faith together.
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