Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Proverbs 11:25, 2 Corinthians 8:9, 2 Chronicles 9:6–9:7,
A two-week series inviting the church to a grace-filled generous life.
Churches and Money
At Hopevale we want to avoid the two extremes that churches often fall into when it comes to money and giving: that they either always talk about it or they never talk about. So with some churches, every week there’s one more urgent plea from pulpit. With other churches, there’s total silence for fear of being too offensive. We believe there is a healthy place in between the two extremes. We need to talk about money, wealth, possessions, and generosity because Jesus talked about these things. He knew that our attitudes and actions toward money directly affect our spiritual health and maturity—both for the good and the bad. Jesus wants us to get a handle on our money; otherwise our money will get a handle on us.
Proverbs 11:25 NIV
25 A generous person will prosper;whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
How Generosity Prospers Us
It grows our heart for people. (it makes us more loving)
It frees our heart from stuff. (it makes us less fearful)
2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
(1) It doesn’t matter how much or how little we have, anyone can become a generous person.
Expressing generosity isn't limited to those who have more than we do. It doesn't require reaching certain level of income before we can start being generous. The key to generosity isn’t about: “How much you have"; rather, it’s about “What you do with what you have.” In other words, it’s about our attitudes, rather than our assets; our actions, rather than our amounts.
5 Ways to Be Generous
1. Monetary Giving
3. Expressing Hospitality
4. Sharing Gifts
5. Emotional-Relational Support
(2) Becoming a generous person doesn’t happen by accident or overnight; we must practice generosity on purpose.
Generosity is more than just a noble value. Generosity is also more than just a good feeling. In the end being generous is an action--it's something we actually do. We actually give our money away. We actually show up on a Sunday and serve other people. We actually express hospitality and have people in to our homes and all the other ways we extend generosity.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 NIV
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
3 Steps to Purposeful Generosity
(1) Make giving a PRIORITY.
(2) Pick a PERCENTAGE.
(3) Aim for PROGRESS.
Making it Happen
- If you aren’t giving yet to the church, let us encourage you to start giving something.
- If you are giving but it’s random and sporadic, then make a plan and set a percentage.
- If you already have a plan, then prayerfully consider what God would have you do in the future.
As we give to the Lord through the local church, God will not only refresh our own hearts, but He’ll also use us to refresh other people, impacting lives with the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ through our purposeful and contagious generosity.
Giving at Hopevale
Check out the GIVE tab on our website to give online and to learn more about our approach to giving and church finances.
Generosity grows our heart for people and frees our heart from stuff. Pastor Dan
1. How much do you think a church should talk about money? What kinds of things should the church say? What should church leaders not say or do in talking about giving?
2. What did Jesus say about money and giving? What examples do you think He would use if He said these things today?
* Matthew 6:19-21
* Matthew 22:15-22
* Mark 12:41-44
* Luke 10:33-37
3. Look closely at 2 Corinthians 8:9. The Apostle Paul wrote these words to encourage Christians in Corinth to fulfill their promise to give financially to poor believers in Jerusalem (see Romans 15:25-26).
* In what ways was Jesus “rich” before He became “poor” for us?
* What did He give up or give away to become poor? Why did He choose to do it?
* What could you choose to give up or give away in order to make others “rich” in Christ? How would that refresh them? How would it change you?
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