For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.–2 Corinthians 8:9 (NIV)
*Why is learning generosity so hard? *
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.–2 Corinthians 9:6-11 (NIV)
The Main Thing: God wants us to learn generosity as a key part of our discipleship in the church and impact in the world around us.
We Learn Generosity…
1. From Jesus. (2 Cor. 8:9, Jn. 3:16)
2. From Scripture. (Mal. 3:10)
3. From Experience.
Practically… We Learn Generosity…
• As We Take The Next Step.
• As We Begin To Tithe.
• As We Give Offerings Beyond The Tithe.
Cycle of Praise and Grace