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The Bold Expectation of Courageous Generosity (4 of 4)
Series: Courageous Generosity: Love For All People
Introduction: This is the fourth and final message in this series. We have delved into the doctrine of generosity with messages on the heart of courageous generosity, the faith of courageous generosity, seven motivations for generous giving, and now the bold expectation of courageous generosity.
I. COURAGEOUS GENEROSITY
A. COURAGEOUS GENEROSITY DEFINED
1. Definition: the attitude that confronts adversity with a spirit of liberality and openhanded generosity in unselfish and faith-filled giving, flowing from a willing heart and magnanimous spirit that inspires others to give with equal courage
2. Key verse: Fierce troubles came down on the people of those churches, pushing them to the very limit. The trial exposed their true colors: They were incredibly happy, though desperately poor. The pressure triggered something totally unexpected: an outpouring of pure and generous gifts. (2 Corinthians 8:2, Message)
B. EXPECTATION TO RECEIVE
1. Bold expectation is the anticipating that God will abundantly provide by making room for supernatural blessings with open hands and open heart. It is seizing by faith and prayer what God promises to release into my hands.
a. Acts 3:5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.
b. Matthew 7:8 Everyone who asks receives, seeks will find, knocks and it will be opened…
c. Psalm 24:5 He shall receive blessing from the Lord…
3. Expectation prayer: I stand on the Word of God believing all that has been promised is mine to receive. I open my hands and by faith receive all that God has set in motion toward me: all miracles, all blessings, all promises!
II. THE BOLD LIFE OF COURAGEOUSLY GENEROUS PEOPLE
John 10:10 (Message) A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life t ...
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