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Seven Motivations For Generous Giving (3 of 4)
Series: Courageous Generosity: Love For All People
Introduction: Courageous generosity is the lifestyle of those who live like Jesus and share His love. This is our heart and our faith. We believe for the same grace that was on the Macedonian churches, a grace of liberality. Giving is a Kingdom principle that releases abundance and prosperity into the lives of people, businesses, and churches. Prosperity has a Kingdom principle to it. Some people are not aware of their own battles with believing for abundance so they can be generous. There are battles of old habits, wrong thinking, the attack of the devil, and spiritual power working against them, hindered because of seeing abuse of money by leaders or churches or TV evangelists. People are bound by fear and mistrust of pastors and preachers. To allow a no faith, no generous giving spirit to prevail is wrong. We see consequences of people who accept lack, churches with no souls saved, no missionaries sent, no church planting, no increase, and no influence. This is not our destiny!
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. MOTIVATION TO BE A GENEROUS GIVER
1. Giving is the alternative to spending or hoarding that breaks the back of materialism. The act of giving is a reminder that it's all about God, not about us.
2. Jim Elliot: "He is no fool who gives what ...
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