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Series: Courageous Generosity: Love For All People
Introduction: Courageous generosity describes the kind of person you and I are called to be.
Courageous generosity defines the spirit and attitude of our church as seen in our past, our present, and our future. In this message, I will help us grow our heart of generosity and activate
a generous giving spirit that will take us to new levels.
Courageous is the attitude that sets us apart during our present economical environment. Courageous generosity is modeled for us by a group of churches referred to in II Corinthians 8-9, called Macedonian churches, church of
Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea. These were people who would not be silenced by the economical environment, challenges, and adversity. Their amazing, courageous attitude of generosity is astonishing, and it inspires faith for all churches to become courageously generous at all times. We can make a difference in our broken world by being a church that practices generosity as we love all people.
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. MY DECISION
1. I choose generosity.
2. I model generosity.
3. I value generosity.
4. I believe generosity.
5. I expand generosity.
6. I live generosity.
7. I pray generosity.
C. GENEROUS GIVER
1. Tithe: the first fruit of my income regardl ...
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