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Growth in Giving (4 of 4)
CONTEXT: So far in our series on Generous we have seen: There are two ways to view life, with a Generous Eye or with a Stingy Eye. We said God wants His children to have a Generous eye toward life. Secondly, we talked about the Priority of Putting God first in our Generosity. Third, we looked at the enemy of Generosity - greed and how to overcome it. Last week, Pastor Ricky taught us about the Principle of Stewardship - how we really down, ''own'' things, but we are God's steward.Today we are landing the series by talking about, ''Growth in Giving''.
TEXT: Psalm 92:12 (ESV)
12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
The Bible consistently teaches that healthy christians grow in every area of life.
1 Peter 2:2 (ESV)
2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation-
Ephesians 4:15 (ESV)
15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
Hebrews 6:1 (ESV)
1 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity,
Luke 2:52 (ESV)
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
Acts 9:22 (ESV)
22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.
So the christian life is expected to produce maturity.You should be making progress.
Just like in physical maturity - it's most obvious in the early years. There is a profound difference in a new born and a two year old. But when your my age, 2 years doesn't produce a radical difference. In the same way, you track your growth by years and decades as you grow older. But there is a perpetual maturity - if you are not experiencing growth physically, mentally, emotionally… there is a serious problem.
In the same way Christian GROW spiritually. If the ...
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