Sep. 06, 2020
GeneroUS—Greater Possibilities Together
Luke 12:16-21; 2 Corinthians 8:7-9
a. Why teach on this topic?
i. There are more than ____________ verses in the Bible that talk about money, giving and possessions in the Bible. That is more than twice as many Bible verses that talk about money than ____________ and faith combined.
ii. ____________ out of 38 of Jesus’ parables deal with money, giving and possessions.
iii. ____________ before ____________.
b. Everybody gives.
i. Not everybody is ____________.
ii. We often define ourselves by random acts of ____________.
iii. Generosity is ____________ than random acts of giving.
c. Generosity does not come naturally.
i. It is ____________.
ii. We don’t feel ____________, but we are.
iii. We feel ____________, but we aren’t.
d. Generosity isn't something that God wants ____________ US, but something he wants ____________ US.
2. Generosity Myths:
a. Generosity is ____________.
b. Generosity is determined by ____________ flow.
c. It's the ____________ that counts.
d. ____________ people are generous.
3. Generous: Premeditated…Calculated…Designated…____________
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
a. ____________ is the person whose life is ordered around giving rather than receiving.
b. Moments verses Lifestyles
4. Ponder This:
a. How much more money would it take to break you of the habit of spending more than you make? It’s a ____________ -____________ issue.
b. How much more money would it take to break you of the habit of using debt to get what you want now? It’s a ____________ issue.
c. How much more money would it take to get you in the habit of living within your means and creating financial margin? It’s a ____________ issue.
d. How much more money would it take to erase your financial worries? It’s a ____________ issue.
5. The Consumption Assumption…It’s Driven By ____________.
“And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
a. We don’t get credit for what we leave. We get credit for what we give. Why? Everybody leaves the same amount—____________.
b. Generous people don’t assume it’s theirs to ____________.
c. If it can be taken away, we never really ____________ it anyway.
d. Jesus’ point: Since it’s all going to be taken away, why would you miss the ____________ to give it away?
e. Generous people think like ____________.
a. This kind of systematic generosity is what keeps our possessions from ____________ you.
b. It makes us a manager ____________ …rather than a slave ____________.
c. So, while we still have time, be ____________ toward God.
d. And as we get better and better at this, we will loosen our grip on our ____________, and it will loosen its grip on us.