STAY POSITIVE, Week 2, I’m Generous, Dr. With

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Week 2 – I’M GENEROUS

November 22, 2015  Dr. With

STAY POSITIVE—I’M GENEROUS

Part 2—I’M GENEROUS, Perfect for Thanksgiving Week

As Part of this Series on Staying Positive we are have, this Wednesday at 6:00pm.   We are having our thanksgiving eve celebration!   Come and give thanks!  Bring your Worship, Bring Your Thanks and Bring Some Cookies.  Let’s be the church who saves Thanksgiving!!

Last Week…So much negativity in the world—I’M OPTIMISTIC!

This Week…So much greed in the World, leads to negativity, war, competition…SO WE ARE FOCUSING ON BRING POSITIVE BY BEING GENEROUS. 

  1. CHALLENGED BY MESSAGE SERIES—I NEED IT!
  1. Element of Selfishness  .
  1. Greed—Jealousy—Competition
  2. Wronged—Deserving—Mine is Mine!
  3. What have they done for me?
  1. [podcast]http://impactbrentwood.org/wp-content/uploads/Be-positive-week-2-Im-Generous.mp3[/podcast]Element of Fear   .
  1. I don’t have enough to give—Everyone wants what I have
  2. They’re always asking for money—My bills are way too high
  1. Antidote: Generosity          .
  1. Generosity—Christ Followers are called to be Generous!
  2. Generosity—Sacrificial and Generous Living and Giving!

6 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

9 As the Scriptures say,  “They share freely and give generously to the poor.  Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” (Psalm 112:9)

10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

Generous is used 6 times in 5 verses. 

Gordan McDonald says, “Generous giving is not about doling out extra amounts of money. It is about reorienting the human heart in the direction of Christ so that we become transmitters of the same affection and care that Christ modeled in his time!”

25 The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25

“Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and               you won’t have to hunt for happiness.” William E. Gladstone

B. Generous and Not-so-Generous Planting

  1. How to get a Small Crop

few seeds = small crop

6a Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop…  7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

    Words for the Small Crop Person…

    a. Make up your Mind on Giving.

    b. Don’t give Reluctantly  “unwillingly, with hesitation, doubt or dread.”

c. Don’t give in Response to Pressure – “in distress, because of law or necessity”

“For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

  2. How to get a Generous Crop

generous planting = generous crop

6b But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop…8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

    Words for the Generous Crop Person…

25 The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25

    a. God will Provide all you Need

    b. You will always have everything you Need

    c. You will have leftovers for Others

    d. Your good deeds will be remembered Forever

9 As the Scriptures say,  “They share freely and give generously to the poor.          Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” (Psalm 112:9)

B. God is the Seed Provider

10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.

  1. God is our Provider – He provides and increases our Resources

    a. He provides the seeds

    b. He provides the bread to eat

    c. He will provide and Increase your resources

If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD–and he will repay you! Proverbs 19:17

  2. God is our Producer – He wants to produce Generosity in Us

    a. God will produce Generosity in us!

    b. He will Create a great Harvest in us!

A. CHALLENGED BY MESSAGE SERIES

B. Generous and Not-so-Generous Planting

C. God is the Seed Provider

10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 2 Corinthians 9:10

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