Posts Tagged ‘Generosity

29
Aug
18

Partnering With God Through Giving

The apostle Paul let the Philippians know that their gifts supported his ministry and he was grateful for them. Their gifts were more than just a support of his work. They were a sacrifice that pleased God.

Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. – Philippians 4:17-18 (NIV)

When we give consistently, generously and sacrificially to the work of the Lord, God is pleased. The work of spreading the Gospel continues and lives are changed because of the generosity of God’s people. Our tithes and offerings that we give are a way of partnering with God to change the world with the love of Jesus. This is why giving is so important. It shows that we are grateful and that we trust God. It also shows our desire to partner with God to change lives for His glory.
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28
Aug
18

Supporting The Work Of Jesus

After talking about the secret of contentment, Paul lets the Philippians know that he was grateful for the gifts that they sent to support his ministry. He wrote:

Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. – Philippians 4:14-16 (NIV)

As followers of Jesus, we need to support the work of Jesus. Ministry work requires ministry dollars. There are bills that need to be paid. Those who have devoted their lives to full-time service of the Lord need to be compensated. It is not an excuse for greed. Some churches and pastors take advantage of good people and their faith in Christ. Let’s be wise and discerning and yet faithful and generous toward the work of Jesus so that more people will come to know about the Lord.
23
Aug
18

Does The Church Only Want Your Money?

The apostle Paul told the Philippians that he rejoiced over their concern for him. What he was referring to was the financial gifts of support that they sent to him. They had sent one of their own people to bring him financial and spiritual support. This is what he wrote:

I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. – Philippians 4:10 (NIV)

When it comes to supporting the work of the Kingdom of God, we need to be consistent in our giving. Christians need to support their local church so that local churches can support missionaries. The local church can only do so much when it comes to ministry without the financial support of its people. Some will accuse the church of only being concerned with money and in some cases that is true. But by and large, most local churches want to use the funds that are given in order to increase the scope of ministry – both home and abroad. We need to be generous, consistent and sacrificial givers to the work of Jesus so that the church can accomplish her mission of making disciples of all nations.
20
Nov
17

Next Level: Giving

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on 2 Corinthians 9:6-15.

28
Aug
17

On This Episode Of Hoarders…

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is based on Luke 12:13-21.

03
Aug
17

The Blessing Of Generosity

God’s Word has much to say about being generous. God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others. Solomon says that when we share our blessings with the poor, we receive even more in the way of blessings. He says:

The generous will themselves be blessed,
    for they share their food with the poor. – Proverbs 22:9 (NIV)

Rather than pointing fingers at the poor and being generous in insults, let’s be generous with our blessings. Some will say that poor people are ignorant or lazy. That’s not necessarily true. What about the poor who are exploited by tyrannical governments? What about the poor who lose their jobs because of greed? What about the poor who are victims of an economic downturn? Not every poor person is poor because of bad choices. And even if they are, who are we to judge? Let’s make the choice to be generous and invite God’s blessings into our lives.
31
Jul
17

Showing Kindness To The Poor

One of the biggest political debates of our time, among many, is what to do with the poor and poverty-stricken. What do we do with people who are less fortunate or who have fallen on hard times? Solomon said that we should be kind to them and for a very good reason. He wrote:

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
    and he will reward them for what they have done. – Proverbs 19:17 (NIV)

Do you show contempt for the poor or do you want to show them kindness? Let’s face it, many of us are closer to being poor than we want to be. If you were to be laid off or if you were to lose your job, you’d be living in the poor house in a matter of months, if not weeks.  So why would we ever show contempt for the poor? Let’s find ways to be kind to them and to give them a hand up. We who have been blessed must recognize that God has been good and generous toward us.  So let’s be generous with our blessings knowing that God will bless us even more when we do.



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