We don't do generous things;
but we are a generous people
because of our identity in Jesus.
This past Sunday, I preached on Acts 4:32-37. The big idea was that generosity starts with the gospel. As the gospel takes root in our hearts it frees us to live generously, because we see how much Jesus gave to us first. Here's a couple practical ways we can respond to the gospel in our generosity:
- Generosity can be planned for. Get a budget and set a plan for generosity. This requires discipline. If you need help with creating a budget, shoot us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'd be glad to help you.
- Generosity can be planned for by a simple formula as a starting point: Tithe/Give 10%, Save 10%, and live on 80%. We do this as a church: we give 12% away, save 8% and operate on 80% of every dollar that you give.
- Generosity is not just about money. But, how are you living generous with your time, talents, skills? Join a Serve Team today.
- Generosity is not about the amount you give, but the level of sacrifice in giving (2 Corinthians 8).
- Generosity frees you from being owned by your stuff and the desire for more stuff.
- Generosity fuels more mission to our city. The more we give generously the bigger the impact on a city we can make.
- Generosity is not to be done by guilt or under compulsion (2 Corinthians 9:7).
- Generosity is who you are now in Christ, not what you do.
- Generosity becomes a very contagious and attractive witness to others (Acts 4).
- Generosity can be simply automated, by giving online regularly.
One of our core values as a church to is to help create a church that lives generously and gladly because of the gospel's work in our hearts. We don't do generous things; but we are a generous people because of our identity in Jesus. May we lead the way in generosity to our city.