- 1 Timothy 6:7-10
- Matthew 6:19-21
- Proverbs 11:24-25
- Luke 16:10-13
- Deuteronomy 8:17-19
- 1 Corinthians 11:23-25
- Being generous brings such joy to the person who gives and to the people who receive.
- We know that a culture of generosity in a church doesn’t just accidentally happen.
- If we live for the here and now, that’s all we get. If we live for eternity, we experience God’s blessing now and rewards in eternity.
An Eternal Perspective
- We brought nothing into this world and we take nothing with us when we die.
- When we learn to live generously, we are set free from the power of greed.
- If we start trying to calculate how much we are storing up in heaven based on how much we give now, that kind of defeats the purpose.
Changing Our Minds
- Living with a scarcity mindset kills generosity
- When I believe that I have enough I no longer have to hold on to all I have.
- It’s called the little-big principle. If I can be trusted with little things, God can trust me with bigger things.
- The more faithful we are with what God has given us, the more He will trust us with greater wealth to give away.
- God truly wants what is best for his people.
- Remember where your wealth, your possessions came from. I gave them to you.
- Remember that eternity matters most. Don’t live for the promises of this life. It might seem like it will satisfy, but idols never do. They overpromise and under-deliver every time.
- Live generously and you will experience the most blessed life possible.
- What kinds of things do people try to store up for themselves on earth?
- Why is it so hard to live with an eternal perspective in this life?
- Why is it hard to live with an open hand?
- What would it take for you to believe that God has given you enough?
- What do you think life would be like if you could give away 90% of your income?
- Why do you think God tests us with little before giving us more?