A Generous Life: Generous with Treasures

Missio Church - Bismarck

Jun 4 2023 • 38 mins

Verses Used:

  • 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

Takeaways:

  • 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.

Crazy Generosity

  • 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.

God says:

  • 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.


Discussion Questions:

  • 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?