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Sent to be Generous

Series: Sent

Summary

The value of life isn’t determined by how much I achieve or accumulate but by how much of my life I give away.

Speaker: Josh Stelly

November 26, 2023

Josh Stelly

Lead Pastor

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Thesis: "Once we’ve encountered Jesus, we are sent to share this message of hope to the world."

Stats on generosity:

Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything.”

--Proverbs 11:24 (NLT)

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

--Winston Churchill

“A life not lived for others is not a life.”

--Mother Teresa

What qualities and characteristics make up a generous person?

1. The generous are .

“The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”

--Proverbs 11:25 (NLT)

  • Something happens to you when you give.
  • The Lord created us to be a generous

 “Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!”

--Proverbs 21:26 (NLT)

2. The generous are .

“The godly care about the rights of the poor; the wicked don’t care at all.”

--Proverbs 29:7 (NLT)

“Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.”

--Proverbs 21:13 (NLT)

3. The generous are .

“Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.”

--Proverbs 22:9 (NLT)

“Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.”

--Proverbs 28:27 (NLT)

  • We are blessed to be a blessing.

4. The generous are .

“So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.” 

--Romans 14:10 (NLT)

“For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.” 

--2 Corinthians 5:10 (NLT)

“If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord— and he will repay you!”

--Proverbs 19:17 (NLT)

“Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.”

--Revelation 22:12 (NLT)

  • A Legacy life - to live a life beyond my life.

“They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor.” a Legacy Life

--Psalm 112:9 (NLT)

“Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly. Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered.”  - a Legacy Life

--Psalm 112:5–6 (NLT)

“Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.”

--2 Corinthians 8:7 (NLT)

Four Ways to be a Legacy Person:

1. Generous with my .

2. Generous with my .

“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.” 

--Ephesians 4:11–13 (NLT)

3. Generous with my .

4. Generous with my .

“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

--Luke 6:38 (NLT)

“If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord— and he will repay you!”

--Proverbs 19:17 (NLT)

The value of life isn’t determined by how much I achieve or accumulate but by how much of my life I give away.

 

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