Leaving a Lasting Legacy – Rick Warren
1. GENEROSITY DISPLAY GOD’S CHARACTER.
Everything from us is a gift from God. God want us to be like this, giving generous.
We all live off his generous abundance, gift after gift after gift John 1:16 (Msg).
2. GENEROSITY DEFEAT MATERIALISM.
“You cannot serve both God and money. Matt. 6:24 (NIV)
3. GENEROSITY DRAW ME CLOSER TO GOD.
Wherever you put your money, you heart will be also. That reveals your priority and love.
4. GENEROSITY DEVELOPES MY LOVE.
Generosity creates community. “Your generosity… not only provides for the needs of God’s people, but also produces prayers of thanksgiving to God.” 2 Cor. 9:11-12
5. GENEROSITY DETERMINE MY BLESSING.
“If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure… and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving will be used to measure what is given back to you.” Lk. 6:38 (NLT)
6. GENEROSITY DEEPEN MY JOY.
“Jesus said, ‘There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.’’ Acts 20:35 (GN)
7. GENEROSITY DEMONSTRATE MY FAITH.
“Your giving proves the reality of your faith…” 2 Cor. 9:13 (Ph)
“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”2 Cor. 9:6-8 (NIV)
8. GENEROSITY IS DEPOSIT OF INTERNALTY.
“Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven…””Matt. 6:20 (NIV)
“Tell those who are rich not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone… Tell them to use their money to do good. They should give happily to those in need, always ready to share with others whatever God has given them. By doing this they will be storing up real treasure for themselves in heaven – it is the only safe investment for eternity!” 1 Tim. 6:17-19 (LB)
Money is a tools. Use money to love people. Use it for Good.
“If you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?” Luke 16:11 (NLT