Summary: This sermon deals with why be generous and the results of being generous. All of us have been blessed by the generosity of others.
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February 17, 2008 Jay Davis Robison Philippians 4:12-20
Today talking about True Generosity, word Generosity means
marked by abundance or ample proportions above & beyond
All of us have benefited from generosity of others many in church
Natural for us to be this way
Name was Ott Elliott during Great Depression said if God sees me
through this if ever have $$ will give to God for God’s use
Ott created foundation for scholarships I got 1 4 yrs never met him
1st ministerial job I had FBC Leichfield Gary and Suzy Garrrett,
invited me to live in their home for no rent, while working
When Micki and I married Becky and Buzzy, budgeted blessing $$
Used blessing $$ to buy plane ticket for sister-in-law for wedding
Ladies from church did reception for us free
When became pastor in Paris lived in Louisville Jean Stewart ,
Said I’ve got bed but no board, stay with me
Jeremy on the way Teresa single lady in church made crib set
Phil 4:12-20 gives us an example of True Generosity look at it
1. REASONS FOR being generous
Why is it that people are generous in the first place?
Struggle in US to be generous, because we are nation of
Discontentment and consumer driven have so much want more
It’s a HEART CONDITION
Generosity is not giving out of obligation or from guilt
It comes from the heart, so vs 12 TNIV Paul talks about heart
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Generosity comes as identify with the need of another,
Give yourself Show interest, and then get involved
Matthew 10:8 Freely you have received freely give
Generosity is a response of loving obedience
Luke 6:38 Give and it shall be given unto you
Can’t afford to be generous Americans feel they’re just making it,
39% households making $50,000 yr say cannot afford all they need!
33% households at $100,000 a yr say cannot afford all they need!
27% households at $100,000+ yr say cannot afford all they need.
Nearly 20% of these say they "spend nearly all their income
on the basic necessities of life." being generous would be a stretch
Generous is a heart condition, Poet said
It’s not what you do w\the million if fortune should ere be your lot,
but what are you doing at present w\the dollar & quarter you got.
Are you open to being generous to giving at all, sharing time or $$?
Find a REAL NEED AND MEET IT
Look for who you can bless
In this day and time we are bombarded with requests to give
And if you give once then get all the more
Address labels, magazines, letters, nobody ever has enough
Are excellent causes out there,
good stewardship involves keeping your eyes open find best needs
If you don’t check out the need that’s not generosity its STUPIDITY
The Youth Development Fund & A Child’s Dream, grant wishes
of sick & dying kids, run by Rick Bowen from his Knoxville home
2006 raised $3 million but just over $102,000, 3 cents of every $
went directly to grant dreams for 52 children and their families,
Bowen paid himself salary and benefits of $174,000
$2.5 million went for fundraising expenses, mostly to pay for-profit
call center that solicited donors nationwide.
Most Christians see qualifying gift is important part of generosity.
Not ashamed to tell you TBC worthy of your gifts, generosity
Bible teaches us to bring tithes into God’s storehouse
Reality is, it costs money to do things to invest in people’s lives.
To help families, do MOW, reach out, $$ to work with youth,
children, RALI, singles,Internationals, Men.
It costs money to have a building as tool gas bill almost 3K
God’s plan to pay for these things is found sitting in these pews. Only Christians give to pay for spreading message of Jesus.
Always when you see a need easier to be generous
5 years ago yesterday ice storm hit and we were generous
Opened our doors, as many as 72 feed over 100
Did not call the insurance company or poll the deacons
Saw a need and did it, never missed a meal, worked hard
God supplied what we needed everyday
Focusing on God’s Spirit, realizing God wishes to work through us.
Surrounded by needs in the community concerned about AIDS
Sufferers in Lexington no Bapt church doing anything substantive
What ideas do you have? How do we need to plug in generously
Being generous WILL COST YOU
This is why we are not generous
We have other things to do with the $$ or the time we may give