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Following Jesus… in Luke’s gospel Handling money well Growing in generosity

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  • Following Jesus in Lukes gospelHandling money wellGrowing in generosity

  • The Bible talks a lot about money.Its a heart issue with a spiritual dynamic.For where yourtreasureis, there your heart will be also. Matt 6:21

    God wants us to be wise about money. And to be a generous a people.

  • 2 Corinthians 9: 6 - 156Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.7Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give,not reluctantly or under compulsion,for God loves a cheerful giver.8And God is ableto bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times,

  • having all that you need,you will abound in every good work.9As it is written:They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;their righteousness endures forever.10Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for foodwill also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.11You will be enrichedin every

  • way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12This service that you perform is not only supplying the needsof the Lords people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.13Because of the serviceby which you have proved yourselves, others will praise Godfor the

  • obedience that accompanies your confessionof the gospel of Christ,and for your generosityin sharing with them and with everyone else. 14And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.15Thanks be to Godfor his indescribable gift!

  • Like packing a car our priorities determine our capacity.Put the big important things in first.

    In life this helps us to be proactive not reactive.

  • We step off the treadmill and look at whats going on in our life. Billy Graham If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.

    Often culture seeps in. Materialism reigns. Debt is the norm.

  • 1. Were stewards not ownersWe look after what God has given us.Now he who supplies v10His resources for his purposes.Were blessed to be a blessing.We get to give away.

  • Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. v6

    What we do with our money has spiritual consequences. Kingdom principles apply.Not give to get but get to give.

  • Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. v6

    Fear can make us sow sparingly.But God promises to give us all that we need v8.

  • Generosity is a heart issue.

    Give what you have decided in your heart to give,not reluctantly or under compulsion. v7

  • 2. Earn more than we spendWhen were young this seems easy!If our outgoings equal our income stress.If our outgoings exceed our income very stressed.If we spend what we earn well be even no!

  • Overspending is a spiritual issue.Debt steals our freedom. Proverbs 22:7 the borrower is slave to the lender.

  • How do we manage that stress?The myth of moreMore money wont defeat debt; statistically we just spend more.We need a strategic plan and maybe some help.

    Swim against the tide!Earn more than you spend.Decide to get out of debt.

  • Spend

    Save

    Give

    3. Prioritise what we haveUSUAL LIST

  • Give

    Save

    Live/Spend

    3. Prioritise what we haveGODs LIST

  • In general we agree that giving and generosity are a good idea.Next questionHow much should I give?An important question.It helps us to put our heart into action.It helps us to get a measure of how we are doing.

  • FACT ONE:There isnt an amount that puts us in the generous category.

  • FACT TWO:We give to be more like God.We reflect his nature when we give.His giving extravagant and unlimited.Generosity is evidence that God is near.God loves a cheerful giver. v7The Greek: hilarious.Giving to the point of hilarity!

  • FACT THREE:As stewards we give our offering back to him. v10Not a collection but part of our worship.We give because it pleases God. He gives us Jesus free of charge. Our giving is a response to his outrageous gift.

  • SoHow much?Is this the right question?Or even a helpful question?A different question may beNot how much should I give? But how much of Gods money is he happy for me to keep?

  • Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me.But you ask, How are we robbing you?In tithes and offerings. 9You are under a curse your whole nation because you are robbing me.10Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says theLORDAlmighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.Malachi 3: 8 - 12

  • What about tithing then?Malachi speaks of tithing - offering 10%.OT law; offer the first fruits the best.Matt 23:23 An assumption from Jesus that we will tithe. Not just an Old Testament principle.Jesus moves from law to grace but doesnt abolish the law (Matt 15:1719)The tithe begins with the local church - and extends from there.

  • Will a man rob God? v8What about tithing then?

  • What might radical generosity look like?

  • Gods encouragement to us.

    Test me in this, says theLORDAlmighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.Mal 3:10

  • SavingNot about sitting on a hoard Luke 12Have margin money in our budgets; for emergencies. Otherwise in each emergency were back into debt.

  • LivingIts purposely last!And if weve prioritised well its guilt free.

  • 4. Assess how were doingNo guilt..!Money is a spiritual and emotional issue.Chose to deal with the feelings it brings up. God wants to help. God is able to make all grace abound to you. v8

  • 4. Assess how were doingDetermine our priorities.Decide to get out of debt.Discipline ourselves in small financial ways.Discover the joy of hilarious generosity.Do it today - adopt the habit of now.

  • God loves us to have open hands.What would happen if we prayed for an outbreak of radical generosity rather than revival?

  • Following Jesus in Lukes gospelNext week:Handling money wellThings that corrupt our heart