The Christian practice of generosity is about giving from the heart (not under compulsion) for the glory of God (not for recognition) and it has amazing results for the giver, the church, and the world.
In this podcast you get to listen to an informal recording of our living room church gathering where we talk about how in the New Testament we see the Christians practicing generosity.
Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
– The Apostle Paul
There are lots of ways to honor God with our giving. Whether we give to the poor, to our local church overseers, to the relief of suffering saints, to mission teams that establish new church families worldwide, or to other special ministries, here are some of the effects we can expect to see and enjoy.
7 Beautiful Results of Giving:
1. We engage an appropriate act of worship in response to and toward God, which is joyful even in times of poverty and affliction. (2 Cor 8:5, 2 Cor 9:7)
2. We remind ourselves where our provision comes from. (2 Cor 9:10-11)
3. Our offering is remembered by God and can bring breakthrough in our lives, as well as for our families and nations (Acts 10:1-5)
4. We cultivate prosperity and position ourselves for reward. (2 Cor 9:6-8, Proverbs 11:25, Proverbs 3:9-10)
5. We knit the household of faith together as our gifts results in thanksgiving, prayer, and deepened connection both globally and locally. (2 Cor 9:12-15, 1 Tim 5:17)
6. We partner in the work of the gospel as it advances. (Phil 1:3-6, 2 Cor 11:9, Romans 15:22-25)
7. We contribute to an atmosphere of favor for those who need the truth to be able to hear it. (Acts 2:47, 1 Tim 3:15)
This teaching comes after Representative Rulership which helps giving become easier by exploring the concept of stewardship and understanding God is the giver of all good things!April 13, 2016