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Jesus is the Essence of Generosity - OFFERING MOMENT - GENEROSITY SERMON HELPER #4

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 NIV

 

OFFERING MOMENT

Before we receive our offering this morning I wanted to share a thought with you. In terms of giving to the church many struggle with the question, “Why should I give?”. There is a passage in scripture that is probably one of the most familiar to many. It is John 3:16 which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” There is a subtlety here that all too often we miss. It is this, “For God so loved the world that he gave…”  God loves us so much that He was moved to generosity and gave to us. And what did He give?...Jesus! This really makes Jesus the essence of generosity. The product of loving generosity from a loving God to us is Jesus. This offering time is one of our opportunities to act in loving generosity back to Him. Let’s pray for our offering this morning.

 

SERMON HELPER

In terms of giving to the church many struggle with the question, “Why should I give?”. There is a passage in scripture that is probably one of the most familiar to many. It is John 3:16 which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” There is a subtlety here that all too often we miss. It is this, “For God so loved the world that he gave…”  God loves us so much that He was moved to generosity and gave to us. And what did He give?...Jesus! This really makes Jesus the essence of generosity. The product of loving generosity from a loving God to us is Jesus.

 

I would like for us to look at this passage a little deeper and see what we can learn from God’s generosity.

 

1. God’s generosity was in reaction to disobedience.

We have to understand that God’s generosity to us wasn’t because we were/are so wonderful. God gave to us despite the fact that we were/are in the throws of our sinful nature and acting like spoiled, disobedient children. That right there is amazing in and of itself.

 

Let’s say your kids are throwing a fit…as a parent how hard is it to be generous to them? You probably want to be generous, but with some sort of punishment. But even in that punishment you want to guide them in the ways that they should go versus the ways that they should not go.

 

Let’s say you teenager is angry and essentially telling you how stupid you are…as a parent how hard is it to be generous to them? I think this is an even more accurate example to our passage because the teenager has a much better idea and understanding of their rebellion and disobedience. And yet as a parent we need to be generous.

 

God was/is that generous parent, who despite our disobedience, was generous to us.

 

2. God’s generosity was His very best.

God sent us His very best. In giving and generosity we talk about and see in scripture the idea of bringing your first fruits to the Lord. When people were bringing livestock as an offering to the Lord they would bring their best sheep, ox or goat.

 

God sent us His one and only Son. In the understanding of the Trinity, He sent us literally a part of Himself. Many times people debate how much they should give or even whether they should give based on their gross or net income. God gave to us extravagantly! We should desire to give in the same way back to Him.

 

3. God’s generosity was an investment in changed lives.

Why did God give? Because He loved us enough to save us. He saw His generosity as an investment in changing our lives significantly. So significantly that we could be saved.

 

That’s what your giving to Him through this church is. It is an investment in changing the lives of others with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Too often people think of their giving as only paying salaries and paying the bills of the church. The life changing ministries of this church and the investment of your generosity in those ministries is so much more than that. Let me give you just a few examples of the life change your generosity is invested in:

  • Example 1

  • Example 2

  • Example 3

 

I submit these Sermon Helpers hoping they will inspire you and be resource from which you can develop a sermon and/or an Offering/Generosity Moment. Feel free to steal anything in here from me and do not feel any obligation to give me credit. Hopefully this will add value to the work you’re doing in your local church. If you would like to talk about ideas to grow you culture of generosity please email me. Keep me in mind if you’re looking for coaching or a consultant to help you with a giving, a generosity One Fund initiative or a capital campaign. If you don’t already I would also really appreciate if you would follow me on Twitter at @cstovall16 or on my Generis Facebook page.

 

 

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