The Generosity Cycle
Big Idea: In the generosity cycle, we have four places where we can choose to stop the flow of God’s grace, or to keep the flow going.
Text: Matthew 6:19-21. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not breaking or steal,
for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Where we’ve come from: God’s clear word to Northside Church is, “I want to break you free from financial bondage, both individually and corporately, so that I can pour out blessings beyond what you have imagined, to make it possible for you to accomplish all the work you have been assigned to fulfill.”
The Generosity Cycle
~ God gives generously. 2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.
~ We receive His gift of forgiveness and life. John 3:15-16 Whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
~ We ask Him to supply our daily needs. Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
~ We give a portion back to Him (Thus priming the pump). Luke 6:38 Give and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure–pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.
~ God continues blessings of peace, power and provision. 2 Corinthians 9:10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.
~ We respond with thanksgiving. 2 Corinthians 9:11 You will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which is through us producing thanksgiving to God.
Three stories that illustrate the principle “Where your treasure is your heart will be also.”
- The poor farmer. Luke 12:13-21. The farmer mistakenly thought that he was very rich because God had generously given him an abundant crop. His response was, “Wow! this is awesome! I’ll build a bigger storehouse so that I can be even richer!” But he died of a heart attack that very day.
- The rich widow. Mark 12:41-43. The dear widow put only a couple of pennies into the offering box, yet Jesus commended her as being the most generous of everyone.
- The poor man who became rich. Luke 5:27-31. Matthew was a very wealthy businessman, who “Got it!”. He understood that where your treasure is, your heart is, So he left everything and followed Jesus.
Conclusion: Now we come to the place where we can choose to respond to Him. Let’s each of us ask God this week how we should respond to His generosity. Ask God for a figure of how much He wants you to give that prime the pump and release a strong flow of His grace in your personal life, and in our church.
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