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Sunday Recap for November 7, 2010

We began a new sermon series today called “The Blessed Life”. Over the next few weeks, we are looking at how God blesses his people through generosity, compassion, service, and sacrifice. Today we began by looking at the “Blessing of Generosity”. I started my sermon talking about how generous the people of SonRise are. But it is appropriate to speak to generous people about generosity because each of us has areas of our life where we could be more generous. Also, after the service, I found out that the people of our church gave an enormous and generous offering for Pastor Appreciation. I was completely unaware, but I felt like a big dork talking about generosity on a day when so many people were so generous to me. It’s probably for the best that I was unaware because it would have been very difficult to talk about generosity had I known about that.  God has been generous to us, he gave his own Son purchase us back for himself through the death of Jesus on the cross. This is the definition of generous. So, if we, his people, are going to live like Jesus, and present the message of Jesus to this world, we must be generous people.  The primary passage we looked at today was 2 Corinthians 9:6-15.

Here are some of the principles of generosity we discussed:

  • God desires a certain kind of generosity.
  • God is able to take your physical blessing, and through your generosity, make it spiritual blessing.
  • Our generosity results in thanksgiving to God and the proclamation of the Gospel.
  • We should thank God for the opportunity to participate in His generosity

Then we looked at two other passages of scripture to discuss two additional principles of generosity.

  • We see in Malachi 3:10 that God invites us to test his principle of generosity 
  • And we see we see throughout the scripture and especially in Matthew 6:19-24 that Generosity is about your heart, not your money. Generosity has nothing to do with your wealth and everything to do with your heart.

You should be able to hear the message here in a few days.

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