session

6

Sacrificial Generosity

Giving demonstrates our dependence on God. We acknowledge that all we own has been given to us by Him. In His generosity toward us, God desires that we, too, are generous and will use our resources as a tangible way to partner with Him in His work in the world and in the lives of those around us. We are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2).

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Memory Verse

“Remember this – a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’ And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty leftover to share with others.” (NLT) - 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Overview

Our Rhythm this week is Sacrificial Generosity!

Here’s our summary: Recognizing that all our resources are owned by God and entrusted to us for His Kingdom purposes, we generously give out of gratitude to partner with Him in His work around us and around the world.

Jesus clearly understood the alluring power of money. It was an ongoing topic in His teaching as He knew how easily money could undermine our love for God and our desire to serve Him. That’s why Pastor Matthew often reminds us that God doesn’t want our money; He wants our hearts so we can learn to live and give more generously. 

At Friends we talk about giving out of gratitude by holding nothing back. Because Jesus held nothing back in giving His life for us, we can give out of gratitude for all He’s done for us. And not just give — but to excel in the grace of giving as the apostle Paul encourages us in 2 Corinthians 8:7.

Whenever we surrender everything and give Him our best, it’s in those moments that Jim Elliott’s poignant quote really hits home: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” We give to gain treasures in heaven that we can’t lose (Matthew 6:19-20).

Practicing the rhythm of Sacrificial Generosity provides opportunities for us to see how God can come through in our lives. Because whenever we’re generous, God promises to provide what we need and sometimes He even does that in extravagant ways. And whenever we experience God’s gracious generosity, it can motivate us to give more generously ... and more cheerfully.  

Our Session Six memory verse says it all: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 — “Remember this — a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’ And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty leftover to share with others.” (NLT)

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