Continually (How to Give #6)

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Generosity is not supposed to be disposable or temporary. Generosity should be repetitive and intrinsic just like blinking or breathing is to each of us. In other words, generosity needs to be an automatic habit. When we give in the right way, our giving should produce thanksgiving in our hearts. This is true because if we believe that Christ died for us, we should be motivated to give continually and we should be thankful for that opportunity.

For the final sermon of the How to Give Series, Pastor Erin weaves together each of the previous 5 sermons to paint the full picture of how we should give in order to reflect Christ’s ultimate gift to us.

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Truthfully (How to Give #5)

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When our eyes are not on God’s grace; however, we find that we are less and less content. 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to make all grace about to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”  Through this, we learn that God’s grace overflows to us so much that we should always have a sense of sufficiency and contentment.

This grace that overflows from God to us so freely should manifest in our giving freely of the abundance we have. Through this, we reflect God’s heart to others.

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Cheerfully (How to Give #4)

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2 Corinthians 9:7 ends with “for God loves a cheerful giver.” So why is it so hard to give cheerfully? There are many forms of baggage that keep us from giving cheerfully: past legalistic experiences, financial problems, etc. So how do you give cheerfully when there are so many things that cause you to be reluctant?

It is God’s best for us to give cheerfully because he wants to use us to bless the world. God doesn’t need anything – but who does? The poor. We are commanded to give to the poor. This doesn’t just mean materially poor but also relationally poor, emotionally poor, and spiritually poor. In giving in these ways, we reflect the character of God. Watch or listen to this week’s sermon to learn more about how to become a cheerful giver.

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W.I.P.illy (How to Give #3)

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In 2 Corinthians‬ ‭9:7‬ we read that “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

The new term pastor Erin teaches us today is that we are to give W.I.P.illy. That is, willingly, intentionally, and prayerfully. It is important to understand that the earth is God’s and so is everything in it. This means that what we have is not our own – it is already God’s. This means that instead of asking the question “How much should I give?” we should instead try to figure out “How much should I keep?”

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