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

 

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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Bountifully (How to Give #2)

 

2 Corinthians 9:6 – But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

It’s important to understand that there isn’t a “negative” or condemning tone to this verse. It’s simply a statement of truth. 2 Corinthians 9:6 uses a simple “If this, then that” statement. Show sparingly and you will reap sparingly. Sow bountifully and you will reap bountifully.

At Riverwood, giving of your FIST is an important principle for our members. We work to give of our:

  • Finances
  • Influence
  • Skills
  • Time

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Expectantly (How to Give #1)

 

In most churches, all needs would be met if the entire congregation gave 10% of their income to support the church and support others. The churches would have more to provide to the needy, would be able to better serve their congregation, and often wouldn’t need to take on any form of debt for growth.

In 2 Corinthians chapter 9, Paul teaches the church at Corinth about giving. In the first part of Pastor Erin’s newest 6-week series, we start by learning from Paul how we are to “give expectantly.”

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Living Out the Gospel (Defining Church #4)

 

In 1 Timothy 3:14-15 we learn that God’s household is His church. As fallen people, it is normal to feel the tension of following God and living in our sin. We were born into our sin yet we are to keep pulling away from that which we were born into feel continually drawn to.

In the final part of Pastor Erin’s “Defining Church” series, we explore the tensions between our sin and how we ought to live.

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