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The Pursuit of Happiness

The Benefits of Generosity

August 20-21, 2016
  1. Introduction

    1. Philippians 4:19 (NAS) And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
      1. “All” (“Pas”) - - “anything, everything, all things, whatever, whenever, however, every circumstance, at all times”

  2. The Benefits of Generosity

    1. When I’m generous, I earn the gratitude of others.

      1. You earn a living by what you make. You earn a life by what you give.

      2. Philippians 4:15-16 (NAS) 15You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; 16for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs.

    2. Every time I’m generous, I show what really matters most.

      1. Matthew 6:21 (NAS) “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.“

      2. Philippians 1:10 (NLT) For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.

      3. You are to use things and love people.
      4. Philippians 3:7 (NLT) I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.

      5. Materialism is the idea that having more will make me happier, more secure and more valuable.
      6. Philippians 3:20 (NLT) But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.

    3. When I’m generous, I become more like Jesus.

      1. James 1:17a (NAS) Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above.

      2. John 3:16 (NAS) “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.“

      3. You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
      4. You spell love G-I-V-E.
      5. Philippians 2:4-5 (NAS) 4Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.

    4. When I’m generous, I strengthen my faith.

    5. Every time I’m generous, I invest in my eternal home.

      1. Matthew 6:19-21 (NAS) 19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

      2. There are only two things that are going to last forever: God’s Word and people.
      3. Philippians 4:16-17 (NLT) 16Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. 17I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness.

    6. Every time I’m generous, I make God smile.

      1. Philippians 4:18 (NLT) At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.

      2. God says, “You are never, ever, going to out give Me!”
      3. Malachi 3:10 (NAS) “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”

  3. Conclusion