Generous

By October 29, 2017 Message Notes

Definition:
Synonyms – other words: big, considerate, unselfish, free, great-hearted, honourable, kind, open-handed, philanthropic, plentiful, ample, full, overflowing,

Antonyms – opposite negative words: selfish, greedy, mean, miserly, stingy, depleted, wanting.

Woman and jar
(Mat 26:6-13) While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, (7) a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. (8) When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. (9) “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” (10) Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. (11) The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. (12) When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. (13) Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

(Matthew 26:10) Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.

( {emphasize v.10) ‘She has done a beautiful thing to me”.}

Generosity Has Impacted My Life:
-my 2 christian friends – Rob and Helen.
-The old pastor in 1979.
-My generous wife
-My sons’ hearts
-Response to Sendai tsunami 2011Gateway: Alive Bible.

Generous = Not simply acts of kindness: It’s a decision to live big.

(Proverbs 11:24 MSG) The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.

Attitude shift: From ‘it’s all for me (greed)’ to ‘live to give’

(Luke 12:16-21) And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. (17) He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ (18) “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. (19) And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’ (20) “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ (21) “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Give More, Save More, Consume Less = Happiness
(Acts 20:35b) ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Generous:
-for me
-for others
-for eternity (leave a legacy) 

How To Live Generous?
(2 Corinthians 9:5-7) So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given. (6) Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. (7) Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

1.Get a plan
2.Calculate (How much?)
3.Designate (Where to?)
4.Set it free (without guilt or regret).
tithe-ly is a great help

Connect Group Questions
1.Am I generous?
2.Does it matter?
3.Let’s pray to live generous.