MY BEST YEAR EVER – THE GRACE OF GIVING

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7Therman E. Evans - Morning Star Sermon In Action
Supporting Scriptures: 1 John 4:8 & 11, Romans 13:8, Romans 15: 25-27, Galatians 6:6, Proverbs 11:24-25, 1 Corinthians 9:11, Luke 6:38
Scriptural Focus: THE GRACE OF GIVING

Sermon Highlights:

  • Giving is: an obligation, an outcome & an opportunity
  • An obligation = a responsibility, a duty, a binding contract, a requirement for participation
  • Giving = results that flow from a connection. No sense of obligation = no connection or maybe not as connected as I should/could be
  • Giving to the kingdom of God is an obligation that flows from my connection
  • Giving characterizes the kingdom of God. Giving describes the kingdom of God. Giving is what the kingdom of God is all about!
  • God is love. When I love, I give. If I love I give
  • I (we) must love each other
  • Free will = a gift from God. Love = a gift from God
  • My conversation must reflect my conduct!
  • When I am blessed spiritually, I owe it to the kingdom of God to be a material blessing too!
  • How much I have to give is NEVER the issue! The issue, according to God and the Word of God is my giving: generously, sacrificially, willingly & cheerfully
  • Giving is an outcome that results from my connection. An outcome of my connection to God is my desire to give
  • I CAN GIVE MORE: generously, sacrificially, willingly!
  • Giving is an opportunity to sow, plant, grow, transform. The word = seed in me
  • Don’t be a nut! Flourish and grow!
  • The word works! It works when I work it!
  • Give 1st, always get back more than I gave. The kingdom of God is always giving!
  • Giving is all about faith in God. Believe it or not!
  • Giving requires faith. I can do more!
  • Give myself to God, THEN give myself to others
  • Have I completely yielded to the presence of God?
  • I will never be rich by being cheap & stingy!
  • I must walk by faith! Giving is all about faith!
  • I must do it (give) and not wait for it (giving) to be done for me

Sermon In Action - Suggested Activities:

  • DAILY AFFIRMATIONS:Say at least 10x per day, throughout the day as passionately as possible and as early as possible in the day… (Add your favorites)
  • I CAN GIVE MORE!
  • I CAN DO MORE!
  • I MUST WALK BY FAITH!
  • THE WORD WORKS WHEN I WORK IT!
  • GOD IS LOVE!
  • When I love, I give. If I love I give.

Write the affirmation(s) that resonate(s) the most ( or, print on computer – large font) and place it in several prominent places: your living space, your work space (if you are able), your car, bathroom mirror, near your bed… wherever it will be visible and can serve as a constant reminder of how you should be thinking, feeling, being and, of what you should be doing.

  • Make a list of all the groups, clubs, organizations that you are a member/part of. Note the requirements for membership. Are there dues? Are there meetings, conferences, events you must attend? How frequently? Did you sign a contract or agreement when you became a member? What are the requirements to be a member of the kingdom of God? Have you fulfilled those requirements?
  • If you are not a tither, re-examine that decision in light of today’s sermon lesson. If you are a tither, does your conversation reflect your conduct? Do your results match the connection you have to God?  What adjustments can you/will you make?
  • Reflect on this question every opportunity you get this week:  Have I completely yielded to the presence of God?

May God bless you

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