DCL 3.6 Instruction | Principles for Becoming a Generous Biblical Giver
Video Presentation: Todd Mullins, Lead Pastor, Christ Fellowship, Florida
In his book, God and Your Stuff, Wes Willmer argues that our use of possessions is an accurate barometer of our faith. He offers several Biblical principles for being a faithful and generous Christian steward:
1. Declare who is the Lord of your life.
2. Count your blessings – you have more than you realise.
3. Give to God first.
4. Give to God regularly.
5. Give according to your means.
6. Give cheerfully.
7. Give generously.
8. Give regardless of your circumstances.
Remember that generosity is an attitude before it is an action!
Biblical Case Study: Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11)
The early church leaders were marked by generosity. Leaders at all levels gave freely of themselves. The whole church enjoyed generosity, but it started at the top. The example of the apostles spread a spirit of generous giving throughout the whole community of believers. Unfortunately, there were a couple of pretenders, Ananias and Sapphira, who sold some land and gave part of the money to the apostles. However, they reported that they had given all of the money to the church. God revealed their deception to Peter and he confronted them. They wanted to be thought of as generous without actually paying the price. Let’s look more closely at what happened. Ananias and Sapphira…
1. Held tightly to their possessions.
2. Agreed to lie about their giving.
3. Pretended to be something they were not.
4. Thought they could get by with appearing to be generous.
5. Felt more concerned about their image than their relationship with God.
- What do you think was the root cause of their sin—their dishonesty or a lack of generosity?
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