You will often hear from our platform that we want to be a church who is serving others; casting a light, not a shadow. For this reason, we’ve taken time to intentionally focus on what it means for us to be generous. Generous people are often known by synonyms such as: kind, honorable, good, considerate, helpful, honest, thoughtful, unselfish, and hospitable. Who wouldn’t like to leave a legacy like that?!
We recognize these five principles as helpful to families who desire to be generous:
- Generosity is measured by the heart of the giver, not the amount of the gift. (Mark 12:41-44; 1 Corinthians 13:3)
- Generous people recognize God’s ownership. (Psalm 24; Matthew 6:19-34)
- Generous people pursue godly contentment. (Ecclesiastes 5:10-15; 1 Timothy 6)
- Generous people give with purpose. (1 Corinthians 15:58-16:4; 2 Corinthians 9)
- Generous people plan for the future. (Proverbs 6:6-8)
Our Generosity Reflects His Grace
The Bible is clear that our generosity is a response to the generosity we’ve received in Christ. Paul writes, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9) Apart from the love of Christ, our generosity is worth nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:3)
Time – Talent – Treasure
With these ideas firmly in mind, we invite our families to experience the joy that comes when we are generous with our time, talent and treasure. This will look different for each person according to their gifts. We celebrate how people at Bethel are being generous with their time and talents by serving inside the church, in the community, and around the world. We also celebrate that many are being generous with their financial resources so that we can invest about 76% of every dollar into the people and passions of our Bethel family.
Our team is proud to provide this Generosity At Home guide to help you get started or continue even more on the path of generosity. Pastor Jonas represented our team by presenting this message.
Remember, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)