February 7, 2021

Develop a Generous Heart

Develop a Generous Heart

Introduction: We live in a world where there’s really a great pandemic of negativity. Everywhere you go, people are critical, and they’re finding reasons to be negative. In these days of isolation and social and emotional turmoil with economic challenges, staying positive can be more than a step of faith; it can be a leap of faith. A heart position that can help us “Stay Positive” is developing and maintaining a generous heart.

1. Three Old Testament Echoes from Paul
• Proverbs 22:9
• Psalm 112:9
• Isaiah 55:10
2. Generosity is at the Heart of the Gospel
• “For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16 NLT
• An active love is a giving love.
3. Three Generous Acts
• Tithing – Malachi 3:10, Matthew 6:21
• Offerings – 1 Chronicles 29:9
• Extravagant Gifts – 1 Kings 17:5; Mark 12:43-44
…‘It is more blessed to give than to receive….’”  Acts 20:35 NLT
Weekly Questions:
1. Do you believe that “God is a giving God?” If yes, does that mean you should be a generous person as a Christ follower?
2. Would others say you are a generous person?
3. What new act of generosity can you begin to practice this week?