Life Giving. Giving starts with God Giving is at the heart of God’s character. “God gives what God is – his life. The gift is not a substitute for God. It is God, God in motion, God in action.” Rowan Williams
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“For God so loved the world that he gave…….”John 3:16a
‘Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.’ Psalm 118:1
Giving Throughout Life,
A Journey of Generosity
“But just as you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving’ 2 Cor 8:7
‘Becoming a Christian ….. is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.’ Billy Graham
A Framework For Generosity
The act of giving shifts our focus from individual wants to a communal need, demonstrating solidarity with the poor and a commitment to working together in mission.
(e.g. Luke 21.1-4, 2 Cor 8.2-4)
The scope of Christian giving is not just financial giving but how we use the money, time, talents and possessions God has entrusted to us. Generous giving should become second nature to us, and as it becomes so, our living and our giving are transformed to start to resemble the overflowing generosity of God. This is
‘Giving for Life'.
Our Giving Gives Life
“Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace.” Mother Theresa
‘On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income,’ 1 Cor 16:2
2 Corinthians 9:6-14
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. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
our giving brings blessing to others, we are challenged to give in response to God’s generosity to us, rather than in expectation of what we might receive in return.
Giving In All Of Life
“You can give without loving, but you cannot love
without giving.” Amy Carmichael, Missionary to India
“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” Amy Carmichael, Missionary to India
‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’ Winston Churchill
“Give what you have. To someone it may be better than you dare to think.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82), American writer and poet
“Dearest lord, teach me to be generous; teach me to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost.” — Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), Jesuit founder
“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” Edmund Burke
“If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Mother Teresa
2 Corinthians 8:7
But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
‘We make a living by what we get, but we makea life by what we give.’ Winston Churchill
‘Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were an offering far too small
Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.’ Isaac Watts