Sunday’s sermon

Here are some thought from Sunday’s sermon. Post a comment if something really helped you or if there’s any area that you really struggle with or if you have any questions.

Jesus told them this story: The business of a certain successful man did very well. He thought to himself, “What shall I do? I can’t possibly spend all the money I’m making at my current standard of living.” Then he said, “This is what I’ll do. I’ll sell my old house and I’ll build one with more square footage and additional amenities. I’ll trade in my fully-functional automobile and I’ll buy one that is higher-end and a later model. I’ll increase my retirement portfolio with IRAs and mutual fund investments. And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Retire early. Engage in hobbies and leisure activities. Enjoy the good things of life.’” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get have you have prepared for yourself? This is how it will be with anyone who stores up earthly wealth for himself but is not generous toward God. (My paraphrase of Luke 12:16-21)

Jesus condemned the rich fool not because he was rich, but because he wasn’t generous toward God.

Giving is like anything else you deem important in life. If you don’t plan it, it won’t happen. Here the plan for giving I shared on Sunday (comes from Andy Stanley’s book, Fields of Gold).

1. Priority giving. Proverbs 3:9-10
2. Percentage giving. 1 Corinthians 16:2
3. Progressive giving. 2 Corinthians 8:7
4. Prompted giving. Exodus 25:2

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