For the month of June our message series at the Early Church of Christ was on generosity and giving. While this topic is one that I probably preach too little on (I’m a native West Texan, avoiding it is in our blood), I really enjoyed the study and challenges in this series. I hope that you find these encouraging; the lessons are meant to come at this important Christian value (Jesus spoke on it all the time) in a very positive way.
Blessed to Be a Blessing – II Corinthians 8-9
“God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it, ‘He throws caution to the winds, giving to the needy in reckless abandon. His right-living, right-giving ways never run out, never wear out.'” –II Corinthians 9:8-11, The Message
The Prodigal Father – Luke 15:11-32
It is said that charity begins in the home, and in the parable of the prodigal son, we see that charity began in the heart of a loving, generous-beyond-reason father.
Imitators of God – Acts 4:32-35
“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.” Acts 4:32-35, NIV