Sermons

Home > Sermons

Becoming a Generous Giver

When we listen to Jesus' teaching on generosity, we should respond by giving everything to him and others.

Introduction

It is ironic that this book entitled Generosity has my name at the bottom of the cover. That God would link me with generosity makes me want to laugh out loud, because some people out there didn't know me as a young person. I grew up in a home in which there was little teaching about money, except that we didn't have much of it. Over those early years, my view of money was pretty negative. I didn't appreciate it. I didn't know how to manage it. I'm not sure I do now, but I have other people in my life. I didn't understand what you were supposed to do with money. I was anything but a generous person. I was far more on the take than on the give. If you're going to be a follower of Christ and you have those attributes, something has to change. It is an anomaly to say, "I am a follower of Christ," and not know what you're supposed to do with your money.

A friend of mine, Philip Yancey, who's one of the foremost Christian writers of our time, wrote about his own attitude toward money, which is similar to mine. He said this:

Many Christians have one issue that haunts them and never falls silent. For some it involves sexual identity. For others it's a permanent battle against doubt. The issue that haunts me is money. It hangs over me. It keeps me off balance, restless, uncomfortable, nervous. I feel pulled in opposite directions over the money issue. Sometimes I want to sell all that I own and join a Christian commune and live out my days in intentional poverty. At other times I want to rid myself of guilt and enjoy the fruit of our nation's prosperity.

I gave you this quote because I want you to see this next sentence or two. Yancey writes: "Mostly I wish that I did not have to think about money at all. But I must somehow ...

sermon Preview

This sermon is available to purchase a la carte or
for PreachingToday.com subscribers at no additional cost.

To continue reading:

Gordon MacDonald is chancellor of Denver Seminary and editor-at-large for Leadership Journal. He is author of numerous books, including Going Deep: Becoming A Person of Influence.

Rating & Reviews

Average User Rating: Not rated

No comments

Please to rate and review this sermon. Or subscribe now for full access.

Related sermons

Stand in the River of Grace

As we receive God's many blessings, we should pass them along to others in generosity.

The Gravity of Greed

An abundance of greed will cripple a generous heart.

More sermons

Related videos

Today We Give | Centerline New Media | Preaching Today Media

Today We Give | Centerline New Media

Using scripture from Matthew 6:19-21, this reflective mini-movie is a statement from us to God expressing the heart behind why we give. It works great to set up a sermon on generosity, or to prepare for a time of giving. [ Read More ]
Reimagine Generosity | Reimagine | Preaching Today Media

Reimagine Generosity | Reimagine

Want to get to the heart of generosity? This powerful 3-minute video casts a vision for whole life generosity that extends beyond just the financial piece and shows that generosity is core to God's character. He is inviting us in to the joy and freedom in giving! [ Read More ]

More videos

Print this pageShopping CartHelpMy Account
  • Type:
  • sermon
  • Format:
  • Zip (PDF,mp3,video)
  • Price:
  • $5.99
This sermon is part of the sermon series Generosity.See series.

Average Rating: Not rated [see ratings/reviews]

Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. Obedient giving

II. The economic component

III. Jesus on generosity

IV. Giving it all

Conclusion