A Fresh Approach to a Generosity Sermon Series
Rather than focusing on “outputs (i.e. giving money),” focus on our response to the “inputs (i.e. spiritual resources)” we receive from Jesus.
The strategy behind this series
In October of 2017 our leadership team decided to preach a four-part generosity series. But we wanted to try something different. Over the past four years our church had been in two major financial campaigns. We needed the campaigns so we could move into our new building after 20 years as a mobile church. But our people—and our preachers—were tired of hard-hitting “give generously to our amazing campaign” sermons.
So for this generosity series we wanted to address finances, but we also wanted to focus on broader issues of what it means to live a generous life. We started by making a distinction between what we called “outputs” and “inputs.” Churches often focus on outputs—avoid this list of sins, join a small group, come to worship, give at least 10 percent of your gross income to the church, etc. Of course outputs are not bad. God commands these outputs. But for the past four years we had focused so heavily ...