Sermon: Defined by Generosity

“Defined by Generosity”

(November 23, 2009) In the end, the question of how we use our resources comes down to this: how do we want our lives to be defined? By fear? By scarcity? By self-indulgence? Or do we want to be defined by our generosity and our single-minded pursuit of God’s vision for us and for the world?I personally find that the only way to silence the voices of fear and greed is to put money in its place by giving it away– back to God to accomplish God’s purposes in the world. God challenges us to put our priorities in order, to give our full gifts to God, and to see what amazing blessing and abundance is in store! Will we rise to this challenge? (Malachi 3:6-12, Mark 12:38-44)

Part four in a series addressing faith and finances, based upon the study and program series “Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity” by Adam Hamilton. Statistics, quotes, and general outlines are taken from that work and used with permission. I of course add my own interpretation. Sermon titles include: “When Dreams Become Nightmares,” “Wisdom, Vision, and Finance,” “Cultivating Contentment,” and “Defined by Generosity.”

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