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Whatcha Gonna Do With Whatcha Got Left? // Part 4


Give Generously

As your pastor, I am committed to helping you grow spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically, and financially.

The more I read and study the Bible, the more I realize that we are most like Christ, most happy and fulfilled, and most significant, when we are growing and developing in all these areas.

If I could tell you one thing that I think pulls this all together – or the one thing that flows out of a life growing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically, and financially – it would be generosity.

Learning to live generously is as fulfilling as it gets.


2 Corinthians 9:6-15 NLT
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”[a] 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”[b] 10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity[c] in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem[d] will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. 13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. 15 Thank God for this gift[e] too wonderful for words!


Principles

1. A generous heart begins by being captured by the big picture.

A. In the text – the first verse, the big picture is given.

What’s the big idea of verse 6?

“Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.”

It’s the crop – it’s the product – it’s the harvest.

Farmers don’t plow and till and sow and plant and work the fields and tend to the plants just because they want to look at the crop and take pictures of the crop and post on social media pictures of the crop.

No! All this is done for the express purpose of harvesting the crop.

B. So, what is our crop? What is our big picture?

It is lost humanity. It is our sons and our daughters. It’s our spouse and our brothers and sisters. It’s our friends and co-workers – our neighbors – our community – it’s our world.

It’s why we have a team in the Virgin Islands, and another in Africa today.

It’s why we invest so much in effort and energy in our kids and students.

They’re the crop. They’re a harvest that if we don’t reap, we will lose a generation.

It’s the reason why we have Celebrate Recovery to help those with habits, and hurts, and hang-ups, find a healing, helping Savior.

They are a crop worth harvesting.

It is why we have a Care Center downtown, a campus downtown, a campus in Front Royal.

There are harvest fields everywhere and the crop is ripe for harvesting – and we can’t be content to gather in the barn for a party doing line dancing and eating chicken!

We’ve got to see the big picture, and when we do, it taps into our spirit to be generous.


2. A captured heart with a generous spirit demands a response.

A. Generous with our time.

Time is all we’ve got.

What we do with it is ultimately controlled by a committee of one – you and you alone make the final decision on what you do with your time.


Proverbs 10:4-5 (MSG)
Sloth makes you poor; diligence brings wealth. 5 Make hay while the sun shines—that’s smart; go fishing during harvest—that’s stupid.


Pretty blunt! Listen, don’t take this wrong. I’m not suggesting you are all wasting time and are a bunch of sloths.

But when you see the big picture – the crop – just start by making time to notice those around you. Pay attention.

Reach out to that one sitting alone at lunch. There’s a reason they are alone.

Walk across the room to someone not engaging with the others – start a conversation.

Walk through the foyer and halls and your office complex slowly. Don’t always look like you’re in a hurry.

Give – be generous – with the most valuable commodity you have – time.

And when you take time, you get to hear what Jesus hears. And you get to feel what Jesus feels. And you get to touch what Jesus touches because in those sacred moments, you become the hands and eyes and ears and heart of the Living God of all mankind!

And that’s what Christ-like generosity is all about.

B. Generous with our resources.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”[a] 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.


A heart captured by the need to harvest wants to give. It isn’t, or it doesn’t become, out of obligation, but because here’s a way to make a difference.

Go park your car down on Braddock and watch the activity at the Care Center and know, you had a part in that.

Stand in the foyer and watch our kids check-in to go downstairs to Kids’ Church and know you have a part in that.

Sit out in the parking lot on Wednesday evening at 6:00 and watch 130 students go inside and know you gave so that happens.

Come this Saturday and watch throughout the day, 300 kids play basketball and little cheerleaders cheer and know, “I’m making this happen.”

And know in just a few minutes when people receive Jesus – you are making that happen.


Action – So what?

How do I know to what crops and to what fields do I need to be generous?

  • What do you sing about?
  • What do you cry about?
  • What do you dream about?

There you go. Now that’s why I gladly tithe.

That’s why Pauline and I do not hesitate to tithe and give and get involved.

It’s the crop. It’s the harvest. It’s the chance to be significant and make a difference.

When Mother Theresa was leaving her monastery to start Sisters of Charity, she had two pennies. She was asked by a priest what she could possibly to do with just two pennies. She said, “Nothing. But with two pennies and God, I can do anything.”


Tithe

Proverbs 3:9-10 (LB)
Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income, and he will fill your barns with wheat and barley and overflow your wine vats with the finest wines.

Deut. 14:23b (LB)
The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.


Online giving (www.wincog.com/give)





Worship Set



Death Was Arrested 

- Adam Kersh, Brandon Coker, Heath Balltzglier, and Paul Taylor


Verse 1

Alone in my sorrow and dead in my sin
Lost without hope with no place to begin
Your love made a way to let mercy come in
When death was arrested and my life began

Verse 2

Ash was redeemed only beauty remains
My orphan heart was given a name
My mourning grew quiet my feet rose to dance
When death was arrested and my life began

Chorus 1

Oh Your grace so free washes over me
You have made me new now life begins with You

Verse 3

Released from my chains I'm a prisoner no more
My shame was a ransom He faithfully bore
He cancelled my debt and He called me His friend Oh
When death was arrested and my life began

Chorus 2

Oh Your grace so free washes over me
You have made me new now life begins with You
It's Your endless love pouring down on us
You have made us new now life begins with You
Oh yes it does

Verse 4

Our Savior displayed on a criminal's cross
Darkness rejoiced as though Heaven had lost
But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand
That's when death was arrested and my life began
That's when death was arrested and my life began

Misc 1 (Bridge)

Oh we're free free forever we're free
Come join the song of all the redeemed
Yes we're free free forever amen
When death was arrested and my life began

Misc 2 (Ending)

When death was arrested and my life began
That's when death was arrested and my life began


Resurrecting 

- Christopher Brown, Mack Brock, Matt Ntele, Steven Furtick


Verse 1

The head that once was crowned with thorns
Is crowned with glory now
The Savior knelt to wash our feet
Now at his feet we bow

Verse 2

The one who wore our sin and shame
Now robed in majesty
The radiance of perfect love
Now shines for all to see

Chorus 1

Your name, Your name is victory
All praise, will rise to Christ our King

Verse 3

The fear that held us now gives way
To him who is our peace
His final breath upon the cross
Is now alive in me

Misc 1 (Bridge)

By your spirit I will rise
From the ashes of defeat
The resurrected king
Is resurrecting me

In your name I come alive
To declare your victory
The resurrected king
Is resurrecting me

Verse 4

The tomb where soldiers watched in vain
Was borrowed for three days
His body there would not remain
Our God has robbed the grave
Our God has robbed the grave



I’ll Trust You

- Richard Smallwood


Verse

You are my refuge; in You I’ll trust.
You are my fortress; in You I’ll trust.
I won’t dread the terror by night, for angels are all around me.
So, I will not fear.
(Repeat)

Chorus

When I call You, You’ll answer in time of trouble.
When I call You, You’ll answer; You will deliver.
Woah, woah, I’ll trust You, for I will dwell under Your shadow.
I won’t dread the terror by night, for angels are all around me.
So, I will not fear.
(Repeat chorus)

Misc. (Bridge)

I’ll trust You, for I will dwell under Your shadow.
I’ll trust You, I’ll trust You, I’ll trust You, I’ll trust You!
I’ll trust You!
(Repeat several times)

Misc. (Tag)

I’ll trust You, for I will dwell under Your shadow.
I won’t dread the terror by night, for angels are all around me.
So, I will not fear.

Misc. (Ending)

Lord, I will trust.
Lord, I will trust.
Lord, I will trust.
Oh, Lord, in You I put my trust!


How Great Is Our God 

- Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves, and Chris Tomlin


Verse 1

The splendor of the King
Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps Himself in light
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
And trembles at His voice

Chorus 1

How great is our God
Sing with me
How great is our God
And all will see how great
How great is our God

Verse 2

And age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the End
Beginning and the End

The Godhead three in one
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

Misc 1 (Bridge)

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

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