Message Outline

Great Generosity

Pastor Jonathan Stockstill
Sunday, Nov 27, 2022

Philippians 4:15–19 (NLT) - 15 As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. 16 Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. 17 I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness. 18 At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. 

2 Corinthians 8:1–5 (NLT) - 1 Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. 2 They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. 3 For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. 4 They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem. 5 They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.

Seven perspectives of great generosity from the Philippians:

1. Great generosity flows from God through His church

“...what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia.”

  1. When we give, it is God working through us! 
  2. God favors using His Church because it glorifies His church.
  3. God uses individuals, but he loves to flow through His church.

2. Great generosity does not depend on great wealth.

“They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor.”

  1. The Philippian church was poor because Rome had come in and seized everything. They were in more than a recession! 
  2. The beauty of Kingdom Generosity is it isn’t measured in quantity but in sacrifice! 
  3. Many stories of generosity in the Bible aren’t massive wealth transfers.

3. Great generosity is a byproduct of abundant joy.

“But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.”

4. Great generosity comes from sacrifice.

“...they gave not only what they could afford, but far more.”

5. Great generosity is a free-will offering.

“...they did it of their own free will.”

6. Great generosity is a privilege.

“...for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem.”

  1. “They begged us again and again for the privilege.”
  2. Why is it a privilege?
    1. It advances the eternal Kingdom.
    2. It stores up treasure in heaven.
    3. It gives back to God for His generosity to us!

7. Great generosity starts by giving yourself.

“...their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us…”

  1. Giving to the Lord starts by giving Him your whole life! 
  2. Romans 12:1 (NLT) — 1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

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