The ultimate purpose of my life is to make a difference.
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples... I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” John 15:8, 11 NIV
God blesses us so we can be a blessing to others.
“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:2-3 NIV
“Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:14 NLT
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a ﬁrm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19 NIV
Nobody is rich, but everybody knows somebody who is.
God doesn’t want us guilty. He wants us responsible.
In America, the more a person makes the less they give.
“When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” Luke 12:48 NLT
We believe that God has more and wants us to have more.
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11 NIV
“He must acknowledge... the ﬁrstborn by giving him a double share of all he has. That son is the ﬁrst sign of his father’s strength. The right of the ﬁrstborn belongs to him.” Deuteronomy 21:17 NIV
“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the ﬁrstborn son for a single meal. You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears.” Hebrews 12:15-17 NLT
1. We tithe, give, and serve to honor God.
2. We steward well to impact the world.
3. We trust God to provide more than we need.
“Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own ﬂesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn (1), and your healing will quickly appear (2); then your righteousness will go before you (3), and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard (4). Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I (5). “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing ﬁnger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday (6). The Lord will guide you always (7); he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land (8) and will strengthen your frame (9). You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail (10). Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations (11); you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings (12).” Isaiah 58:5-12 NIV