WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER
Week 6 11-7-15

 

Koinonia ( FELLOWSHIP) is translated

COMMON SHARING    PHIL2:1 NIV

COMMUNION               1 COR 10:16.  NIV

CONTRIBUTION           ROM 15:26 NIV

GENEROSITY               2 COR 9:13 NIV

 WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER WHEN WE LIVE GENEROUSLY

Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God. So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this grace in you as well. But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us— see that you abound in this grace also. (II Corinthians 8:1-7 NKJV)

1)    GENEROSITY CREATES COMMUNITY

Your generosity will produce thanksgiving to God because of us. (2 Corinthians 9:11b GW)

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21 NKJV)

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. (Acts 4:32 NIV)

2)    GENEROSITY DEFEATS SELFISHNESS

The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. (Proverbs 11:24MSG)

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24 NIV)

3)    GENEROSITY PRODUCES HAPPINESS

…Remembering the words that the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.” (Acts 20:35b GNT)

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. (2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV)

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9: 8 NIV)

4)    GENEROSITY MAKES US MORE LIKE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER

From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. (John 1:16 NLT)

But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us! (1 Chronicles 29:14 NLT)

HOW DOES GOD WANT ME TO GIVE?

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV)

- GIVE THOUGHTFULLY AND PRAYERFULLY

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV)

GIVE EXPECTANTLY NOT RELUCTANTLY

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV)

Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38 NKJV)

- GIVE VOLUNTARILY NOT UNDER COMPULSION

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV)

The generous soul will be made rich and he who waters will also be watered himself. (Proverbs 11:25 NKJV)

- GIVE CHEERFULLY  

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV)

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV)

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