COURAGEOUS FAITH

Week 4 Pastor Dave Minton

COURAGEOUS FAITH GIVING

WHAT WE WON’T DO

1) WE WON’T PRESSURE ANY ONE TO GIVE

“So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” II Corinthians 9:7 NKJV

2) WE WON’T SELL ANYTHING

3) WE WON’T MIX GIVING WITH PERSONAL PROMOTIONS  

WHAT WE WILL DO

1) WE WILL SHOW HOW EVERYONE CAN GIVE SOMETHING

 “Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions.” Mark 12:42-43 NLT

2) WE WILL ASK PEOPLE TO SACRIFICE

 “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing." 2 Samuel 24:24b  NIV

3) WE WILL FOLLOW THE BIBLICAL PATTERN FOR A BUILDING OFFERING

1 Chronicles 29

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

  1. TO SEE MIRACLES
  2. TO GROW SPIRITUALLY
  3. TO BE SPIRITUALLY HARASSED  
  4. TO EXPERIENCE REAL JOY

WE EXPEXT THREE DIFFERENT REACTIONS TO A GIVING CAMPAIGN

I) THOSE WHO WILL GIVE NO MATTER WHAT WE DO

II) THOSE WHO WON’T GIVE NO MATTER WHAT WE DO

THREE REASONS WHY

  • HURT
  • IMMATURITY
  • SELFISHNESS

III) THOSE WHO WILL GIVE WHEN THEY CATCH THE VISION

HAVING THE COURAGE TO DREAM

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT

“And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one [unified] people, and they all have the same language. This is only the beginning of what they will do [in rebellion against Me], and now no evil thing they imagine they can do will be impossible for them.” GENESIS 11:6 AMP

"The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil." Genesis 6:5 NLT

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8 NKJV

1) MY IMAGINATION SHAPES MY LIFE

“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” Proverbs 4:23 GNT

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7a NKJV

2) MY IMAGINATION IS ESSENTIAL TO LIVING BY FAITH

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 NKJV

“while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” II Corinthians 4:18 NKJV

3) GREAT LIVES ARE BUILT ON GREAT DREAMS

“I ask that your minds may be opened to see his light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you,” Ephesians 1:18a GNB

“Where there is no vision, the people perish:” Proverbs 29:18 KJV

 “Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us;” Ephesians 3:20 CEB

4) GOD’S WORD AND SPIRIT FUEL MY IMAGINATION

“Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.” Psalms 119:18 NKJV

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth;" John 16:12-13 NKJV

5) GROWING MY CHARACTER WILL CLARIFY MY VISION

“Because you have these blessings, do your best to add these things to your lives: to your faith, add goodness; and to your goodness, add knowledge; and to your knowledge, add self-control; and to your self-control, add patience; and to your patience, add service for God; and to your service for God, add kindness for your brothers and sisters in Christ; and to this kindness, add love. If all these things are in you and are growing, they will help you to be useful and productive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But anyone who does not have these things cannot see clearly..” 2 Peter 1:5-9 NCV

6) IF A DREAM IS FROM GOD IT WILL BE CONNECTED TO HIS CHURCH AND PLANS FOR THE WORLD

“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.” Mark 8:35 NLT

7) MY DOUBT IS THE ENEMY OF MY IMAGINATION

“Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.” “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:22-24 NLT

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