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January 14th, 2010

by Craig Groeschel

Personal Generosity

Several pastors have complained to me that most people in their churches are not generous. I’m guessing that the churches are a reflection of its leaders. If our ministries aren’t generous, it is probably because we aren’t.

Several years ago, God started moving our family toward a much more intentional life of generosity. Not surprisingly, our church has followed.

Dave Ramsey is one of the best Christian financial teachers in the world. For years, we’ve embraced his teaching faithfully.

Dave has always encouraged people to “live like no one else, so one day you can live like no one else.” In other words, if you sacrifice, live beneath your means, save and invest, one day you’ll have the freedom to do far more than most.

In our family, we’ve altered the phrase slightly  (and I’m certain Dave would be supportive).

We will live like no one else, so we can give like no one else.

As God blesses us with more, instead of drastically increasing our standard of living, we’ve decided to drastically increase our standard of giving.

Why stop at giving 10%, 12%, 30% or 50%? Because God has given us more, we believe we’re called to give more.

And as we as leaders give more, our churches will reflect God’s heart of generosity.

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January 13th, 2010

by Craig Groeschel

The Sacrificially Generous Church

The Bible is full of examples of sacrificial giving.

  • David refused to sacrifice something that cost him nothing.
  • Solomon sacrificed 1,000 bulls instead of one as an offering to the Lord.
  • The poor widow put all she had into the offering.
  • The immoral woman poured a bottle of very expensive oil on Jesus in a act of selfless worship.
  • God gave the most sacrificial gift in history: his only son, Jesus.

As churches, we should give sacrificially.

I’ve heard of churches who’ve sacrificed to give big:

  • Some give away 50% of their income or more.
  • Some refuse to build a building to give more.
  • Some don’t pay any staff and use all volunteers.
  • Some have donated buildings to other ministries.
  • In some parts of the world, people still give their lives for Christ.

How is your ministry giving sacrificially? How could you give sacrificially in the future?

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