The Generous Life, Nov 17, 2013, Pastor Susan O’Reilly

– God wants to bless us so we can bless others, God wants all of us to be generous givers
1 Tim. 6:18 Message – God wants us to live extravagantly generous lives
– “Do something for someone that can’t do anything for you” John Bunyan
Prov. 11:25
– the good samaritan parable – Luke 10:25-37 – God’s love isn’t restricted by boundaries of people groups – we are called to love, no matter what
– 3 marks of a generous life
  1. he had pity or compassion – love that looks beyond itself is a mark of compassion
  2. he took time with him (v. 34) – time is the largest commodity we possess – more important than money; what are you spending your time on? Prov. 11:24
  3. this gentleman used his time, talents and his treasure – he went over and above to care for this stranger
– “when you get giving right, everything e3lse will fall into place” Billy Graham
– freely give, freely receive
– benefits of generosity (2 Cor. 8:8)
  1. favor of God (Ps. 112:5, Deut 15:10-11)
  2. real prosperity will come to those who are generous (Prov. 22:9)
  3. legacy of impact – what we do today can go into the future
– what we do with what’s in our hands makes a difference