“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”
- The Church is my FAMILY
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
2. I am a MANAGER of God’s resources
For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
3. Meeting needs is an OPPORTUNITY
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
4. God will meet ALL my needs
“Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!”
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Developing a Heart of Generosity
1. Repent of UNBELIEF
2. Return the TITHE
3. Budget for MARGIN
4. Look for OPPORTUNITIES