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Treasure I

A money bag.

Treasure I – Inside: God’s Ownership and Generosity

 

My friend Jess quotes his little brother’s philosophy of money in saying “Money is like manure, if you pile it up it begins to stink, but if you spread it around it ends up doing some good.” Generosity among American believers is at an All-Time low (even less as a pecentage of income than in the Great Depression. There appears to be a rennesaince among a subset of the Millenials that is correcting this through their generosity. Why is it that even though the Bible mentions money nearly 2400 times, so few pastors are prepared or desiriys of speaking about it and “asking” for money from the pulpit is reduced at best, to participating in a capital campaign vs calling people to a generous way of life? Many pastors don’t talk about money from the pulpit because they have not figured out how to deal with money in their personal life.

 

 

Chapter 1

Word SECTION 1

Take some time to read, memorize, meditate and journal on how this Scripture passage speaks to the theme of generosity.
 

Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

– Genesis 2:7 (NIV)

Watch SECTION 2

Here are a few teaching videos on Generosity. Gary Hoag will be with us a lot during this Generosity focus – make sure to watch is introduction video first before you watch his 7 minute seminary.

 

 

Read SECTION 3

Read this portion of Randy Alcorn’s – the Treasure Principle, reflect on it and journal how it impacted you as you continue to think about the interior side of Treasure – being Generosity out of God’s Abundance.

Randy Alcorn — The Treasure Principle

 

Reflect SECTION 4

Your 23 minutes this week will be spent in two ways to help embed some of what you are learning deep into your heart.  The first is to post and “Aha” on a threaded conversation and respond to the “ahas” of the other colleagues in your cohort.  The second is to email your donor list (make sure that you make a bcc group to protect their anonymity) and to briefly share where you are heading in the Inside out Stewardship Journey and a pearl from this first month.

 

Chapter 2

Word SECTION 1

Take some time to meditate on how this Scripture passage speaks to the theme of generosity.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

– John 3:16 (NIV)

Watch SECTION 2


 

 

Read SECTION 3

Gary Hoag – Four Fundamental Shifts for Encouraging Grace-filled, Spirit-led Giving

Howard Dayton – Four Reason its better to Give than Receive

 

Reflect SECTION 4

Spend some time reflecting on the following questions:

  • Who modeled generosity in your life growing up, if anyone?
  • How have you seen giving talked about along your Christian journey – have you been encouraged by others to be a “tickled tither,” “a generous giver,” or has it never been spoken of?
  • How do you feel about raising money for the sake of the Kingdom?

 

Chapter 3

Word SECTION 1

Take some time to meditate on how this Scripture passage speaks to the theme of generosity.

Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
    and by your will they were created
    and have their being.”

– Revelation 4:9-11 (NIV)


 

Watch SECTION 2


 


 


 

Read SECTION 3

This week, read Walter Bruggerman’s article from Christian Century on The Liturgy of Abundance, The Myth of Scarcity.

 

Reflect SECTION 4

Share with a friend or family member which Scripture passage, article, book excerpt, or video has been most impactful for you this semester.
 

Further resources for exploration

For information on experiencing a free, 20-hour Journey of Generosity (JoG) retreat, please contact drdbbl@gmail.com.