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Generosity + Stewardship

Whole Life Generosity Videos

The following 4 short videos (approx. 2 min. each) walk through the 4 steps in Whole Life Generosity.

Although they can be used in any setting, they were originally designed to be used during the offertory (one each week for 4 weeks).

Click here to download the Whole Life Generosity Postcard.

The heart of Whole Life Generosity is Jesus.

The core of Whole Life Generosity starts with Jesus as our model. Jesus gave up everything for our sake so that we might become like Him – rich in Generosity.

You are familiar with the generosity of our Master, Jesus Christ. Rich as he was, he gave it all away for us—in one stroke he became poor and we became rich. | 2 Corinthians 8:9 Msg.

Video 1: All of life lived in relationship with God.

We start by living all of life in relationship with God so that our hearts start to beat in tune with His.

That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence | Luke 10:27 Msg.

Video 1:  All of life lived in relationship with God

Video 2: All we have received with gratitude from God.

We move deeper in that relationship to accept who we are in Christ and receive all that life brings us with a heart of gratitude to God.

Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ. | Ephesians 5:20 Msg.

Video 2: All we have received with gratitude from God.

Video 3: Surrender and trust our all to God.

To truly discover the freedom of generosity, we must first surrender to God’s invitation to trust that God will always provide and that we will be OK.

If it’s all given to us by a God of Generosity and Love, then can we choose in all circumstances to trust this God?

What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving…  Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.  | Matthew 6:31-33 Msg.

Video 3: Surrender and trust our all to God.

Video 4:  Release all we are to God for the blessing of others.

The final step is to release all you are to God for the blessing of others through generosity and good works.

God loves it when the giver delights in the giving…. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God. | 2 Cor. 9:7, 11 Msg.

Video 4: Release all we are to God for the blessing of others.

Whole Life Generosity

All of life. All we have. All we are. All He wants us to be.

Generosity is the overflow of a grateful heart.

When this happens, praise goes up to God. Both the giver praises God for the joy of partnering with Him and the receiver praises God for His provision through you.

Relationships deepen with God and others.

Gratitude clears the way to focus on the right thing.

Surrender ends the fight to hold on to everything.

Releasing everything to His purpose bears fruit and brings joy in all circumstances.

A circle of grace.

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work… You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. | 2 Corinthians 9:8, 11