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nov 11, 2019

90 Day Generosity Challenge

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.” – GK Chesterton

On Sunday, November 10, Bert taught through 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 and challenged our church to embrace biblical generosity in our regular lives by taking the 90 Day Generosity Challenge, proclaiming “God owns it all and I invest my finances for the sake of his purposes." 

If you missed Sunday, please watch/listen to the podcast:

Watch the sermon: "Money Myths & Money Truths"

1 Corinthians 16:1–4

[1] Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. [2] On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. [3] And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem. [4] If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me. (ESV)

God is a generous God

We believe God has provided everything in our lives and that he will continue to do so. 

This is an opportunity to literally put our money where our mouth is. 

As we read Scripture, we see evidence of this everywhere. James says it this way, “Every good and perfect gift is from above...” 

God invites us to follow Him by living lives filled with generosity, and this generosity is a marker of our apprenticeship to Jesus. The joy and purpose of generosity is experienced when we align our lives with God and watch Him do what only He can do!

2 Corinthians 9:10–11

[10] He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. [11] You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. (ESV)

God has asked us to give intentionally, regularly and generously so we might grow in our faith. When we give we are declaring our desire to steward everything God has given us according to his purposes. He desires to bless his people, and for them to be a blessing to others.

Giving is also a means to release the stronghold that finances and material things have in our hearts. God knew that his people would become attached to things and in turn, worship them instead of him. We give regularly so that we are continually put in a position of humility, service, and trust; so that he can free us from the grasp of materialism.

Watch the bible project's video on generosity 

Living generously requires a posture of trust in God, and it’s all rooted in the conviction that God has given us all we need. If Jesus gave the ultimate gift of his own life for us, despite our selfishness and failure, then the only reasonable response is to extend that same loving gift to others. The story of Jesus has the potential to recreate us in the image of the generous God who loves to give abundantly.

The Challenge

So now we believe that by committing as a community to a 90-Day Giving Challenge that God will honor our obedience to Him and pour down for us a blessing until there is no more need.

Malachi 3:10

[10] Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. (ESV)

The idea of giving cheerfully, sacrificially and regularly to the church might seems overwhelming or even scary. But giving is about training our heart to trust God at His Word. 

Proverbs 3:9–10

[9] Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; [10] then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (ESV)

It’s about his provision and his power, not our own. Countless people experience God’s blessing when they give faithfully. This doesn’t mean you’ll be a billionaire or a yacht will magically appear in your front yard. It means God will do what he says, “pour out blessing until there is no more need.” Trust him!

We realize the first step is the hardest one to take–which is why we’re doing this together as a community! 

So, here’s our plan: 

#1 Pick your challenge:

Wherever you’re at, level up, and choose the challenge that will actually challenge you!

Make giving a habit → If you attend Anthem Church and you don’t give to the church, start by making a commitment to give regularly for 90 days.

Live on less → If you give regularly to the church, start giving generously by living on 90% and giving 10% for 90 days. 

Give above & beyond → If you already give regularly and have experienced living on less—or if you have the spiritual gift of generosity—choose to give above and beyond.  

#2 Share your 90 day generosity plan with 1-2 people in your CG who you trust to hold you to your commitment.

A level of accountability to both how you intend to spend your money, and how you actually do spend your money is very wise and helpful.

#3 Watch God work

The challenge is, actually try this out, and see what God does! 

Pay attention to your heart, your posture, your mentality, and your prayers. How is God moving? What is God teaching you? How he is increasing your capacity for generosity? What are needs around you that God may have you meet? How if your heart, treasure, and desires shifting with where your money is going? 

We are using November, December, and January to see how God will meet us in this place of faith and trust!

2 Corinthians 9:6–7

[6] The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. [7] Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (ESV)