Radical Generosity – Gospel in Life
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Radical Generosity

Tim Keller |  November 10, 1991

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Topics:
  • Stewardship, Generosity and Money
Duration:
41:19
Scripture:
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
SKU:
IS 22

Overview

When we realize that everything that we have is a gift from God, it becomes possible for us to give in a radical way. As we realize God’s grace, we also understand that our earthly possessions are expendable. We are also fed physically and spiritually when we engage in this kind of Christ-like generosity.

2 Corinthians 9:6–15

Talking about money is important, both in our everyday lives and in the teachings of the Bible. We grow spiritually when we offer our money and our feelings about it to God, similar to how a doctor needs all your health information to help you. In 2 Corinthians 9, being a true Christian is linked to showing extreme kindness in giving. We’ll look at the effects, reasons, and extent of this giving.

1. The effects of giving

In the story, Paul is trying to help people in Jerusalem who don’t have enough food. This shows that acts of kindness can meet immediate needs like hunger and also lead to thankfulness to God. The church has a double role: meeting people’s physical needs and also their spiritual needs, giving them a sense of purpose. The early Christians were known for things like their respect for all races, valuing life, maintaining sexual purity, and being extremely generous. These qualities, combined with the life-changing message of Jesus, can help society become a better place.

2. The reasons for giving

If we believe that everything we have is a gift from God, it can make us want to give more. It changes how we see the things we own, as signs of God’s kindness. It’s important to teach this to young people. Knowing God’s love and how valuable Jesus is should make us see everything else as less important. We should base our relationship with God on love, not on rules. This helps us to focus more on our relationship with Jesus than on our money.

3. The extent of giving

Extreme kindness in giving, inspired by the message of Jesus, is not just about following the rule of giving a tenth of our income. It’s a genuine response to God’s love. Even when money is tight and giving isn’t easy, we can still find joy in seeing how much our giving can help. As we learn to let go of our things, trusting that God will provide, we can feel secure and blessed.

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