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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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A Generous Church is Made Up of Generous People!
Was there ever a time in your life when you were in need of generosity? That was certainly the case for the apostle Paul, who received a generous gift from the Philippian church. As we concluded our eight-week “Better Together” study through Philippians, Pastor Doug explored the heart, results, and benefits of generosity in our lives as well as the lives of those we give to.
Watch this short video to see how this weekend’s teaching affected some of our fellow church members. To watch this teaching or other messages from this series, click here.
For the Note Takers
Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug’s teaching this weekend:
The Gospel is Well Worth Giving To (Philippians 4:17–18): Paul’s words here echo the words of Jesus, who said “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” The apostle was grateful for the gift he received . . . not because of need, but because it showed him that his children were growing more generous.
God Works Through Generous Channels (2 Corinthians 9:6–8): Don’t expect a harvest if you’ve never planted. God’s looking for people He can trust to sow kingdom seeds. Remember, giving is an act of worship. The gift is just the means by which the giver grows.
Your Generosity Brings God Delight (Philippians 4:19): We live in a selfish world where people take effortlessly. Every single day, we fight against the pressures of materialism. But when we embrace God’s heart for giving and approach things with a lamb’s mentality, with the same attitude of generosity Christ showed for us, we bring God glory and more clearly point people to Jesus. In fact, we are never more like Jesus than when we’re being generous.
You Can’t Out-Give God (Philippians 4:19–23): We are never poorer for having given. God will never be our debtor, and we can never out-give God. His riches are eternal and boundless. He is the ultimate giver, and full generosity comes from knowing what He did for you.
Quote to Remember: “A generous church is made up of generous people”—Pastor Doug Sauder
The Four Types of People
This weekend, Pastor Doug shared the four types of people when it comes to giving. What type of person are you?
1. Wolf: “What’s yours is mine . . . I’m going to take it.”
2. Goat: “What’s mine is mine . . . I’m going to keep it.”
3. Sheep: “What’s mine is from God . . . I’m going to share some.”
4. Lamb: “What’s mine is God’s . . . I’m going to give it.”
Download the Philippians Study Guide
Even though we’ve come to the end of our Philippians series, you can still download our in-depth, 49-day verse-by-verse study guide, complete with questions for reflection and weekly challenges. It’s a great resource for you to go deeper in one of Paul’s most powerful letters, and an easy tool for your everyday devotional time. Download it today!
A Look Ahead
This Wednesday, Pastor Duane Roberts from our Boynton Beach campus will teach on the church of Philadelphia. Learn about how Jesus will defend those who hold tightly to Him and reward those who persevere to the end.
This weekend, Pastor Chris Baselice from our Plantation campus will be sharing a message about the heart behind Love South Florida and the impact a united church can have on our community. We look forward to seeing you here.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.