Joyful Generosity (Philippians 4:10-20)Nathan Herrlin, 2017-11-26
Part of the Chasing Happy series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
A very common lie: “Happiness is found in ___________________.”
A not-so-common truth: “Happiness is found in _________________.”
3 things we must believe in order to experience the JOY of generosity:
1. Giving is ________________gain, not ________________ loss.
2. Giving is ________________ activity, not just __________________ activity.
3. Giving is a way to _______________ financial security, not ___________ my financial security.
A generosity strategy:
10But I rejoice in the Lord greatly, that now at length ye have revived your thought for me; wherein ye did indeed take thought, but ye lacked opportunity. 11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content. 12I know how to be abased, and I know also how to abound: in everything and in all things have I learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in want. 13I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me. 14Howbeit ye did well that ye had fellowship with my affliction. 15And ye yourselves also know, ye Philippians, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church had fellowship with me in the matter of giving and receiving but ye only; 16for even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my need. 17Not that I seek for the gift; but I seek for the fruit that increaseth to your account. 18But I have all things, and abound: I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things [that came] from you, and odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God. 19And my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20Now unto our God and Father [be] the glory for ever and ever. Amen. (ASV)