Step Up: Living the Blessed Life
Deuteronomy 8:18 (KJV) But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
3 John 2 (KJV) Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
Today is Life Change Commitment Sunday-
When we began this conversation here’s what we told you to expect out this series this month:
Purpose- A Clear Understanding of the ministry movement- The Step up initiative is a 24-month initiative designed to give positional empower for The Tab community to Step Out into our future. The four buckets as we call them are strategic in order to launch us into phase two of establishing a generational ministry.
Plan- A Clear Path towards living the Blessed Life God has called you personally too. Keys that if utilized will open doors to greater prosperity for you, your family and the kingdom of God.
Commitment- An Opportunity to make a commitment to live a generous lifestyle with the church community.
The fourth step in Living the Blessed Life is Commitment.
Next Level Generosity- Acts 4:33–35 (NLT) The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. 34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.
Meeting Needs- James 2:14–16 (KJV) What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
Spontaneous Generosity- 1 John 3:17 (KJV) But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
Intentional Generosity- 1 Corinthians 16:2 (NLT) On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned. Don’t wait until I get there and then try to collect it all at once.
What would you say to those who are facing the differing levels of Stepping up their generosity today?
The Track Record of God- Hebrews 12:1 (NLT) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
Excel In Giving- 2 Corinthians 8:7 (NLT) Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.
Let’s Finish Strong- 2 Corinthians 8:10–11 (NLT) Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago. Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it. 11 Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have.
Generosity is a Decision- 2 Corinthians 9:7-8 (NLT) You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
The Results of a Generous Life- 2 Corinthians 9:11-12 (NLT) Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.