Sunday, March 17, 2019—Mike Teel, Pastor
FATAL DISTRACTIONS: Escape the Grip of Greed
FOCAL PASSAGE: I Timothy 6:6-12
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
1. A GRIEVOUS SIN.
2. GOD’S READ ON GREED.
THE MANY BENEFITS OF LIVING THE LIFE OF GENEROSITY
1. BENEFIT #1: BLESSINGS
God’s Word says that we will harvest blessings in direct proportion to the way we plant.
2. BENEFIT #2: STIRRING UP OTHERS
II Corinthians 9:1-5
3. BENEFIT #3: HILARIOUS GENEROSITY
II Corinthians 9:6-7
WRESTLE FREE FROM GREED
· II Corinthians 9:8-15
Four maneuvers to release the grip of greed.
1. Learn to admire without having to acquire.
2. Learn the secret of giving stuff away.
3. Develop contentment.
4. Recognize the reality of death.
LIVE IT OUT
> Do you know the Champion of Love?
> What do you need to turn loose of today to be a person of generosity?