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Living Generously – The Objective

Living Generously – The Objective

Sermon Notes

 1 Chronicles 29:1-14

Back Story

  • King David is passionate about spending a lot of money to build a temple for God (1 Chr. 17:1).
  • The Prophet Nathan initially affirmed his desire (1 Chr. 17:2).
  • Then God spoke new guidance into this situation (1 Chr. 17:3-4, 11-15).

Takeaway

When there is a deep passion, your first impulse often needs a little pause.

In that “pause,” you put

  • A prophet is someone who speaks truth (17:3-4).
  • A prayer, some time to sit in front of God (17:6).

Context

King David was in a campaign to raise money for the new Temple. After this, he offers a prayer of dedication that gives insight into his relationship with wealth. These words shared from his heart are potent principles to guide us in understanding what we need to do with money.

Passage (1 Chronicles 29:1-14)

1. Everything belongs to God (vs. 10-11).

2. Everything comes from God (vs. 12-13).

3. And because of this, giving is a privilege (v. 14).

4. Giving recognizes the brevity of life (v. 15).

5. Thus, our giving shows a sense of integrity with our finances (vs. 17-19).

You have an integrity problem if you cannot connect the dots between your financial goals and your faithfulness to God.

Discussion Questions

TALK IT OUT

  1. What did you learn last week from tracking your spending habits? 
  • Pastor Rusty asks us to answer the question, “What is the big goal with money?” How would you answer that question? 
  • How does systematic giving help you honor God with your finances?  
  • What financial goals have you set for yourself and your family? How were you able to reach that goal or goals? 
  • We learn in 1 Chronicles 29:11 that everything in heaven and earth belongs to God. How should that reality challenge the attitude most people have about money?  
  • In 1 Chronicles 29:15, we learn that giving recognizes the brevity of life. How should we understand our earthly lives are short and impact our giving?  
  • 1 Chronicles 29:17-19, it shows that our giving demonstrates our integrity with our finances. Pastor Rusty says, “If you cannot connect the dots between your financial goals and your faithfulness to God, then you have an integrity problem.” How does your giving demonstrate your integrity?  

LIVE IT OUT 

  • Since everything belongs to God and comes from God, take a moment to thank God for the blessings He has given you.  
  • Ask God to help you understand that giving is more than a responsibility. It is also a privilege.  
  • Review how your current level of giving is bringing honor to God. Are you currently comfortable with the honor you are showing through this?