Ok this is what I have written down duri…

Ok this is what I have written down during Pastor Charles Niemann’s sermon:
1 Timothy 6: 17-19
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty (to be humble), nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
Let them do good (benevolent), that they be rich in good works (or noble acts), ready to give (generous), willing to share,
storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life (life that is truly life).”
Pastor gave several definitions of do good, with the most impactful one being “do good can also mean causing things to come together for the glory of God for the benefit of yourself and others.”
He went on to expound on generosity, that we should be generous, because our Abba who loves us is also a generous God! John 3:16 (summarised) God love, God gave and…we possess!

2 Peter 1: 4 “…that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature
He went on to say that generosity resonates in our hearts because once we become believers, we partake of His divine nature which includes that characteristic. (even though our heads may argue)
Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly (John 10: 10)

Pastor went on to elaborate on generosity; it does not only mean money. We can also be generous in our forgiveness, time, attention, etc The attitude behind giving is also important, as giving does not mean there is a generous spirit behind it.

In verse 19, he elaborated on good foundation in the time to come, by saying that generosity is never in vain, as it lays the foundation for our bright future ahead, when the world is in turmoil (therefore, we cannot trust in the world system/riches, but in our Abba–>see verse 17)

Generosity points to eternal life–>It is what attract non-believers to the Church. Pastor went on to quote from Acts 4:32 about how the early Church set a precedent of generosity in the Roman Empire (that era was marked as a period of the “Haves” and the “Haves not” in which the “Haves” had no inclination to help the poor). Pastor went on to say that it should not be taken as a doctrine, but rather a case to illustrate how generosity can attract people.

Isaiah 32: 8 ” But a generous man devises generous things (great plans), And by generosity he shall stand.” Pastor linked it to another verse from Ephesians 6: 13-14 about standing and said how generosity is part of our standing.

That’s all I can recall. We are blessed to be a blessing (preventor of misfortune). We should never ask God like ” Please bless us” because our blessings are sure!