Leaving a Legacy


Pastor Louis Johnson, June 4, 2017

Leaving a Legacy

(John 12:1-6) Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

THINGS ABOUT GENEROSITY

1. THE ENEMY OF GENEROSITY.

THE ENEMY OF GENEROSITY IS SELFISHNESS.

What is one of the first words a child learns?  MINE

Extravagance- the one who has more than you.

God will test you, not tempt you.

2. THE EXTRAVAGANCE OF GENEROSITY

GOD IS A _GENEROUS_ GOD AND GOD GAVE AN _EXTRAVAGANT_ GIFT.

(II Corinthians 8:5) And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.

Jesus said where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

3 LEVELS OF GIVING

TITHE

OFFERINGS

EXTRAVAGANT OFFERINGS

3. THE REWARD OF GENEROSITY.

GENEROSITY IS WHEN YOU GIVE AND EXPECT _NOTHING_ IN RETURN.

(Mark 14:9) “Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

Generosity comes from gratitude.

(Hebrews 11:6) And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

He blessed us with finances.

He rewards us with Himself.