#02: GIVE AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN
A) I want to talk to you about our LEGACY Breakout Offering on Sunday, June 24th
B) Legacy = something tangible that is passed from one generation to another
C) This year Toronto City Church is celebrating 30 years. Church Without Limits would have been celebrating its 18th Anniversary. What we are experiencing now is because there were many people who have prayed, served, been faithful, scarfed and sowed… some who are here and some who are not. They have left a legacy to us.
D) We are coming into a new season of faith, contending, praying, sowing and sacrificing for what God wants to do in the next 30 years and we are going to pay the price now to leave a legacy for the next generation. We are going to be FUTURE focused.
E) For the next season, our LEGACY Offering is going to focus on two key thrusts: we are going to attack our mortgage and we are going to strategically invest in key advancements.
F) Our mortgage is currently $2.6 million. Last year we were able to take an extra $60,000 off of it and our goal is that every year we will continue to go above and beyond our regular payments to pay it down. We are believing the Lord to be debt-free. And we still have Phase 3 to build.
G) Next week I’m going to talk about some of the other elements of this years offering.
H) I want to call on every member of our church family to seek God and give into this special offering (above your regular tithes and offerings)
I) We are also going to be starting the LEGACY Company – a group of people who are committed to give above and beyond in the vision/mission of TCC in a strategic way and help us push forward into the future.
II THE POWER OF GIVING
A) Today I want to talk to you about the power of giving
B) As a young man who was growing in God, this was one of the first revelations the Lord showed me and that I walked in.
Luke 6:38 (NIV) – Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Matt 6:33 (AMP) – But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides
Mark 4:11 (NIV) – He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables
C) Jesus said “Give and it will be given unto you, pressed down, shaken together and running over…”
D) When I read this I have a choice: I can choose to believe it or I can choose to not believe it (whatever form that takes)
E) It’s actually really easy to tell whether you believe it or not… you just look at your actions.
III PERSONAL STORY: MY JOURNEY OF GIVING
A) I shared some of my personal journey in giving
B) Some keys from my story:
1) I heard the Word of God about giving and chose to believe it
2) I listened to Holy Spirit
3) I had to make a choice to step out on the Word of God = RISK
4) I positioned myself to receive
C) God is calling us to step out of the boat and to walk on the water (Matt 14:22-36)