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Lesson 5


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Lesson 5

  1. 1. Managing My Generosity, Values and Growth<br />Lesson 5<br />
  2. 2. Philippians 4:11-13<br />11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ,[a] who gives me strength<br />
  3. 3. My Generosity Today Gives Me Significance<br />Our Generosity <br />
  4. 4. The Rich Man ( Luke 12:15-21)<br />In this famous story, Jesus introduces us to a rich man who illustrates what happens when our lives center on ourselves instead of others <br />
  5. 5. He was faced with a decision on what to do with the surplus he had ( v. 16-17)<br />He chose to store up his surplus and consume it all himself.<br />He was shocked when his life ended and God found him bankrupt ( v. 19-20)<br />He failed in life because he never developed a generous spirit. ( v. 21)<br />
  6. 6. Why generosity matters today?<br />Giving Turns Your Focus Outward.<br />Giving adds value to others<br />Giving helps the Giver.<br />
  7. 7. Making the Decision to Model Generosity<br />Don’t keep score ( Give others your resources without keeping track of your gift).<br />Give others yourself, not just your money ( Offer your time and energy sacrificially).<br />Don’t wait for prosperity to become generous. ( Manage what you have right now)<br />
  8. 8. Find reasons to give every day ( Look for excuses to give generously to others)<br />Find people everyday to whom you can add value ( Be proactive in looking for people to invest in )<br />
  9. 9. Rules of adding value<br />Value people: Treat everyone with respect.<br />Know what people value : Listen and understand them.<br />Make yourself more valuable : Grow in relevant ways.<br />Do things that God values: Since He loves unconditionally, so must we.<br />
  10. 10. My Values Gives Me Direction<br />Our Values<br />
  11. 11. Over the last five years , global companies in the marketplace have faced lawsuits because of moral and financial crimes.<br />
  12. 12. Biblical Case Study : David and Saul ( I Sam 24:1-22<br />SAUL’S VALUES CAUSED HIM..<br />To harm those who threaten him.<br />To possess rage, jealousy, and envy<br />To be volatile in behaviour<br />DAVID’S VALUES CAUSED HIM…<br />To harm no one.<br />To be at peace with himself and God.<br />To be predictable and righteous<br />
  13. 13. Biblical Case Study : David and Samuel( I Sam 24:1-22<br />SAUL’S VALUES CAUSED HIM..<br />To disobey God in the little things.<br />To lose integrity by covering his sin.<br />DAVID’S VALUES CAUSED HIM…<br />To obey God in the little things.<br />To keep his integrity by respecting Saul<br />
  14. 14. Why values matter today?<br />Values are your anchor<br /><ul><li>They can hold you place during the storms of life when everyone else is wavering.</li></ul>Values are faithful friend<br /><ul><li>They remind you of your faithful intentions and hold you accountable to do what’s right.</li></ul>Values are your north star.<br /><ul><li>They guide you when your future is unfamiliar and uncertain.</li></li></ul><li>Where to start Values<br />Create a list of Good Values <br />Make a decision to embrace those values daily, regardless of your feelings.<br />Tell your values to others.<br />Compare your values to your practices each day.<br />Evaluate each day in light of your values.<br />
  15. 15. My Growth Gives Me Potential<br />Our Growth<br />
  16. 16. If you are growing in any area , there is hope for you.<br />The truth is – it’s not so much where you are , but what direction you are going that matters.<br />Robert Louis Stevenson said, “ To be what we are and to become what we are capable of becoming , is the only end of life”<br />
  17. 17. Pulitzer Prize winning composer says <br />“Hell begins on that day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts we wasted, of all that we might have done that we did not do”. <br />
  18. 18. Misconceptions About Growth<br />Growth is automatic : false . Many grow older without growing up or growing wiser.<br />Growth comes from information: false. Knowledge without application means little.<br />Growth comes with experiences : false. Experience is only good if it improves us.<br />Growth is unnecessary for me : false. If you plan to lead , you must keep growing.<br />
  19. 19. Discussion:<br />What hinders you from continuing to grow personally?<br />
  20. 20. Biblical Case Study : The Apostle Paul ( Phil 3:12-14)<br />He decided he wasn’t where he wanted to be.<br />Paul admitted he wasn’t perfect and that he still needed to grow as a person.<br />“ Not that I have already obtained it or have already been made perfect” ( Philippians 3:12)<br />2. He discovered what he want<br />Paul figured out exactly what it was that was worth working for and growing toward.<br />“..but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which I also was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.<br />
  21. 21. 3. He determined what hindered him.<br />Paul uncovered exactly what it was that would prevent him from reaching his goal.<br />“.. Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead..” ( Phil 3:13)<br />
  22. 22. 4. He discerned how to get it.<br />Paul learned the steps he needed to take to gain the outcome he was pursuing.<br />“… I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” ( Philippians 3:14)<br />
  23. 23. Steps for Personal Growth<br />Make a Plan to grow in some way every day.<br />Establish goals for growth in key areas of your life.<br />Put yourself in a growth environment.<br />Learn to enjoy the journey: learn all you can from each person , resource and opportunity<br />
  24. 24. 5. File what you learn in a place where you can find it when you need it.<br />6. Apply what you learn.<br />