How To Be Rich // No-Strings-Attached Generosity
[ECC Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, Covington Campus]
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. (1 Timothy 6:17-18 NLT)
No one considers themselves RICH. But we are going to practice being rich.
Studies show that the more money Americans make, the less they give away (by percentage.)
Eastridge wants to be a partner with local ministries not a competitor.
- We want our LOCAL focus to be on housing, food, children, and families.
- We want our GLOBAL focus with partners in India, Honduras, Ethiopia, Mexico to be on mission trips, construction work, and orphanages.
- We want to shape people’s opinion of us by our generosity, not our theology.
No strings attached generosity is hard to resist.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NLT)
God demonstrated the greatest gift of generosity by giving us His only son.
Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” (Luke 10:34-37 NLT)
Jesus instructed us to be generous with our love and our resources.
- No matter the race.
- No matter the socioeconomic standing.
- And no matter if they can reciprocate.
“If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return. “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. (Luke 6:32-35 NLT)
Do good for those who can’t do anything good for you.
Eastridge Mission Partners for 2015-2016
9 Local Mission Partners:
- Spring Ministries
- Refuge Pregnancy Center
- The Abiding Journey
- Salvation Army
- Rainbow Community Center
- Newton County Christian Learning Center
- Willing Helpers Food Pantry
- Alcovy Housing Authority
6 Global Mission Partners:
- North Georgia Christian Camp
- Chi Alpha Campus Ministry of American University (Washington DC), Josh & Brittney Jones
- Mission Caribe, Honduras
- Casas Por Cristo, Mexico/Guatemala, Dominican Republic
- Mid-India Church Partners, India
- Brighton Their World, Africa
How can you participate?
We endeavor to raise $100,000 this year for these Mission Partners.
That comes out to $40 per adult 4x a year. And we will give 100% away to our Mission Partners.
We are asking you to give to our community and the communities around the world.
Or bring your offering to Eastridge Covington Campus or Eastridge Jackson Lake Campus on Sunday March 22, 2015.