Grounded Podcast

The Season of Giving

The Bible tells us that God loves a cheerful giver. Join hosts, Erin Davis, Dannah Gresh, Alejandra Slemin, and Portia Collins as they welcome guests who will help us consider what God’s Word teaches about living generously. Be challenged to be intentional with your generosity during this Christmas season.

Connect with Steve:

Twitter: @stevecanfield6

Connect with Darren:

Instagram: @darrentyler

Twitter: @darrentyler

Conduit Mission: https://conduitmission.org/

 

Episode Notes:

The Beauty of Generosity Podcast

The Great Christmas Cookie Decorating Party

Living and Giving Principles:

  1. Before I give any of my material possessions to God, He first wants me to give myself (2 Corinthians 8:5).
    1. Has there ever been a point in my life when I fully gave myself to God?
    2. Have I completely surrendered my will, my desires, my needs, my goals, and my plans to God?
    3.  Is there any area of my life that I have not yielded to God? Relationships? Position? Reputation? Recognition? Finances? Future?
    4. Do I sometimes find it easier to give my material possessions than to give myself or my time to minister to the needs of others?
  2. I must be willing to be made materially poor, if necessary, in order that I or others might be made spiritually rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).
    1. When was the last time I demonstrated this principle in my life?
    2. Have I ever done so?
    3. Would I be willing to apply this principle if no one else would ever know I had done it?
    4. Have I ever applied this principle and later grumbled against God for not immediately meeting my perceived needs or desires?
    5. What material sacrifices on my part might help to nurture my spiritual life?
    6. What specific material sacrifices could I make that might help others to be made spiritually rich?
  3. God wants me to learn to give out of that which I have (2 Corinthians 8:12).
    1. Make a list of all the material possessions that God has entrusted to you.
    2. What other non-material resources has God given me that I might be able to invest in others or in His kingdom (e.g., time)?
    3. Do I tend to expect God to meet my needs through the giving of others rather than through my own giving?
    4. When I hear of a need, do I ask the Lord if He wants me to have a part in helping meet that need?
    5. What do I have right now that God might want me to give?
  4. I need to transfer the ownership of everything I have to God (1 Chronicles 29:14).
    1. Have I transferred the ownership of everything I have to God?
    2. Since the owner has the right to make the final decision, have I accepted God’s right to give or to take away any of “my” material possessions, according to His will?
    3. Am I as quick to rejoice when I experience material loss as I am when God blesses me materially?
    4. Is there any material possession that I would be reluctant to part with at a moment’s notice from the Lord?
  5. Giving must be according to the will of God. In order to know the will of God, I must have no will of my own. The will of God is never contrary to the Word of God. The Word of God is the will of God.
    1. Have I studied what the Word of God has to say in relation to my giving?
    2. Do I prayerfully seek God’s will in relation to my giving?
    3. Are there any principles of God’s Word that I may be violating in my giving?
    4. Am I willing to obey any direction from God in relation to my giving?
  6. I need to learn to give today out of my abundance (or supply) to meet the needs of others, believing that tomorrow, if I have a need, God will use the abundance of others to meet my need.
    1. Make a list of any individuals or ministries that you are aware of who have specific material needs at this time.
    2. Are there any of those needs that God may want to meet out of the supply He has given to me?
    3. Do I feel the need to maintain a “safety net” in case God doesn’t provide for me?
    4. Am I guilty of hoarding certain resources for fear that I may need them at some unforeseen time?
    5. When God uses the abundance of others to meet my needs, do I gratefully receive the gift as a provision from God?
  7. The deeper the level of my giving, the greater is the expression of my love (2 Corinthians 8:8). Levels of Giving Obedience (giving of regular tithes and offerings) Faith (giving what God clearly prompts, but I cannot see or figure out) Sacrifice (giving out of my need—that which I actually need to live)
    1. Am I currently practicing biblical giving by giving back to the Lord at least 10% of my income?
    2. Have I practiced faith giving in the past six months?
    3. When was the last time I gave sacrificially to the Lord’s work or to meet the need of another believer?
    4. Does my life illustrate each of these three levels of giving? e. What does my giving reveal about the depth of my love for the Lord Jesus?
  8.  I am to minister to the material needs of those who minister to my spiritual needs (Galatians 6:6).
    1. Make a list of the people who have ministered to you spiritually in the past year.
    2. Am I aware of the personal and material needs of the people on my list? How could I become better informed of their needs?
    3. Am I consistently investing in the lives of those who minister to me?

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About the Hosts

Erin Davis

Erin Davis

Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. She is the author of many books and Bible studies including: 7 Feasts, Connected, Beautiful Encounters, and the My Name Is Erin series. She serves on the ministry team of Revive Our Hearts. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

Portia Collins

Portia Collins

Portia Collins is a Christian Bible teacher and writer/blogger who enjoys studying and teaching Scripture.  Portia is the founder of "She Shall Be Called" (SSBC), a women’s ministry centered on helping women understand and embrace true biblical womanhood through solid study of God's Word. To learn more about SSBC, visit www.sheshallbecalled.com.  Portia and her husband, Mikhail, have a daughter and currently live in the Mississippi Delta. 

Dannah Gresh

Dannah Gresh

When Dannah Gresh was eight years old, she began praying that God would use her as a Bible teacher for “the nations.” When she sees the flags of many countries waving at a Revive Our Hearts event, it feels like an answer to her prayer.

Dannah is the founder of True Girl which provides tools for moms and grandmothers to disciple their 7–12 year-old girls. On Monday nights, you’ll find Dannah hosting them in her online Bible study. She has authored over twenty-eight books, including Ruth: Becoming a Girl of Loyalty, Lies Girls Believe, and a Bible study for adult women based on the book of Habakkuk. She and her husband, Bob, live on a hobby farm in central Pennsylvania.

Alejandra Slemin

Alejandra Slemin

Alejandra is a sinner who believed in Jesus at the age of seven in her native country, Dominican Republic. She is a wife and homeschool mom. She's passionate about Christ, studying the Scriptures, discipling, teaching, and learning alongside women. Currently, she supports her husband as he serves as a church planter in Victoria, BC, Canada. Alejandra loves herbs, designing headbands with her daughter, being outdoors, and serving her community.

About the Guests

Steve Canfield

Steve Canfield

After graduating from Bible College with a degree in Bible and counseling, Steve served as a youth pastor in Illinois. Since joining Life Action Ministries in 1975, he has communicated family-centered, revival-oriented truths to over a million people in churches, camps, public high schools, and civic auditoriums.

Darren Tyler

Darren Tyler

Darren Tyler is a former music industry executive turned pastor. He served as the Lead Pastor as well as the Lead Missionary for Conduit Church in Franklin, TN. Conduit gives away over 50% of gross revenues toward funding global mission initiatives. Darren’s first book, The Power of the Seven, encourages the reader to discover, develop and deliver the world shifting gifts of Romans 12. Married to Shannon for twenty-six years they have four children and make their home just outside of Nashville, TN.