In order for us to be generous, we need the right perspectives.

Nothing vies for our attention and affection more than OUR stuff.

We have to see with God's perspective.



Stewardship: following God's Plan for Money involves...

  • Making Christ-Centered Decisions
  • Growing as a good steward (or manager)
  • Experiencing the joy of being generous
  • Growing in giving to your church home

Steps to Becoming Generous

Never Given? 
Give something!

Occasionally give? 
Give something consistently.

Giving Consistently?
Try giving a percentage of your income (any percentage!)

Giving your percentage?
Tithe (10% of your income)

Already tithing? 
Give above & beyond!

Time, Strengths & Money

  • time
  • energy
  • strengths
  • thoughts
  • relationships
  • work
  • money

...are all gifts from God. We have been given the opportunity to manage—or steward—these resources.

The process of being generous from what we have been given is at the heart of becoming a surrendered and spiritually-mature follower of Christ.


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What does Generosity really mean?

Generosity is unrelated to income and wealth.

“In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.” (2 Corinthians 8:2)

Generosity is never forced.

“For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own.” (2 Corinthians 8:3)

Generosity cannot be contained.

“They urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.“ (2 Corinthians 8:4)

Generosity is always focused first toward the Lord.

“They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.” (2 Corinthians 8:5)

Generosity is tangible evidence of our love for God.

“I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love.“ (2 Corinthians 8:8)

Generous people meet needs.

“At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need . . . “[He] who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.” (2 Corinthians 8:14)

Generosity honors the Lord.

“What is more, he was chosen by the churches to accompany us as we carry the offering, which we administer in order to honor the Lord himself and to show our eagerness to help. “ (2 Corinthians 8:19)

Real generosity is expressed cheerfully.

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Generosity is personal between us and God.

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

God provides the gift for the generous to give.

“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous.” (2 Corinthians 9:10–11)

Expressed generosity moves others closer to God.

“So that you can be generous . . . and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity." (2 Corinthians 9:11–13)

Generosity is a condition of the “heart.”

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

Being Generous With Your Time

Serve Somewhere

Serve Saturdays are coming up on Oct. 16 & Turkeyfest in November.

Find a Regular Serving Role
Visit vineyardcincinnati.com/serve. We have current needs at the Healing Center and in Vineyard Kids.

Just email volunteer@healingcentercincinnati.org or kids@vineyardcincinnati.com and someone will get back to you!

Your donations are also funding these areas of Generosity

Destiny Rescue

Rescuing children from sex trafficking

Back2Back

Back2Back Ministries is an international Christian non-profit organization dedicated to being a voice for orphans. We partner with locations in India and Mazatlan, Mexico

Global Outreach Scholarships

Assistance for Vineyard attendees to go on global outreach trips.

Missionary Support

Financial support for missionaries from the Vineyard or this church who serve around the world

The Healing Center

We are currently upgrading the store where guests can shop for clothing to facilitate giving it all away within our own community. 

Grafted Ministry

Supporting people who want to adopt but cannot financially afford to do so.

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