Sun City Church has a set of five core values- Outward Focus, Generosity, Thoughtfulness, Teamwork, and People. In our last blog post we talked about having an Outward Focus. This week we want to share a little with you about creating a culture of Generosity.
One of the most familiar Scripture verses is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.” God evidenced His love for humanity by giving. It makes a big statement about the link between giving and our heart. Wherever our heart is, our money and personal investment will follow.
Think about your own life in this light: Whatever you are passionate about drives your spending. Maybe it is your kids and a cut of your paycheck goes to paying for sport, hobbies or educational experiences for them. It could be a sports team and you fund the block party to watch the game complete with matching jerseys for you and your significant other. Perhaps it is your yard, your hobbies, or your work…regardless, your love and passion determine your generosity.
We aren’t cutting on the things you enjoy in life. Just the opposite, we are excited about the areas of your life that enable you to genuinely connect with people in the community. God has placed us within circles of influence for the purpose of spreading the Gospel to every nook and cranny of society.
At Sun City Church, we want our value of sharing God’s love with our community to be a top priority in our lives. We are stepping into the footsteps of Jesus by evidencing our love for people through generous giving. Whether it is financial support, investing our gifts and talents, giving time and energy, we want to shower our community with generosity.
Some of the ways we are dreaming about this value being lived out in Sun City Church is through coaching on kids’ sports teams, cleaning up the grounds in public places, volunteering in schools and city sponsored events. We want to be creative and practically helpful in ways that we can be generous to our city.
We also want generosity to be evident when the community comes to join us for a weekend worship experience. When a guest shows up at our doors, we want them to feel like we were planning on them coming and have gone out of our way to welcome and make them at home inside of our walls. The words we hope to hear from their lips are, “Those people at Sun City Church, they are always giving something away.”
You will probably hear us say it a few more times… At Sun City Church, we want to be generous with each other, with our community and overseas. We want to create delight in our city through generosity.
If you would like to hear more about our value of Generosity, pull up a chair and join us at the table as we discuss this value on our podcast.