Extravagant Generosity

Sep 8 2019
Pastor Richard Welsh
Extravagant generosity

John 12:1-6 NKJV
[1] Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. [2] There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. [3] Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. [4] But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, who would betray Him, said, [5] "Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" [6] This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.

約翰福音 12:1-6 CCB
逾越節前六天,耶穌來到伯大尼,就是祂叫拉撒路從死裡復活的村子。 2 村裡有人為耶穌預備了晚飯,拉撒路也與耶穌同席,瑪大在旁邊伺候。 3 瑪麗亞拿出一瓶珍貴的純哪噠香膏來抹耶穌的腳,又用自己的頭髮去擦,屋裡頓時充滿了香氣。
4 有一個門徒,就是將要出賣耶穌的加略人猶大說: 5 「為什麼不把香膏賣三百個銀幣去賙濟窮人呢?」 6 他這樣說不是因為他真的關心窮人,其實他是個賊,常常藉管錢的機會中飽私囊。

1 - The extravagance of generosity 奢華的慷慨

John 3:16 NIV
[16] For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
約翰福音 3:16 CNV
3 levels of giving 施予的三個層次
- Tithes 十一奉獻
- Offerings 奉獻
- Extravagant offerings 極級慷慨的奉獻

2 - The reward of generosity 慷慨的賞賜

Mark 14:9 NKJV
[9] Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her."

馬可福音 14:9 CCB

Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
[6] But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
希伯來書 11:6 CNV
沒有信,就不能得到 神的喜悅;因為來到 神面前的人,必須信 神存在,並且信他會賞賜那些尋求他的人。