Chip Ingram describes learning about generosity as a young pastor. An elder in his church, who was a prosperous executive, fed money into an account and asked Ingram to give the money away to people who needed it most. One of them had resources and the other had contacts with needy people. The secret pact began. They met quarterly to discuss results and replenish the fund for the next quarter.
From this experience, Ingram learned the meaning of being a steward of someone else’s money. His task was to give away money that belonged to someone else. In reality, we are each stewards of God’s money and He is willing to keep funding our account if we will give it away.
By couching his message in his experience as a pastor giving away someone else’s money, his teaching points were believable, real, and desirable.
Supported by scripture, the lessons the author learned about generosity come across naturally and not heavy-handed (as giving messages often come across). Moreover, he explains how giving isn’t just something we have to do; it’s the smart thing to do, hence the book title, The Genius of Generosity.
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