Stinkin’ Blessed 3 – Thanks-Giving

WHY WE GIVE

We see a need and we are Stinkin’ Blessed

The more we become like Jesus the closer we copy Him, like the churches in Macedonia who saw needs in Jerusalem

Matthew 10:8

We know the result, we understand the relationship between our giving and others being ministered to

Exodus 23:15, 34:20, Deuteronomy 16:16

2 Chronicles 31:6-10

We want to be obedient

[ctt template=”3″ link=”808bB” via=”no” ]If you consume all the seed, you have gathered your last harvest.[/ctt]

Malachi 3:10

We own the mission, we believe in it, we know why we give

It’s about being part of a church
that doesn’t just say it’s not about me but lives it in their planning, events and giving,
that isn’t over busy doing things we like but making decisions and doing things that reach out to the unconnected,
that doesn’t just say everyone has something awesome to do but works hard to give them the opportunity to do it,
that isn’t just about the few hours on Sunday morning but also the other 163 hours of the week!

Acts 1:8

 

Bunks for Cuba

So Stinkin’ Blessed – Share the Blessing

2 Corinthians 3:2-3

We are Church 29:11’s letter of recommendation!

“Giving is about generosity.
Generosity opens up the soul. Generosity connects me with God.
When I give away what I’ve worked so hard to earn, I begin to understand the Gospel. I begin to experience the heart of God as He sees His son dying on a cross for the sin He did not commit.
Generosity is the key to the treasure chest of joy. When I give, I experience just a taste of heaven.”
 – Geoff Surratt

What is Paul speaking, even to us, in 2 Corinthians?

2 Corinthians 8:4

[ctt template=”3″ link=”6afSa” via=”no” ]As we become more like Christ we will be more filled with generosity.[/ctt]

Verses 6-14

[ctt template=”3″ link=”di0yn” via=”no” ]If you have needs, pray you can be so blessed that you can be a blessing to others, not just a recipient.[/ctt]

Verses 9:2-8

[ctt template=”3″ link=”2S4Un” via=”no” ]If we sow generously and cheerfully we’ll reap generously, enough for us and to share. [/ctt]

An orphan spirit

Joseph Mattera’s article on the Orphan Spirit

We say we’ll begin giving when we get caught up financially, when it doesn’t take faith. And we’ll serve when we have more time or a convenient time.
But that’s from an orphan spirit, one that doesn’t believe God is going to follow-through on His promises and take care of us!

An orphan spirit creates selfishness, jealousy, greed, insecurity, competition and distance between adults and children and finds its identity in “things.”

1 Corinthians 3:1-3

1 Corinthians isn’t really about communion just like 2 Corinthians isn’t really about money. It’s that they haven’t yet allowed the Spirit of God to transform them through the Gospel!

THE POINT
When we live in the knowledge that
we are sons and daughters of God,
we don’t have to fight for our blessings.
So we don’t have to hoard them either.

So Stinkin’ Blessed – The Widow’s Might

Mark 12:41-44

The power of your giving is not inside your wallet but inside your heart.

It’s easy to say let the rich, powerful and talented do it or use the excuse that our help won’t matter or make a difference.

But we were all created as unique individuals with an awesome purpose!

Giving is proportional

Giving is proof of faith in God

Whatever excuse we use, we might as well be saying, “As soon as we do not have to do it by faith, we’re going to start giving.”

Giving is a partnership, with God!

Philippians 4:10-19

Giving is ministry

Our giving does more than provide Sunday services. Our giving enables outreach like the Great Pumpkin Bash, year-round benevolence and enables us to bless over a dozen needy kids at Christmas!

Where do you want to see harvest?

[ctt template=”3″ link=”Keet8″ via=”no” ]Everyone should attend a church they brag about. You should attend and support the church that you want to help fulfill its mission![/ctt]

Power week 3 – Living It

1 Chronicles 29:11

Stop walking like you’re lost, talking like you’re defeated, praying without hope, planning without expectation!

2 Chronicles 29:11

Psalm 29:11

Jeremiah 29:11

[ctt template=”3″ link=”28kyn” via=”no” ]With God there is no accident, coincidence or luck. There is a plan![/ctt]

How will God execute the plan? Not by dreaming, hoping and talking, but by acting, doing—by His power!

Romans 10:17

Genesis 1:2


Survey a few instances of the power of God in the Bible:

Genesis 12:1-3

1 Kings 18:42-45

2 Kings 6:8-12

Luke 4:14 and Acts 10:38

[ctt template=”3″ link=”0527e” via=”no” ]People must first see His love in us before they will receive His power for themselves![/ctt]

Mark 1:30-31

Luke 19:30 and Luke 22:7-13

Acts 2:38-39

Acts 23:11 and Acts 27:24

1 Corinthians 12:7-10

God has already done everything needed and entrusted it to us!

Where is God? Power, week 2

A few weeks ago in D.C. Dava and I saw the thousands of graves at Arlington cemetery, the constant reminders of slavery, the horrors of the Holocaust museum, then returned home to news about human trafficking and the Las Vegas shooting.

What if God has already done everything needed to bring peace into this world? And then entrusted it to us?

John 9:4-5, Matthew 5:14

So maybe the real question should be “Where are we?“ Perhaps the world isn’t such a dark place because God seems absent, but perhaps it’s because we are!

We want and need God’s power in our lives
               Luke 10:19
               Mark 16:15-18

But if we want to walk in God’s amazing power we must also walk in the power of love!
               John 13:35


What is the purpose of God’s power?

We see several places in the New Testament where people wanted Jesus to perform miracles like parlor tricks. Surely this isn’t the purpose of God’s power!

Jesus gave His disciples power in Luke 10 (see above) when He sent them to prepare His way, to reach those who had not yet heard of Him, to bless and heal.

The power Jesus spoke about in Mark 16 (see above) was part of the Great Commission, it was about reaching the world!

Luke 14:21-23

John 1:12


The Great Pumpkin Bash on October 31st!

5 obvious whys…

Feed a hungry child

Give busy families a safe place to be together

Let kids see their parents laugh for the first time in months

Be the example to an abusive parent

Be Jesus to our community!

4 deeper whys…

1. This is who we are as 29:11, part of what we see as our unique calling. Most of the time in the church world we’ve done events for ourselves and invited the community to join us. This is an event we host for the community, for their needs, for their families.

2. This is what it took to reach us and it will take the same selflessness to reach others! If you are a Christian today it’s because someone put you ahead of themselves!

3. This is how Jesus did it. He didn’t just preach about & forgive sin. Jesus met people’s needs, sometimes by teaching, sometimes by blessing, sometimes by healing & sometimes even feeding them!

4. This selfless serving is the most effective means of connecting people with Jesus. Remember the old saying, “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.”

John 14:10-17

SIGN UP TO SERVE AT THE GREAT PUMPKIN BASH

Power: Part One – The Greatest Power

The greatest, best, most-needed power?

Luke 10:1-20

The greatest power is not healing, not miracles, not financial blessings, not even that evil spirits are subject to us through the name of Jesus.

Because…

1. Healing, financial blessings, provision, freedom, deliverance, protection, etc are at best lifelong miracles. Salvation is all of those for eternity!

2. Salvation is the most amazing miracle of all!

[ctt template=”3″ link=”Fd5d0″ via=”no” ]Healing, financial blessings, provision, freedom, protection, etc are at best lifelong miracles. Salvation is all of those for eternity![/ctt]

 John 1:13, 3:6

This new birth as a symbol of salvation in Jesus denotes a new beginning, not starting over, but starting something brand new, a different way of living, a better life!

Adoption – Galatians 4:6-7, Romans 8:14-17, Ephesians 1:5

Forgiveness – 1 John 1:9, Acts 3:19, Hebrews 8:12

Freedom – John 8:35-36

3. Salvation is the first time the power of God operates in our lives.

Acts 2:38-39

[ctt template=”3″ link=”0U7eb” via=”no” ]When you follow God, serendipity, chance, fate, luck and coincidence are words other people often use to describe your life![/ctt]

Romans 10:9-10

How To… Worship

Thanksgiving – think “gratitude” or “appreciation”

Praise – think “honor” or “acknowledging”

Worship is: the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration

[ctt template=”3″ link=”485Q1″ via=”no” ]Worship doesn’t satisfy your appetite. Worship intensifies your appetite for the object of your worship![/ctt]

Worship doesn’t just cause you to notice the good things about God. Worship, especially of God, causes you to imitate Him!


So what is Worship?

[ctt template=”3″ link=”893PT” via=”yes” ]Worship isn’t something you sing on Sunday morning.[/ctt]

  • Prayer is worship – Matthew 6:9
  • Reading the Bible is worship – John 4:24
    How can we worship in truth if we don’t know truth?
  • Giving is worship – Matthew 6:21, Matthew 2:11, Malachi 3:10-12
    If you want to know what you worship, look at your calendar and your bank statement.
  • An attitude of gratitude is worship, appreciation instead of grumbling and complaining
  • Saying grace over meals is worship
  • Serving others is worship – Matthew 25:40
  • Sharing our faith is worship!
  • Obedience is worship
    Imagine a king is speaking to you. What would be a respectful and reverent response?
    Ignoring him or listening and obeying?
  • Living the amazing life God dreams for us is worship

Romans 12:1

Finally, yes, singing can be worship. But only if it begins in the soul!

[ctt template=”3″ link=”TC25a” via=”yes” ]At 29:11 we don’t do guitar solos[/ctt]

How To… Dream Big

Why did God give you and I an imagination?

Ephesians 3:20 ESV
Ephesians 3:20 MSG

Why would God speak to us in dreams?

Acts 2:17

Psalm 33:11


If an imagination is thinking without limitations and dreaming is God communicating to us without limitation then having a dream is learning to live without limitation.

Romans 8:10-12

Proverbs 19:21

Big dreams are lived out in little ways every day.

Psalm 90:12

1 Corinthians 12:12


“God sets the lonely in families…” Psalm 68:6

How To… Communicate With God

7 Prayers I am Praying Over My Church in 2017

  1. Remind us, it begins right here!
  2. Help us take our commitment to finance and otherwise support our mission more seriously
  3. Help us reach the next 180 who need to know Jesus
  4. Lead each one of us to Own Our Growth
  5. Lead us to welcome discipleship from one another
  6. Open more doors in more communities and bless us with the necessary means to reach them!
  7. Give us greater impact in our communities in 2017

We are not spending a half hour sermon on prayer today because communicating with God is difficult. We are taking this half hour because of the importance of prayer!


How the Bible teaches us to pray:

Matthew 6:9

Hebrews 4:16

1 Thessalonians 5:17 & Ephesians 6:18

Psalm 5:3 & James 1:6-7

James 2:26 & Jeremiah 32:16

For many Christians, prayer has become an escape from responsibility. Rather, prayer should lead us into the very acts and exploits for our God.
– Jan Willem van der Hoeven

Isaiah 58:6-7

James 5:16

2 Kings 19:14-16

 

Jesus on How To Communicate with God: Matthew 6:9-13

 

Slow down and do some dialoguing with God!