Nov 25, 2018
Extravagant Generosity

Connecting to Generosity (Extravagant Generosity)

Matthew 26:6-13

Extravagant generosity describes our unselfish willingness to give in order to make a positive difference for the mission on Christ. It is giving that is unexpectedly joyous, without predetermined limits, from the heart, over-the-top, extraordinary, and propelled by passion.
Are we willing to give at the level of the woman with a jar of perfume? She demonstrates generosity that draws her closer to Christ. Our giving is to draw us closer to Christ.
 
Memory Verse:
Luke 6:38
Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”
 
Reflect on:
  1. 1) How has someone else’s generosity touched you and shaped your practice of giving?
  2. 2) What’s the most fun you've ever had giving money?
 
Challenge...
Give a tithing of comfort and joy—that is, give a tithe (10%) of the amount you spend on Christmas gifts to the church and for the Special Christmas Eve offering.
 

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  • Nov 25, 2018Extravagant Generosity
    Nov 25, 2018
    Extravagant Generosity

    Connecting to Generosity (Extravagant Generosity)

    Matthew 26:6-13

    Extravagant generosity describes our unselfish willingness to give in order to make a positive difference for the mission on Christ. It is giving that is unexpectedly joyous, without predetermined limits, from the heart, over-the-top, extraordinary, and propelled by passion.
    Are we willing to give at the level of the woman with a jar of perfume? She demonstrates generosity that draws her closer to Christ. Our giving is to draw us closer to Christ.
     
    Memory Verse:
    Luke 6:38
    Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”
     
    Reflect on:
    1. 1) How has someone else’s generosity touched you and shaped your practice of giving?
    2. 2) What’s the most fun you've ever had giving money?
     
    Challenge...
    Give a tithing of comfort and joy—that is, give a tithe (10%) of the amount you spend on Christmas gifts to the church and for the Special Christmas Eve offering.
     

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  • Nov 18, 2018Risk-Taking Mission
    Nov 18, 2018
    Risk-Taking Mission

    Five Practices of Fruitful Living                   Luke 10:30-37

    Connecting to Meaning (Risk-Taking Mission)

    The question, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

    A man well-versed in the study of the Jewish Law asked Jesus this question. The lawyer knew the answer to the question in his head, but his heart was not right before God. He kept the Law, or so he thought. The lawyer was no pagan or Samaritan! He was asking the question about eternal life to test Jesus.

    But Jesus turned the question back on the lawyer. Then, when Jesus saw that the man was justifying himself, He told the parable of the Good Samaritan to show the man what God’s Law really demands. So in its context, this familiar parable deals with the questions, Can we be saved by our good works? If so, how many good works does it take? If not, what is the relationship between salvation and good works?

    Risk-taking mission involves offering ourselves in grace filled service and making a positive difference, even at significant person cost and inconvenience to our own lives.  It pushes us out of our comfort zone and into places to relieve suffering, confront injustice, and assist during times of crisis.
     
    We need to heed the words that Jesus spoke to the legal experts, "Go and do likewise."
     
     
    Reflect On:
    1) Where do the world's unmet needs intersect with your personal passion?
    2)  Where is the most unexpected place following Christ has taken you?
     
    Challenge:
    Within 60 days participate in an Outreach Ministry of the church.
     
    Memory Verse:
    Luke 10:3
    Go!  I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.
     

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  • Nov 4, 2018Passionate Worship
    Nov 4, 2018
    Passionate Worship

    Five Practices of Fruitful Living

    Connecting to God (Passionate Worship)                                         Genesis 12:1-8

    Passionate worship, whether traditional or modern, contemplative or expressive, means an extraordinary eagerness to offer our best in honoring God with an unusual clarity about the purpose; and that is encountering God.
     
    "Passionate worship is the kind of worship that takes us to a new place where we can see God differently than we've ever seen God before." (Bary Bullock, Five Practices Leasers Manual -pg. 103
     
    Through worship we connect to God, we draw closer to God, and we willingly go where God is leading us.  Worship makes us God's people.  If we're open to experience God we will experience God.
     
    If you think about the 10 Commandments, the first four are all about worship.
    1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
    2. You shall not make idols.
    3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
    4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    Reflect on:
    Think about all the places where you have worshiped-buildings, chapels, outdoors, weddings, funerals, retreats.  What do you think is God's intention for calling us to worship?
     
    Challenge:
    Think about each part of the service-greetings, songs, prayers, sermons-and meditate on its purpose for connecting people to God.
     
    Memory Verse:
    John 4:23
    But the time is coming-and is here!-when true worshipers will worship in spirit and truth.  The Father looks for those who worship him this way.
     

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  • Oct 28, 2018Radical Hospitality
    Oct 28, 2018
    Radical Hospitality

    Five Practices of Faithful Living

    Connecting to Grace (Radical Hospitality)                            Revelation 3:19-22

     
    Radical Hospitality connects us to God's grace.  Radical Hospitality in our life in Christ begins with our saying YES to God's initiating grace, when we say, "Yes" we are inviting God into the core of our existence by continually connecting to God's grace.  We cultivate a pattern of opening the door to the spiritual life rather than closing it.  And we lead others to say yes to Jesus invitation.
     
     
     
    Memory Verse:
    Revelation 3:20
    Look! I'm standing at the door and knocking. If any hear my voice and open the door, i will come in to be with them, and will have dinner with them, and they will have dinner with me.
    [caption id="attachment_11898" align="alignright" width="191"] Open the door and let Jesus into your heart.[/caption]
     
    Reflect On:
    When did you open the door and invite Christ in?
     
    Challenge:
    Write down the names of three persons-neighbors, acquaintances, co-workers - who do not have a  church home.  Pray for them daily.  Pray also for a time ripe to invite them to a ministry of your church.
     
     
     

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