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Extravagant Generosity: The Heart of Giving

9/16/2018 – 10/7/2018

Giving helps us to become what God wants us to be. Giving is not merely about the church’s and other organizations need for money but about the Christian’s need to grow in generosity. Generosity is a fruit of the spirit, a sign of our spiritual growth. God uses our giving to change the world for God’s purposes, and God uses our giving to reconfigure our interior lives and to change us.

September 16 – EKG – 1 Timothy 6:17-19
September 23 – The Art of Love – Deuteronomy 6:3-6, John 13:34-35
September 30 – Bucket Lists – Joel 2:28, Matthew 6:33, Colossians 3:1
October 7 – Declarations of Your Heart – John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 8:2

Bucket Lists

Bucket Lists

Today we are exploring our bucket list for the church; our hopes and our visions for the upcoming year. Bishop Schnase wrote two books that our leaders and maybe you have studied, “Five Practices for Fruitful Congregations” and “Five Practices for Fruitful Living” – this series is about the last practice, Extravagant Generosity; but I want to talk a moment about the other four practices and the dreams that I have. (Joel 2:28, Matthew 6:33, Colossians 3:1)

The Art of Love

The Art of Love

In the Shema and in Jesus’ teaching there is a clear expectation that the way we express our love for God is by loving one another. This focus on loving relationship is at the root of the scriptural values of our faith. This is a clear expectation of our faith. Our relationships are matters of the heart. How do we express that love? (Deuteronomy 6:3-6, John 13:34-35)

EKG

EKG

To check for signs of heart disease, doctors use a procedure called an electrocardiogram or an EKG. It’s a test that records the electrical activity of your heart through small electrode patches attached to your skin. As we do not have an EKG monitor here, can you find your heartbeat? Did you all find a pulse? I know you are all alive, so it is there somewhere! But if we checked our spiritual pulse, what would we find? (1 Timothy 6:17-19)