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Most of us let ourselves get caught in the daily activities of life and never quite get around to the things we meant to do. We can relate to the Apostle Paul describing how he doesn’t always do what he wants. (Romans 7) Our lives easily become frazzled and crisis-driven so that we fail to show compassion and be generous at the level we meant to do.
Pastor Gregg Matte delivers the second message in "The Acts: Revolution" series as he leads a journey through the Books of Acts.
If a person is going to follow Jesus, he or she is eventually going to have to wrestle with the BIble's teaching on generosity. God wants us to be generous people; and while generosity sounds good in theory, in practice it can be a somewhat difficult virtue to live out.
The point isn't the percentage, it's the state of your heart. Are you generous like Christ is generous?
An epilogue! You thought it was over, but there's still another, important part of the story!
David brings to life whattrue love means, what it takes to be an example of this and how that ought to affect the way we treat those around us as well as those living far away from us.
For many people there is a tension when we start talking about money in the church. But Jesus didn't seem to feel that tension, he actually talked about money more than most anything else. Additionally there are multiple scriptures that show how the early church understood and used money. In this sermon we look at how the Macedonian church was a blessing to the Corinthian church through their financial blessing. In this message we discuss how everything belongs to God, how everything we have is from God and how everything we've been given is to be stewarded toward the gospel going forward. We also learn that good stewardship requires that we be intentional in setting our affections and trust on Jesus.
Trusting God with your money is fundamental to a life of faith and to life in Christ. God has always demanded generosity both for the benefit of the poor, but also for the benefit of the giver in order to position the giver for blessing so that he/she can be even more generous in order to fund the gospel and to be a blessing to mankind in various ways.
The Feast of Weeks or Pentecost was considered a bookend to the Feast of Unleavened Bread/Passover. This feast celebrated God's bountiful wheat harvest. For a people who relied heavily on the farming industry for food, this was a great and joyous time. God's people offer Him thanks for His providential care. And God commands His people to show the same generosity and care for the most vulnerable.