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October 2021

Reflecting God’s Activity

 
We humans are meant to be a reflection of who God is; we are made in his image (Genesis 1:26-27). Wouldn’t that imply that what he desires and does is in some way reflected in us, or at least supposed to be? So in October, we will look at the 4 “G’s” of God’s activity: Gaining, Going, Generating (making things happen), and Giving.
 

 

October 24

Order of Worship 

GIVING – Moved by God’s Extravagance

2 Corinthians 8:9; 9:6-15
 

As a reminder: humans were made in the image of God and are meant to be a reflection of who he is (Genesis 1:26-27). What he desires and does is, in some way, reflected in us  however “broken” we may be. This is most beautifully seen in the way he gave and continues to give. All of our giving finds its beginnings in his character and act of giving. One of my favorite verses is 2 Corinthians 8:9, “For you know the grace (the unlimited, unconditional, undeserved love) of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” That is God’s extravagance, his unrestrained love given in/through Jesus. And he wants to channel that same extravagance through you and me (the church) to a world thirsty for it!

I. Effects of God’s extravagance – on the life of the giver
A. Giving grows our joy (9:6-7)
1. Discovering the pleasure of giving as we learn to give intentionally
2. Experiencing God’s pleasure because of our pleasure
B. Giving grows our effectiveness (9:8-9)
1. God wants His grace (undeserved love) to abound in us.
2. The more we “use up” His unbounded love, the more He effects the world through us.
C. Giving grows our character (9:10-11)
1. When we give of ourselves, we are given more
2. Our “capacities” (to embody God) grow – growing our own character
II. Fruits of God’s extravagance – on the lives of the recipients
A. Thanksgiving (9:12)
1. When God’s people’s needs are met, it grows gratitude to God in the life of both the believer and unbeliever.
B. Praise (9:13)
1. When people see the confession (proclamation) of God’s love matched by the example of that same love, God is made real, and he is praised.
C. Prayer (9:14)
1. When we show God’s extravagance through our giving we end up becoming recipients of blessing through their prayer that spontaneously rises on our behalf

 

Questions:

Why do you give? Is it because of (a) Duty (b) Sentiment/Emotions (c) Convenience (d) God’s extravagant love that has changed your life?
 
How do you give? Is it (a) Regularly (b) Voluntarily (c) Joyfully (d) Worshipfully (e) Proportionately (f) Sacrificially (g) Quietly (h) All of the above?
 
Who do I give to? Is it to (a) To build the church – the “body” of Christ (b) To build God’s Kingdom in a world that needs to know Him (c) To transform poor, broken, needy lives (d) All of the above?
 
In short – how much of yourselves do you give God (your money, time, abilities/skills, gifts)?
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