Sacrificial Generosity

Continuing our “Roots” series this past weekend at Eastbrook Church, I took us into an exploration of “Sacrificial Generosity.” No one can read the description of the early church in Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 4:32-37 without being deeply moved and challenged. What was it in this early church experiment in Jerusalem that we can learn from as we grapple with wealth and possessions? While also drawing upon Paul’s words to the young pastor in 1 Timothy 6:6-10, the entire message was rooted in 2 Corinthians 8:9:

For you know the grace 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.

You can watch my message from this past weekend and follow along with the message outline below. You can also engage with the entire series here or download the Eastbrook mobile app for even more opportunities for involvement.

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Real Rich

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Join us in January at Eastbrook Church as we journey through a new sermon series entitled “Rich.”

What does it mean to be rich? We see get-rich-quick schemes all around us, and the lottery is more popular than it ever has been. But…what does it mean to really be rich? As we start the year, we want to redefine ‘rich’ biblically and order our lives accordingly according to themes of generosity and stewardship of all that God has given us. Hopefully, we can enter into deeper conversation and reflection about what we have and what to do with it.

January 4/5 – “His” – God owns everything. All that we have has been given to us by Him. We are temporary stewards of God’s treasure on behalf of God.

January 11/12 – “Mine” – If God owns everything and we are temporary stewards, we should steward what He has given us wisely. This week we will look at aligning our finances with kingdom values. We will explore the topic of the tithe as a basic move in giving back to God what He has given to us.

January 18/19 – “Less” – What is enough? One famous wealthy individual said: “just a little bit more.” But perhaps the elusive ‘enough’ is something from which we need to step away. “Are we not prosperous enough already and missing a far richer life without the perpetual quest for needless economic growth?” What does it look like to live simply, have margin, and develop a God-honoring budget in our lives?

January 25/26 – “More” – There is something that happens when the radical nature of the Gospel gets ahold of every part of us, even our pocketbooks and bank accounts. When we realize the amazing generosity of God toward us, there is something freeing about moving forward in amazing generosity with God toward others.

What About Our Finances? (Study Questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “What About Our Finances?

Discussion Questions

1. Which of the following words describes the primary way that you view money:

  • Status
  • Security
  • Enjoyment
  • Control

2. Read Psalm 24:1 and 50:10-12. What are these verses saying about God? What do you think the implications are for how we view God and money?

3. Everything we have is a gift from God. Read James 1:17 and then reflect on what it means that everything we have is a gift from God.Read More »

What About Our Finances?

This weekend at Eastbrook Church, I continued our series entitled “Resolved” with the message: “What About Our Finances?”

Because I offered some other updates related to my recent international trip, the message is a bit shorter than normal. Still, you can listen to it online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also subscribe to the Eastbrook podcast here or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter. I’ve included my outline for the message below:

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