Sunday Sermon: November 10, 2019
Pastor Bryan George
Without neighbors helping neighbors, would it be “A Wonderful Life?”
Scripture: James 2:14-17, Luke 10:1-3, 2 Corinthians 9:6-12
Focus: The Lord calls us to sow generously so that we will reap generously. When we receive gifts from the Lord, we are challenged to save a portion for rainy days and to share a portion to help provide seeds for others.
I) Neighbors Helping Neighbors
- The laundry basket full of donations from neighbors at the end of “It’s a Wonderful life”
- A Minnesota soybean farmer’s sudden death and the community bringing in the crop
II) Bringing in the Harvest God provides (2 Corinthians 9)
- “the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”(v.6)
- “He who supplies seed to the sower” (v.10a)
- John Wesley “Earn All you Can” means we must work for God’s outcome!
- “will also supply and increase your store of seed” (v.10b)
- Proverbs 21:20 “The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down”
- John Wesley “Save all you can” means that you live below your means!
- “You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us;”(v.11)
- Offering the first 10% (tithe) and living better on 90%
- John Wesley “Give all you can” means we no longer make money your #1
III) The Jesus way of loving your neighbors is not downhill path!
- The Logo of followers of Jesus is a Cross not a Lounge chair! Mark 8:34
- Participating in the divine conspiracy of sacrificial love
- Miller: “all human life is being poured out, either in self-concern or in service. But it is the judgment of the cross that we should give our lives as a sacrifice to our Lord, who gave his life as a sacrifice for us.”
IV) Practicing the Stewardship Paradox and the Power of Generosity
- Lessons from mission teams: You receive more blessings than you can offer
- Many are willing to give God credit but fewer give him cash and get to work!
V) Kai’s Army of support
- Amber Pierson: “Without our tribe of family, friends and congregation, I don’t know how we could have made it.”
- The modern laundry basket of donations: a Go Fund Me overflowing in three weeks.