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.