Christmas Offering 2021

Series: Christmas Offering 2021

It’s our third biggest weekend of the year! We’re going to raise and give away as much money as we can to support our partner charities, The Lake Area Free Clinic, Family Promise, The Bethany Recovery Center, The Oconomowoc Food Pantry, and more! Why? Because we’re rich! And people who are rich in this present world are to be rich in good deeds. In fact, that’s THE fruit of repentance that John the Baptist identified when people came out to be baptized. So, let’s be the church. Let’s be rich in good deeds. Let’s make our community a better place.

Speaker: Jason Ewart

November 18, 2021

Jason Ewart

Lead Pastor

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Christmas Offering Weekend

November 18 & 21, 2021

 

1 Timothy 6:17-19 

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

 

Luke 3:3-6

He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all people will see God’s salvation.’”

 

Luke 3:7-9

John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

 

Luke 3:10-11

“What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”

 

  • Provide for those who need provision.

 

Luke 3:12-13  

Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them.

 

  • Practice financial peace.

 

Luke 3:14

Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”

 

  • Protect those who need protection.

 

  • Store up real treasure. Take hold of real life.

 

Group Questions

 

  1. Talk about a time when you were part of a project or an effort that was greater than yourself. What did you get out of that experience?

 

  1. In what ways has the church been a light in your world? Read Matthew 5:13-15. What is the world supposed to see in Christians? Why is this important for the church to have an impact?

 

  1. Generosity turns heads, but that’s not why we practice generosity. Why do we practice generosity (name four or five reasons)? Do you think anything earns the church more credibility with the public today than practicing generosity?

 

  1. Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19. What do you think it means to lay up treasure for the coming age? Can you think of other times when the Bible talks about this idea?

 

  1. Read Luke 3:10-13. When asked about producing fruit of repentance, John always mentioned something that had to do with money. Why? If John were alive today, how might he answer?

 

  1. What is God speaking to you about in regards to your generosity? Are there areas of your life God is calling you to be more generous?  What are your next steps?

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