Series Big Idea: God has been so generous with us in every way. He gave us life and love. He provides for our daily needs and so much more! We cannot even begin to fully list all the ways God has been generous. God has held nothing back from us. And the ultimate expression of his generosity shows up in how God gave his very own Son as a sacrifice for our salvation. Given God's overwhelming generosity, HOW COULD WE NOT be generous! To be generous is to be like God. To be generous opens our hearts to God. And while others need our generosity, the ironic thing is that to be generous is what we need most as it is a critical path in growing and deepening our own faith. In this series we'll see that generosity is more than giving money, it's a lifestyle where we are generous with our possessions, time, words and service that leads to a joyful, fun, and exhilarating life.
Message Big Idea: There is no act of generosity more comprehensive and powerful that the gift of service. Service is the one act where we are generous with everything - our time, our resources, our abilities, our very person. In service we give ourself! Jesus says of himself that his very reason for coming to our world was to serve and to sacrifice his life for us. Jesus was all in and gave his all. When we generously serve, we give are all and are all in for those we serve.
Main Idea: A generous life is serving all with your all.
Main Text: John 12:25-26
Supporting Text: Galatians 5:13-14; Galatians 6:9-10; James 4:14
General Message Notes
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Josh said, “A generous life is serving all with your all.” Can you tell me a story of someone you’ve seen or know who has served people with their all?
Share a time when someone went over the top in serving you? How did you feel? How did you receive the gift of service?
What hinders you from serving folks with your all. What kinds of folks (lifestyle, behaviors, attitudes) do you struggle to serve?
James 4:14 talks about how our lives are a mist, what can you do this week and month to make your life count and not miss an opportunity to serve?
Galatians 5:14 says to love our neighbor as ourselves. How can you do that this week? Who is your neighbor that you will love this week?
Additional Message Questions
As we apply the message, how could we not serve, we want to help you find the best place to serve in your life. The questions below are adapted from Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance by Bob Buford.
1. Am I missing anything in my life right now that’s important to me?
2. What am I passionate about?
3. What do I value? Do I see those values in how I spend my time, money, and energy?
4. What do I want to be doing in ten years? In twenty?
5. What gifts has God given to me that I do naturally and easily?
6. What gifts has God given to me that I am unable to use?
7. What is it about my job that makes me feel trapped?
8. What is it about my job that makes me feel alive?