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May 2, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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Thanks for joining us this weekend for part two of our series, "This Is Our Story." This week, we heard a special message from Pastor Doug about how generosity brings joy! We also discovered the contagious nature of generosity and how it leads to God’s glory, as well as saw some great examples of generosity in action.
Dive deeper into this teaching on your own, with your family, or in your online group! Watch the video below to see a recap of this weekend’s teaching. You can also scroll down to check out expanded notes and summaries from the teaching, small group questions, and get informed on some of the great resources available to you.
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IN YOUR GROUPS . . .
Let’s recap some of the key discussion points from Pastor Doug’s message and discuss!
Ice-Breaker: What’s the most generous thing anyone has ever done for you? How did it make you feel?
This weekend, we explored what whole-life generosity is all about and what it looks like practically to be generous like Jesus.
Key Discussion Point: In our time together, we learned that generosity brings joy. Scientifically, this is fact! Studies show that people are healthier, happier, less depressed, and have better relationships the more they give away and live a lifestyle of generosity. Acts 20:35 (NIV) emphasizes this by telling us, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” And at the heart of all of this is experiencing the joy of contentment. So, in today’s culture that sells you the idea of the constant need for more, how do we find contentment in the Lord and in everything He’s given us?
Question 1: Why do you think it is more blessed to give than receive? What is it about generosity that brings joy? How have you experienced it?
Key Discussion Point: Human nature is not prone to generosity. It’s a divine quality that comes from the character of God. Thus, as it doesn’t come naturally to us, generosity takes practice. It requires re-wiring the way we think and view the world, intentional effort, and most importantly a growing intimacy with Jesus. It involves the head, heart, and hands.
Head: What do I think? How do I shift my mind to mimic the mind of Christ?
Heart: What do I love? How do I align my heart and what I value to the heart of God?
Hands: How do I get there? How am I becoming more like Jesus?
Question 1: What steps can we take to embrace a more holistically generous lifestyle?
Question 2: What qualities have you seen in people you consider to be generous?
Question 3: How does generosity extend beyond just finances?
Key Discussion Point: God uses our generosity to spread the gospel and change lives. And as He uses our generosity, we get to see others inspired and moved to generosity as well. As we read in Hebrews 10:24 (NIV), He uses our generosity to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” You see, generosity is contagious, and it leads to praise. As we walk in generosity from an overflow of all that God has generously given us and poured into us, others are touched by it and drawn to Jesus! That’s why in 2 Corinthians 9:11–12 (NIV) Paul says, “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”
Question 1: What can you do this week to be more generous? How can you bring someone along with you to encourage them to live generously?
WALK IT OUT
Ponder: Read Luke 11:39–42 and reflect on the story of the rich young ruler and what it teaches about generosity, money, and the heart of God.
Practice: If you haven’t already done so, join our churchwide 21 days of prayer and advocacy! To get all the details, visit CalvaryFTL.org/ThisIsOurStory.
Pray: Ask the Lord to bring you opportunities so you can grow in your generosity.
QUESTIONS FOR FAMILIES
Parents, here are a few questions to go over with your kids around the dinner table or during dedicated family times.
1. Do you think it’s better to get something or to give something? Does it make you happy to give? Can you think of a time when giving made you happy?
2. Can you think of ways you can be giving?
3. Think of someone in your life that is really giving, such as a parent or a friend? What makes them so special?
4. Besides giving money, what are some other things you can give? Can you be giving with your time or things?
5. How can you be giving? How can you encourage a friend to be giving?
21 DAYS OF PRAYER AND ADVOCACY
Imagine what God could do through us if we all said YES to living generously and praying, advocating, and fighting for the people who have the most need in our cities. Throughout our vision series, we’ve been taking part in a 21-day journey of prayer and advocacy, and we’d love for you to join us for the final week! Over these last seven days, we believe God can use you to make a major difference in the lives of the people in your community and beyond.
To get all the details, click here.
A LOOK AHEAD
This week, we’ll continue to hold services ONLINE and in person (weekends only) as most of our campuses resume services in the sanctuary! To reserve a spot at your campus, click here.
Join us online this Wednesday for week three of our fall classes! In our sanctuary class series, we’ll continue our conversation around racism and reconciliation with the third part of Dr. Tony Evans’ Oneness Embraced. To get in on another class, such as our parenting classes, faith and finances, Calvary Women’s Lead class, and more, check out our classes page.
Then on the weekend, we’ll conclude our series “This Is Our Story” with a special message about the impact generosity can have. Hear from Pastor Doug as we explore how generosity can spark a movement of the gospel, how it truly changes people’s lives, and how God can extend the reach of our generosity far beyond what we’ll ever see or imagine.
We look forward to spending another awesome week with you!
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Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.