Weekend Message Takeaway: “Your Story and the Generous Gospel”

This past weekend, we started a new church-wide teaching series called “Contagious: The Spread of the Generous Gospel.” In this message, Pastor Doug laid the groundwork for the rest of the four-part series by explaining how the love of God spreads, what the early Church was known for and how it grew, and how God can use our generosity to change the world. 

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Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug's teaching this weekend:

Jesus told us that the Kingdom of God would spread throughout the world . . . and it has!

Through the Years: The Number of Christians in the World

33 A.D. 500
100 A.D. 500,000
250 A.D. 1.1 million
300 A.D. 6 million
312 A.D. 9 million
350 A.D. 31.7 million
1500 A.D. 125 million
2010 A.D. (Most Recent Study) 2.2 billion

Why did it spread? According to Aristides . . . “But Christians . . . show kindness to those near them; they do good to their enemies . . . If one of them have bondsmen and bondswomen . . . through love towards them they persuade them to become Christians, and when they have done so, they call them brethren without distinction . . . And he who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. And when they see a stranger, they take him in to their own homes and rejoice over him as a very brother . . . And if they hear that one of their number is imprisoned or afflicted on account of their Messiah, all of them anxiously minister to his necessity . . . And if there is any among them that is poor and needy, and they have no spare food, they fast two or three days in order to supply to the needy their lack of food . . . Such, O King . . . is their manner of life . . . this is a new people, and there is something divine in the midst of them.”

You're Never More Like Jesus than When You're Generous: Jesus was generous. This was one of the key things that attracted others to Him. He served and loved fully. He modeled holistic generosity in every aspect of His life and for all people—the sick, the blind, the demon-possessed, the Pharisee, the Roman, the thief, the tax collector, the prostitute, and the list goes on. Jesus gave of His time for children, women, Jews, and Gentiles; He kept the company of the poor; He gave His disciples chance after chance; and when He ascended to heaven He empowered us by sending the Holy Spirit to awaken our spirits and set our souls on fire.

We are called to follow His example! In Act 20:35, we’re told that it is more satisfying and sustainable to give than to receive. Give it a shot! Try holistic generosity, the generosity of Jesus, and watch it spread both in your life and the lives of the people you come into contact with. 

Your Story Can Change Someone's Life: D.L. Moody once said, “Out of 100 men, one will read the Bible; the other 99 will read the Christian.” Be the Bible in someone’s life. Allow your story to proclaim His story loudly and beautifully as you respond to God’s generosity in your life by living generously. He can and wants to use your life, your story, your generosity to make a difference in the lives of those around you . . . in the life of a barista, server, or cashier, in the life of your mail carrier, your coworker, neighbor, classmate, relatives, children, spouse, parents, etc.

So what’s stopping you? What’s keeping you from responding to the lavish generosity of the Lord and embracing the lifestyle Jesus modeled? Over the next four weeks, let’s put our toes in the water and practice some whole-life generosity. This week, pray the Lord gives you an opportunity to be generous to someone—or multiple people—throughout the day. Ask Him to help you to recognize it and have the courage to act. 

Quote to Remember: The early Church was known for generosity. We need to rediscover this apologetic!Doug Sauder

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Join us this Wednesday as we welcome special guest, Brad Formsma! Brad is a bestselling author, speaker, and president and founder of I Like Giving. He’ll speak on the importance of learning to enjoy giving and living a generous lifestyle. 

This weekend is week two of “Contagious: The Spread of the Generous Gospel.” In this message, Pastor Doug will share what it means to be generous with our talents and treasure and how we can make that an enjoyable and fulfilling reality in our lives. 

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at 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.