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

This past weekend, we concluded our four-week series “Contagious: The Spread of the Generous Gospel.” In this message, Pastor Doug shared what it means to be generous in our relationships as we examined how God works through the medium of relationships and studied Jesus' example. We also discovered how to experience the deepest fulfillment and joy in our relationships as we honor the Lord and invest in the people in our lives. 

Watch the video below to see a few highlights from the teaching and share it with your friends via social media. To watch the message in its entirety, click here.

 

 

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

Reflection: If you were to ask a friend, would he or she say you are a giver or a taker?

The Hardest Place to be Generous Is at Home: Nothing reveals our selfish nature more clearly than marriage! Why? Because it requires us to cast aside selfishness in order to have harmony in the home. Husbands and wives are instructed to submit to one another, to be generous with respect, prayer, and love for one another. Parents are called to cultivate a generous home and develop strong character in their kids. Children are commanded to honor their parents with the promise of a long life. These principles apply whether you live at home or not. And if you're single but live with roomates, you should be considering your roomate's needs as you would a brother or sister. 

Reflection: 

  • Do you have a generous marriage?
  • Do you have a generous family?
  • Are you a generous roommate?
  • Are you a generous friend?

Generous People Love Strangers Like Family: The apostle Paul gives us a great example of what generous relationships look like within the family of God. We are instructed to share with God’s people, to be a generous Church. This involves practicing hospitality with one another, praying for one another, speaking words of life and encouragement to one another, and sharing in the burdens of our brothers and sisters.

Application: Share with God’s people. Practice hospitality. Expand your circle. Be a giver in your home and with your home.

Generous People Look for Opportunities to Bless Their Enemies: Are you generous with forgiveness? Are you willing to go the extra mile with someone who isn’t like you? Are you willing to turn the other cheek for a difficult person? Are you willing to give your shirt and coat to a person with whom you disagree? The further out your generosity extends, the more contagious it becomes!

Application: Connect with someone this week. Practice being generous with conversation.

Quote to Remember: If you can’t build a generous home, it’s impossible to build an authentic generous life.Doug Sauder


LOVESFL
Month of November
Love South Florida is an initiative where churches throughout South Florida will unite to spread the gospel. Our goal is to be a tangible and collective demonstration of God’s heart to our communities by praying, giving, and serving! We believe God is going to accomplish great things through His people as we purpose to love, give, and serve our community! We pray you'll join us in spreading the life-changing love, compassion, and kindness of Jesus to those who need it most. Click the button below to see everything going on this November.

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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Box Collection: November 13–20
It’s more than a shoebox. What may seem like a few small items to you, can be a powerful evangelistic tool to provide the hope of Jesus to hurting children around the world through Operation Christmas Child. For detailed info and/or drop off donations, visit us at the Connection Point or at both entrances of the Sanctuary (all campuses). Click the button below for a list of gift suggestions for your shoebox.

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A LOOK AHEAD
Join us for an incredible night of powerful worship and heartfelt prayer as we reflect on God’s goodness and worship Him together. As a church family, we will pursue God’s heart and lift up His name! On this same night, you’re invited to take part in our Thanksgiving food drive by bringing in a bag full of nonperishable food items from the FoodShare list. Click here to download this year’s shopping list.

This weekend, we’ll kick off a new five-week teaching series where we’ll take an epic voyage through the Old Testament Book of Jonah. As we take part in LoveSFL all throughout the month of November, this series will help us understand how our great God wants to use us to accomplish a great mission . . . a call to rise up and change the culture of our city, to influence the people, and help them experience life as it should be!  

Before starting this new series, we encourage you to check out this week’s featured article exploring the context, background, and significance of this powerful book!

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

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.