Going Deeper: September 1

Click here to listen to Pastor Bob Hall’s sermon ‘Giving Time, Money, and Talents’

Listen. A disciple’s life rhythm is a rhythm of grace: God initiates and we respond. This rhythm is reflected in our spiritual practices. We listen and respond to God in prayer and Bible reading. The practice of being generous with our time, money, and talent is also a response to God’s generosity to us.

In 2 Corinthians 8:1-15, Paul urges the wealthy Corinthian church to give generously to the Jerusalem church who were on the brink of starvation. He does this by pointing out that God had graciously empowered the Macedonian church to give out of their poverty. He also reminds them that Christ, though he was rich, became poor for our sakes so that we might become rich. In other words, Jesus sacrificially gave us eternal treasure so that we might be free to be generous with others.  

Reflection.  What time, money, and talent has God given you that you can use to love your neighbor and build up the church? What fears get in the way of you being generous? How would your life be different if you believed that you are already rich because Christ became poor for your sake?

Set Goals: Think about your time, talent, and money.

  • Time. How will you reallocate your time so that you are more available to love your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, and those at church?
  • Money. How will you use your money to love your neighbor, build up the church, and advance the kingdom of God?
  • Talents. How will you use your talents, skills, and experiences to love your neighbor, make disciples, and strengthen the church?
  • Who will you share this lesson with?

Daily Practices:

  • Listen to God. Sit silently in his presence; listen for his voice, submit yourself to his will for the day.
  • Respond to God. Pray through the outline of the Lord’s Prayer: worship, surrender, daily needs, forgiveness, and protection.
  • Bible Reading. Read the Bible as a disciple, listening to what God has to say, responding with obedience, repentance, worship, and trust, and sharing with others what you are learning.
  • Praying for your five. Pray for five people in your life that God will work through the circumstances of their life so that they are open to follow Jesus. Pray for opportunities to invite them to follow Jesus with you.
  • Prayer with others. Pray with spouse, family, and others.

Weekly Practices:

  • Discipling Friendships. Cultivate friendships with others for the purpose of following Jesus together.
  • Community Worship. Join with fellow believers to receive the Gospel through the Word and communion and respond with worship and prayer.
  • Participate in training that develop your gifts and deepen your walk as a disciple of Jesus.
  • Give your time, money, and talent. Give what God has entrusted to you to love your neighbor, make disciples, and strengthen the church.
  • Sabbath. Take a twenty-four hour break, where you cease from all paid and unpaid work. Connect with God, family, and friends. Rest. Play. Enjoy activities that recharge you.

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