Sermon Notes - January 13

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New Year, New You - Week 2

Recap of week 1

Jesus wants to address our approval addiction:

  • Approval addiction is to live in slavery to what other people think about you
  • Approval addiction is the disease to please

Week 1 Takeaway: The desire for approval is a part of being human. We have an unlimited need for approval but only God has an unlimited supply.

Jesus challenges us to the practice of "secrecy." The practice of doing something good without telling anyone that you did it.

The Truth from Jesus about giving and the practice of secrecy (Matthew 6:2-4): "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."

Left hand/right hand truth

This is about doing it in such a way that it is second nature to you

Key Takeaway:

Followers of Jesus should develop a habit of generosity that becomes so deeply ingrained that giving is second nature to them.

The rewards of generosity

  1. Blessing - Jesus said "It's more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35
  2. Relational Connection - And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 1 Corinthians 9:14
  3. Freedom - Freely you have received, freely give. Matthew 10:8
  4. Joy - The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD, and King David was filled with joy.  1 Chronicles 29:9
  5. God's delight - Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.   Proverbs 19:17
  6. Blessings to the next generation - They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing. Psalms 27:36
  7. God as your financial partner - 'Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,' says the LORD Almighty, 'and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.'"   Malachi 3:10

We are never more like God than when we give generously

In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.

Matthew 5:45