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Sermon Recap | Cheerful Generosity

In 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Paul invites the Corinthian church to experience the thrill of God's grace by participating in the act of generous giving. Prior to this passage, Paul addresses the Corinthian church's reluctance to give by drawing their attention to the grace of God in Jesus Christ, who "though he was rich, yet for our sake he became poor, so that [they] by his po...

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Sermon Quotes: "Cheerful Generosity"

"Paul never wants us to do something without theological reason and Paul never wants us to hold a theology without practical application." C.K. Barrett "With what zest he broke the tough-fibered prairie sod, which had never been broken since the beginning of timeAnd with what reverence he held up the beautiful seed which he was to sow on his own ground. The plump kernels ...

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Sermon Quotes: "From Riches to Rags"

"Genuine love will show up in the checkbook." David Garland "As often happens in his letters, some of Paul's most profound Christological moments appear in places one might least expect them." Gordon Fee "The pre-incarnate Christ occupied a position of the highest imaginable eminenceHe was in the words of Frank Houghton's hymn 'rich beyond all splendor (2 Cor. 8:9). He p...

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Sermon Recap | The Miracle of Generosity

In this week's sermon, we looked at how the church in Macedonia experienced God's grace and generosity amidst their trials and afflictions. As Jeff unpacked this text, we saw three aspects of gospel generosity. First, we saw the source of generosity as it comes from grace, which Paul described as undeserved favor and divine enablement. Second, we saw three marks of generos...

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Sermon Recap: "A Heart for the Harvest"

In Matthew 9:35-10:4, Jesus sees the needs of the crowd as they were unable to free themselves. Seeing them as sheep without a shepherd, Jesus was deeply moved by a warm, compassionate response to their need (and ours). Jesus' compassion is the supreme motivation for our mission. The first means of accomplishing that mission is to urgently pray to the Lord of the harvest f...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Heart for the Harvest"

"His response is described by the strongly emotional Greek verb splanchnizomai, which speaks of a warm, compassionate response to need. No single English term does justice to it: compassion, pity, sympathy, and fellow-feeling all convey part of it, but 'his heart went out' perhaps represents more fully the emotional force of the underlying metaphor of a 'gut response'It is...

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Sermon Recap: Your Wardrobe Into the Narnia of God's Love

God is leading us step by step into a deeper love in Christ. He carries us gently and sweetly as his precious children into his heart. In these verses, we savor our Savior's sacrificial love. Jesus was not spared but offered up so that we might be saved. Jesus' love is effectual, invincible, and eternal. Oh, what wealth and privilege we have in him! Jesus comes to us in ou...

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