Philippians 4:10-20 • February 11, 2018 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.
When we have truly seen Jesus, all we have is gain, never loss. And yet by all accounts of Christian Generosity in this country, We think giving is losing. At least it seems we live that way, even if we would say we believe otherwise. It is for this reason that even talking about the “M” word is a touchy subject in church, but that reveals as much as anything else that our material wealth carries a weight in our lives that it should not. If we believed that we gained through giving, then everything we have at all times would be seen with open hands, and we would trust God to maximize it for our good, His glory, and the furthering of His gospel. We would live confidently, knowing we would never lack anything approaching life and wealth this way. In fact here is the promise of scripture—God will make you fully satisfied through your generosity. Generous | Fully Satisfied | Philippians 4:10-20
1 John 4:19 • February 4, 2018 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.
We think love is less than the total giving over of ourselves. How can I say that? Because I know me, therefore I know most of you, and for most of us our love has limits and our sentiments about love, our words, often if not always, outperform our actions. I do not believe we need to waste mental space with a list or litany of ways this is true of us, or our lives, or our relationships with people and God. Just a little bit of self examination will go a long way in showing us the various ways in which we verbally express the depths of our love, but fall short in giving our whole selves into the effort of displaying it. The questions that linger then are not whether it is true of us that we think love is less than the total giving over of ourselves, but rather to what degree it is true? And secondly, in light of this, what should be true of us if we say that we are those who have joyfully began the journey of following Jesus, and therefore accepted Jesus’ command as irrevocable that we “love the Lord [our] God with all [our] heart and with all [our] soul and with all [our] strength and with all [our] mind…” The “All” language in Jesus’ words is in no way obscure—it is a call for our whole selves to be given over to God in love. And why would we not? In love and generosity God gave over Himself, if we are His, we respond with nothing less
Genesis 3:20-21, John 3:16:17, Revelation 21:1-5 • January 28, 2018 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.
If you have life; if you have breath; your sheer existence is and only because of God’s generosity toward you. It is His grace on us all, and yet We do not feel we experience God’s generosity. We explain away His hand at work in our lives as either chance, foresight on our part, or the benevolence of other people, but it is all his Generosity, His charity toward us at work in this world. You see, From beginning to end God gives graciously, He always initiates sacrificial generosity. And when we are able to see it, no longer out of tune or out of touch with respect to the many ways He has been generous, and the absolute fact that He lacks nothing and gives everything, everything in our world changes; nothing can remain the same. Generous | God Initiates | Genesis 3:20-21, John 3:16:17, Revelation 21:1-5