1. The Riches of Grace – Saving, “Sane-ing,” Sufficient 2 Corinthians 8:1, "And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches." 2. The Power of Grace - Hilarity instead of Hoarding 2 Corinthians 8:2-3, "In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people." 3. The Privilege of Grace – Investing in the only lasting Kingdom 2 Corinthians 8:4-7, “the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 5 And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. 6 So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. 7 But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving." 4. The Person of Grace – Jesus Himself 2 Corinthians 8:8-9, "I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. 9 nFor you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich."
Outrageous (Extreme) Grace
2 Corinthians 8:1-9
January 31, 2021 • Scotty Smith
The Hands of God and the World to Come
Mark 7:31-37 • March 28, 2021 • Tony Guiles
Mark 7:31-37 (ESV) 1. The WAYS of God are sometimes curious. (v. 31) “Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.” 2. The HEART of God is moved by our misery. (v 32) "And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him." 3. The HANDS of God reveal his heart and power. (vv. 33-35) “And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. “ 4. The PURPOSE of God is unfolding and certain. (vv. 36-37) "And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” Habakkuk 1:5 "Look among the nations and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told."
Truth and Love
March 21, 2021 • Matt Ballard
1. The importance of truth 2. The importance of love 3. How we keep the two together “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” Revelations 2:4 Revelations 2:1-7 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. 2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6 Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’"
Discipleship: With -> Sent
March 14, 2021 • Monte Starkes
Mark 3:13-21 Mark 3:14 “And He appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach.” John 14:16–17. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” WITH -> SENT Trinity: WITH each other, then the Son and Spirit were SENT Adam: God walked WITH, then be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth (SENT) Noah: walked WITH God, then be fruitful and multiply (SENT) Abraham: I (God) will be WITH you, then go and bless the nations (SENT) Moses: I (God) will be WITH you, then go and free my people (SENT) Moses and Joshua: WITH, then SENT Elijah and Elisha: WITH, then SENT Name of Jesus: Immanuel – “God WITH us”. Father SENT His Son. Apostles/Disciples: “Follow me, and I will make you Fishers of Men” / Great Commission Timothy: Paul WITH him, then entrust to faithful men (SENT) Applications: - Be WITH Jesus in Prayer and in the Word, Daily - Be in a Discipleship Group or a Small Group - Go, be SENT: o Volunteer at Church o Go serve with one of our church partners o Share the Gospel with others