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Generosity and Money, Pt. 2

March 6, 2022 • Matt Ballard • 1 Chronicles 29:1–17

1 Chronicles 29:1-17 1. DAVID’S LEADERSHIP (v. 1-5) with his own giving and his challenge to the people. 2. THE PEOPLE’S RESPONSE (v. 6-9) 3. WHAT IT MEANS (v.10-17) 1. DAVID’S LEADERSHIP (v. 1-5) ”I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord (Phil 3:8). Vs. 2: "With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God." Vs. 3: "Besides... I now give my personal treasures." Vs. 3: "Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God." Vs. 5: "Now, who is willing to consecrate himself today to the Lord?" 2. THE PEOPLE’S RESPONSE (v. 6-9) 3. WHAT IT MEANS (v. 10-17) "Everything in heaven and on earth is yours" (11). "Wealth and honor come from you" (12). "Everything comes from you” (14). "It comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.” (16) Confession: "O great and everlasting God, who searches and knows the thoughts and intentions of the heart; we confess that we have not loved you with all our heart, nor with all our soul, nor with all our mind, nor with all our strength; nor our neighbors as ourselves. We have loved what we ought not to have loved; we have coveted what is not ours; we have not been content with your provisions for us. We have complained in our hearts about our family, our friends, our health, our occupations, about your church, and about our trials. We have sought our security in things which perish, rather than in you. Cleanse, and forgive us, through Jesus Christ, who is able to save, since he is our righteousness and our cleansing, and not ourselves or our works. Therefore it is in His name we pray, Amen." (From Deut. 6 and Heb. 7) Assurance of Pardon: "Yet God demonstrates his own love for us in this, while we were still sinners Christ died for us… There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Romans 5:8,1

Generosity and Money, Pt. 1

February 27, 2022 • Matt Ballard • Luke 18:18–30

Luke 18:18-30 MONEY: 1. How it’s dangerous 2. Why we want it 3. How to master it 1. How it’s dangerous “How difficult it is for the rich to enter kingdom of God. It is easier for camel to go through the eye of a needle then for rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” v. 25 Proverbs 11:4 “Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.” Proverbs 30:8-9: "Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, Who is the LORD?" 2. Why we want it 3. How to master it v. 24 “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.” a. ASSUME you’re in denial b. Follow the "Rich Young Ruler" = Jesus "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich." 2 Corinthians 8:9 c. Have a plan "You will very rarely meet a Christian family that gives faithfully that is not obviously being blessed for it: either in the wisdom with which they have been taught by God to handle their money, or in the pleasure they get from it, or in the love many others have for them for the good they have done, or in the satisfaction they receive from participating in the advancement of the kingdom of God, or in the heavenly-mindedness which is the fruit of their turning away from the love of money, or in a thousand other blessings not directly related to money, but which their Heavenly Father has rained on them because they have honored him." “A generous man will prosper, he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed” Proverbs 11:25 Confession: "Almighty God, we acknowledge and confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed; we have not loved you with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength; we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. Deepen within us our sorrow for the wrong we have done, and the good we have left undone. Lord, you are full of compassion and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy; there is always forgiveness with you! Restore to us the joy of your salvation; bind up that which is broken, give light to our minds, strength to our wills, and rest to our souls. Speak to each of us, and let your word abide with us until it has wrought in us your holy will. Amen." Assurance of Pardon: "But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5

Generosity and Forgiveness

February 20, 2022 • Matt Ballard • Luke 17:3–10

Generosity- Love compelling me to live sacrificially for the betterment of others. 1. The danger of not forgiving Luke 17:3-4 "So watch yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him." Hebrews 12:15, “See to it no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” 2. The practice of forgiveness “Forgiveness is impossible when you exclude your enemy from the community of humans and exclude yourself from the community of sinners.” -Misoslav Volf “Forgiveness is to deal with our emotions by denying ourselves the dark pleasures of venting them or fondling them in our minds.” "There is such a big difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. It takes two to reconcile, so it is not always possible to be reconciled. But it takes only one to forgive. So if people do you wrong, forgive them, whether or not they ask for forgiveness. You cannot cancel their sin. Only God can do that, and He will only do it if they repent. But what you can do is set aside your own anger, bitterness, and resentment towards them." - Philip Graham Ryken 3. The power to forgive Confession: "Almighty God, we are unworthy to come into your presence, because of our many sins. We do not deserve any grace or mercy from you, if you dealt with us as we deserve. We have sinned against you, O Lord, and we have offended you. And yet, O Lord, as we acknowledge our sins and offenses, so also do we acknowledge you to be a merciful God, a loving and favorable Father, to all who turn to you. And so we humbly ask you, for the sake of Christ your son, to show mercy to us, and forgive us all our offenses. Forgive the sins of our youth, and the sins of our old age. By your Spirit, O God, take possession of our hearts, so that, not only the actions of our life, but also the words of our mouths, and the smallest thought of our minds, may be guided and governed by you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and forever. Amen." Assurance of Pardon: "But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior." Titus 3:4-6

Who is my Neighbor

February 13, 2022 • Matt Ballard • Luke 10:25–37

Luke 10:25-37 | The Good Samaritan Generosity is Love compelling me to live sacrificially for the betterment of others. 1 The ways we try to limit loving our neighbor a.) We limit the WHO b.) We limit the WHEN Objection: "I don’t have to help when they have brought it on themselves." Edwards: "Christ loved you, pitied you, and greatly laid himself out to relieve you from all that want and misery you brought on yourself by your own folly. Should we not love others as Christ loved us? If Jesus had looked own from heaven and said: I only want to help deserving sinners with my blood he could have saved a trip. Because none of us deserve it and we’ve brought it on ourselves." c.) We limit the HOW MUCH Objections: “I can’t afford to help.” Edwards: Galatians 6:2 “Bear one another’s burdens.” "The Gospel obliges us to give to others when by doing so we suffer ourselves. How else is that rule of bearing one another’s burdens fulfilled? If we never are obliged to relieve other’s burdens except when we can do it without burdening ourselves, how do you bear your neighbor’s burdens if you only do it when you bear no burden at all?" 2. The motivation and power to love your neighbor Confession: All knowing and still all loving Father, have mercy on us, for we have struggled with divided hearts. We love you and we love your ways, yet we have loved this world, too. O Lord, have mercy on us. We have put our hope in things, people, and circumstances instead of you. We have been more captivated with self indulgence than knowing your heart.We have fled your presence. We have known in our hearts what is right, and yet we did wrong anyway. We have been delighted with pleasing ourselves, satisfying our desires, and pampering ourselves with pleasures instead of gladly serving others. We ask you to forgive us in the name of Jesus, who is our Savior and our only credibility before you. Amen Assurance of Pardon: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Jesus said to her, "neither then do I condemn you, go and sin no more". (from Rom. 5, 8; Jn. 8)