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November

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The Practices and Pattern of Generosity

A message from
Pastor Josh Laxton

Genesis 1-2 (NIV)

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Genesis 1-2 (NIV)

Genesis 1 (NIV)

The Beginning

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called night." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the. vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. 9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground "land," and gathered the waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seeds according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and night, and to separate light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
  in the image of God he created them;
  male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give it every green plant for food." And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Genesis 2 (NIV)

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Adam and Eve

4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

8 Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of live and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of land is good; aromatic resin and onyx is also there.) 13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree from the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die." 18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
   and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
   for she was taken out of man.”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

Worship Focus

Today, we worship God for His generous welcome. Jesus welcomed and ate with sinners, ones not unlike you and me. His welcome opens the way for the good news of salvation to come to all who will hear it.

Digging Deeper

THIS WEEK'S Bible study

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Leveraging Your Time, Talents, and Treasures

Key Bible Verses

John 3:16

Genesis 1 and 2

Sermon Quotes

Sermon Quotes from Pastor Josh Laxton

“God is a giving God.”

“To be generous with your time is to think deeply about what it is you want to see, what it is you need to do, and what are the priorities you need to execute.”  

“The degree to which we work together to produce and deliver what God has gifted and called us to do individually and interdependently, will be the degree to which we experience either fracturing, functioning, or flourishing.” 

“Treasures are things we possess—materials, resources, and finances—that we give to meet and exceed the [holistic] needs of others.”

DIGGING DEEPER

God challenges each of us to be generous with our time, talents and treasures.  

From the beginning in Genesis 1 and 2, God shows us how He brought about the flourishing of creation as He took the time to create the heavens and the earth.  Also, in these first two chapters in the Bible, God uses his master talents as He spends time thinking about His purpose, plan and priorities as he brings creation into existence from nothing. God also shares His treasures as he met the needs of Adam and Eve in Genesis so that they could become everything that God created them to be.

God continues, throughout the Bible, to be generous with His time, talents and treasures.   By studying the Bible, we come to understand God’s generosity so that we then can take steps to be a generous people.   For example Psalm 36:5-8 states, “Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies …. People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.”  Can you name some additional examples of God’s generosity in the Bible?

As we continue to think about generosity, we need to consider that we don’t necessarily need material wealth to be generous.  As we think, plan, and reflect on generosity with an open and willing heart, we can come up with creative ways to be generous with our time, talent and resources.   For example:   Could we serve our family by doing a chore that no one else cares to do?  Can we encourage a stranger who appears to need a boost with a kind word?  Might we tell someone we love them and why we love them?  Can we be fully present and not be looking at our phones or thinking about the next thing we need to do when we interact with people?

Our God is a generous God.  Just as with Adam and Eve, He exceeds our needs by giving us more than enough.   As we leverage our time, talents and treasures to bless others, we reflect God in all His glory as we work toward the flourishing of the people and things that we love. 

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Key learning points from the sermon:

  • Generosity is exhibited in how we use our time, talents and treasures.
  • Generous people give time, talents and treasures to bring flourishing to the people and things they love. 

Time

  • God took time to create the heavens and the earth.
  • Giving our time helps construct the purpose(s) of that which you love.
  • Time is meant to frame out our day, not frustrate our life.
  • Where we allocate our time will determine what we build.

Talents

  • Some talents we are born with and we are called to enhance and cultivate these talents and abilities for the glory of God and for the good of others.
  • Some talents we need to learn and grow for the glory of God and the good of others.
  • Some talents aren’t in our wheelhouse and we will need to partner and rely on others to help with so that together we can glorify God and collaborate for the good of all. 

Treasures

  • God gives us treasures as he supplies all our needs. (Philippians 4)
  • God gives us glorious riches which strengthen us. (Ephesians 3:16)
  • God provides everything we need for life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3)
  • God gives to us that we may generously give to others (2 Corinthians 9:10–11

Small Group Discussion Questions

  • What are some time thieves that exist in your life?
  • How can addressing these time thieves give you more time to flourish and live a generous life?
  • What talents, gifts, abilities, skill sets, has God given you?
  • How can you use your talents to glorify God in your workplace? Help bring flourishing to Northland? 
  • What are some ways that you can use the treasures God has given to you to benefit others?

Daily Devotional Bible Passages

  • Monday - God’s Generosity - John 3:16;  Psalm 104:10-18
  • Tuesday - Time - Ephesians 5:15-17:  Psalm 90:12
  • Wednesday - Talents - Colossians 3:17; Ephesians 2:10
  • Thursday - Treasures - Matthew 13:44-46;  Matthew 6:19-21
  • Friday - Being a Light to the World - Matthew 5:14-16;  2 Corinthians 9:11-13

Prayer

Lord, we thank you for the twenty-four hours in each day that you have given us so that we can invest this time in glorifying and serving you and others.  May we use the talents that you have graciously given us in ways that are pleasing to You.  Thank you for the treasures that you have entrusted us with so that we can invest our treasures in people and things that have eternal value.  Let us be good stewards every day of our time, talents and treasures, honoring You in all that we do.  

Additional Resources

Vocation- Discerning Your Calling by Tim Keller

How Doctrine Transformed Vocation by Gene Edward Veith

About This Sermon Series

The Backstory of Generosity

back-sto-ry

noun

a history or background, especially one created for a fictional character in a motion picture or television program. - Google’s English dictionary

What if we told you that the backstory of generosity isn’t fictional? It’s real and the characters at its forefront lived in real-time. You think you already know what you need to know about generosity? Think again.

READ MORE +

The Backstory of Generosity

back-sto-ry

noun

a history or background, especially one created for a fictional character in a motion picture or television program. - Google’s English dictionary

What if we told you that the backstory of generosity isn’t fictional? It’s real and the characters at its forefront lived in real-time. You think you already know what you need to know about generosity? Think again.

In our new 4-week series The Backstory of Generosity, you’ll learn about the biblical birthplace of generosity (spoiler alert: it’s in Genesis!). Find out about its great purpose to bring heaven on earth. Take in how you can live generously via real-life practices and patterns. Finally, discover how you can develop a passion for generosity. Remember, generosity isn’t a behavior, if you are a child of God, generosity is a part of your very being.

Upcoming Weekends

» November 19-20
THE BACKSTORY OF GENEROSITY | The Passion of Generosity |
Lead Pastor Josh Laxton

» November 26-27
SIMPLE CHRISTMAS | Complicated Family, Simple Savior |
Lead Pastor Josh Laxton

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» November 19-20
THE BACKSTORY OF GENEROSITY | The Passion of Generosity |
Lead Pastor Josh Laxton

» November 26-27
SIMPLE CHRISTMAS | Complicated Family, Simple Savior |
Lead Pastor Josh Laxton

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