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The Passion of Generosity

A message from
Pastor Josh Laxton

Genesis 3 (NIV)

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Genesis 3 (NIV)

The Fall

1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, 'You must not eat from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
   and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
   and you will eat dust
   all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
   between you and the woman,
   and between your offspring and hers;
   he will crush your head,
   and you will strike his heel."

16 To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
   with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
   and he will rule over you.”

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
   through painful toil you will eat food from it
   all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
   and you will eat the plants of the field.

19 By the sweat of your brow
   you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
   since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
   and to dust you will return.” 20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and also take from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Worship Focus

Today, we worship God for His passionate love. His love has been poured out on us when we were yet sinners and didn't deserve it. He saved us from our sins and set us free to live for and serve Him.

Digging Deeper

THIS WEEK'S Bible study

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The Backstory of Generosity: The Passion of Generosity

The Measurement of Generosity

Key Bible Verses

John 3:16

Genesis 3

Genesis 3:21

Sermon Quotes

Sermon Quotes from Pastor Josh Laxton

“Instead of being repelled by the messiness of life, we need to run to the messiness of life.”

“The good news is that God brought Adam and Eve out of their prison.  He’s going to forgive them and put them on the pathway of freedom until He can deal with sin—once and for all in Jesus”

“Transformational forgiveness is wrapped up in both mercy and grace.  You are withholding from someone what they deserve and then on the other hand demonstrating toward them unmerited favor through forgiveness—something they don’t deserve.”

“Imagine the kind of marriage and family we would have if we all were generous according to biblical generosity.”

“You must receive generosity before you release generosity. You cannot release what you have not received.”

DIGGING DEEPER

In Genesis 3, we see God continuing to be generous to Adam and Eve even as they sinned and  through them sin entered into the world.   God did not abandon Adam and Eve.  He sought them out.  

God used sacrificial, generous ways to counteract the sin of Adam and Eve.  He was present with them.  He gave them grace, mercy and forgiveness.  He made garments for them by sacrificing an animal so that Adam and Even would no longer be naked.  

Adam and Eve did have to face the consequences of their sin, but God showed love as He brought them out of hiding. God set them on the path of freedom by putting into place His plan to deal with sin once and for all as He gave His only begotten Son to die in our place for all our sins so that none would perish if they believe in Jesus.  John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Through all of this messiness, God was faithful and He consistently remains faithful all throughout the Bible.  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.”  This passage is a great encouragement to each of us as believers.  We can trust God and His promises which we see in the Bible. 

During the last weeks, we have seen the many ways our God is a generous God.   We learned that God calls us to be a biblically generous people which comes at a cost.  What might this cost be?   Is there someone we should forgive?   Do we need to ask God to bless someone who has wronged us and for Him to be at work in their lives?   Might we need to practice using the two most powerful phrases in the human language, “You are Forgiven” and “I am Sorry” with our family, coworkers, or with those in our church and community? (Ephesians 4:32b states, "Forgive each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you." ) Do we need to think about ways God may be calling us to die to ourselves so that the people and things that we love and cherish will be able to flourish?

As we finish up this series, The Backstory of Generosity, we are reminded that God is sacrificially and continuously generous as we both receive generosity and release generosity to others through the power of the Holy Spirit.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Key learning points from The Backstory of Generosity sermon series:

  • Generosity is founded on love.
  • Generosity aims for flourishing.
  • Generosity leverages time, talents, and treasures as tools to bring about flourishing for people and things we love.
  • Generosity serves as a counteractive measure in response to the greed of and in need the world.
  • To be generous requires sacrificial giving to overcome the self-grieving greed that unraveled God's very good creation.

Counteractive Measurements Good took to overcome the greed (sin) of Mankind.

  • Generosity is measured by PRESENCE.

The Principle: We must be willing to sacrifice where we want to be with where we need to be.

Generosity is measured by the trifecta of MERCY, GRACE, and FORGIVENESS.

The Principle: Sacrificial generosity involves paying someone else's bail to release them from your prison and then inviting them to be a part of your life.

  • Mercy- Withholding what one deserves.
  • Grace- Unmerited favor given to someone who doesn't deserve it.
  • Forgiveness- To absolve someone of their wrongdoing

  • Vertical Dimension of Forgiveness- God forgives Adam and Eve and puts them on the path to freedom until he can deal with sin—once and for all in Jesus.
  • Horizontal Dimension of Forgiveness- God's been generous to us through forgiveness; now in turn we are generous toward others with forgiveness.

Generosity is measured by DEATH.

  • The Principle: If it doesn't cost you, it doesn't count as generosity.
  • If you don't die to yourself, then the people and things you love will not be able to flourish.

In closing this series, The Backstory of Generosity, the:

  • Definition of generosity is the continuous sacrifice of giving up your time, talents, and treasures to bring up flourishing to the people and things God loves.
  • Declaration of generosity is that you must receive before you release generosity.
  • Invitation of generosity is since you received generosity, will you release generosity to others?

Life Application

During this week, think about ways where you can apply mercy, grace and forgiveness even when this is difficult and costly.   Are there ways you can use the most powerful phrases in the human language which are: “You are Forgiven” and “I am sorry?” Take a look at Northland’s website to learn more about  LifeHope Childcare Center and see some ways to be generous with your time, talents and treasures with opportunities like Christmas House or Giving Tuesday or  Deck the Halls!    

Small Group Discussion Questions

  • Based on Genesis 3, what are the sacrificial measures in which God gave to counteract the greed (sin) of Adam and Eve?
  • What are counteractive measures of generosity in the face of greed that we can practice in our daily lives?
  • What are some ways that we can grant forgiveness to others, so that they can walk in freedom, as we transform our heart so that we see them the way that God sees us?
  • How is God asking us to die to ourselves so that we can generously give our time, talents and treasures to the Lord? To our family and friends? To Northland?
  • What would be an example of an act of generosity that would “cost” you something?

Daily Devotional Bible Passages

  • Monday - God’s is Present- Matthew 28:20; Psalm 145:8
  • Tuesday - God is Merciful- Ephesians 2:4-5; Hebrews 4:15-16
  • Wednesday - God is Graceful- Exodus 34:6; John 1:14-17
  • Thursday - God is Forgiving and We also need to Forgive- Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 6:14
  • Friday - God is Generous- Philippians 4:19; John 3:16

Prayer

Lord, we thank you that you have shown us mercy, grace and forgiveness.  We are sinners but you have dealt with our sin once and for all by sending Jesus, your son, to die on the cross for our sins.  We are thankful for the generosity you have shown us as you love and forgive us even though we don’t deserve your mercy and grace.  Help us, to be generous to others, showing them forgiveness.  Transform our hearts so that we see others as you see them and help us to desire and prayerfully hope for the good God can do in their lives.  Help us to yield our lives to you so that we can effectively reach our neighbors and nations with the good news of the Gospel. 

Additional Resources

Nelson Mandela on Forgiveness- Written during 27-year imprisonment

God's Generosity by C.G. Spurgeon

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.

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