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Ambassadors of Generosity

A message from
Pastor Rob Hemphill
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Pastor Rob Hemphill

2 Corinthians 8:1-9 (NASB1995)

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2 Corinthians 8:1-9 (NASB1995)

1 Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, 2 that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. 3 For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, 4 begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, 5 and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God. 6 So we urged Titus that as he had previously made a beginning, so he would also complete in you this gracious work as well.

7 But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also. 8 I am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also. 9 For 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.

Prayer Focus

Father, today we ask that our new lead pastor would set his heart and mind on things above, where Christ is. We pray that through your power, he would lead his family and church well as they follow after you.
- Matt Shiles, Succession Planning Committee Member

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
- Colossians 3:1-2

Worship Focus

Today, we worship God for His generosity. Every good and perfect blessing comes down from Him, the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17).

Digging Deeper

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About This Sermon Series

What do you think of when you hear the word bless? Home decor? A response to a sneeze? This word may seem a bit old-fashioned to contemporary ears, but the concept of blessing has a long and rich history. In ancient cultures, people blessed one another with material and social benefits, but there was more to it. Blessings, both bestowed and received, played a crucial part in how the world operated. Blessings helped create and sustain healthy relationships that were marked by gratitude and promise-keeping. It was a privilege to bless. 

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What do you think of when you hear the word bless? Home decor? A response to a sneeze? This word may seem a bit old-fashioned to contemporary ears, but the concept of blessing has a long and rich history. In ancient cultures, people blessed one another with material and social benefits, but there was more to it. Blessings, both bestowed and received, played a crucial part in how the world operated. Blessings helped create and sustain healthy relationships that were marked by gratitude and promise-keeping. It was a privilege to bless. 

Bless is a verb. This means that blessing should be active. 

Bless is a command. The Bible tells us to bless God and bless other people.

Blessing is reciprocal. As we bless God and other people, we are promised a blessing in return!

God is the Source of blessing. Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father, who bestows abundant blessings on all that He has created. Jesus Christ gave the ultimate blessing, His precious life. The Holy Spirit blesses from within with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

In this new series, we’ll learn what the Bible teaches about blessing others through our generosity and service. Designated as ambassadors of God’s generosity, Christians learn to give God’s way. When Christians serve others as Christ did, blessings overflow in practical ways. As we follow God’s example, we too will bless. 

Upcoming Weekends

» OCTOBER 9-10
BLESS | Generosity God's Way | Governing Elder John Cortines

» OCTOBER 16-17
BLESS | Profile of a Servant | Care & Counseling Pastor John Tardonia

Upcoming Worship Services

» OCTOBER 9-10
BLESS | Generosity God's Way | Governing Elder John Cortines

» OCTOBER 16-17
BLESS | Profile of a Servant | Care & Counseling Pastor John Tardonia

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What's Current

When Helping Hurts Two Day Seminar

Friday, October 8 at 8 p.m. and Saturday October 9 at 9 a.m.

What if poverty isn’t just about a lack of food, money or clothing? If you have ever asked yourself that question, join us as we host a two-day DVD seminar taught by Dr. Brian Fikkert, author of "When Helping Hurts." Together we'll learn how to effectively help people in need — moving beyond good intentions to lasting change.

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Northland Family Skate Night

Saturday, October 16 at 5 p.m.

FREE Admission includes regular skate rental! Food and Drinks available for purchase! Large Rink and Beginner Rink available! Located at Semoran Skateway.


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Starting Point

Wednesdays, October 20 through December 15 at 6 p.m.

Starting Point is a gathering where your questions about God turn into a conversation about faith. In a Starting Point group, you can discuss your doubts and explore the trickiest topics of faith, free from pressure and judgment.

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Local Serve Day

Saturday, October 23 at 8 a.m.

Don't miss out on our next serve day as we care for our neighbors and local community. We'll gather as a large group in the morning for worship and then head out to serve throughout the community on various projects!

Serve Others

Stewardship Update

Budget for Fiscal (7/1/21-6/30/22) : $7.5M
As of 9/30/2021
If you'd like to learn more or have questions related to finances at Northland, contact our finance team at FinanceTeam@NorthlandChurch.net.
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Tithes and Offerings: The Heart of the Matter

The word “tithe” is first mentioned in Genesis 14:20. After defeating his enemies, Abram gave a tenth of the spoils to Melchizedek...

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Tithes and Offerings: The Heart of the Matter

The word “tithe” is first mentioned in Genesis 14:20. After defeating his enemies, Abram gave a tenth of the spoils to Melchizedek, the mysterious priest who prefigured Jesus Christ. Perhaps the most quoted tithe passage is Malachi 3:8-10, where the Israelites are told to bring the tithe to the storehouse. Israelites were expected to tithe of everything since it was the law and all things came from God (Lev 27:30).

Today, Christians are not beholden to the Mosaic law. Christ fulfilled the law, but left us a law of love to follow. However, He did not make it easy and simply tell us a specific amount that we should give to the church. Instead, Jesus goes to the heart of the matter. By doing so, we must think about our giving and make it intentional. Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for their self-righteous attitude about tithing in Luke 18:10-14. In Matthew 23:23, Jesus exposes the hypocrisy in the hearts of these religious leaders: 

”Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” 

Notice that Jesus did not tell the people around Him not to tithe. Jesus describes the widow’s offering in Luke 21:1-4 as a sacrificial offering:

“As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

Paul’s instruction is to collect a sum that is in keeping with our income. 

“Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. 2 On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” (1 Cor 16:1-2)

Paul also addresses attitudes about giving in 2 Cor 9:7: 

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 

May our giving reflect a heart that pleases God.

My hope is that I’ve helped give you some guidance on how to approach giving. The month of September is below budget expectation, as you can see on the graph. For the first quarter of the fiscal year, we are at 95% of budget. I would encourage you to consider how you can help Northland Church be fully funded for this fiscal year.

Thank you again for your generosity.  

Stewarship report by:

Glenn Garton

Finance Director

Stewardship Update

Northland Tithes & Offerings
Need for Fiscal (7/1/20-6/30/21) $9.5M
As of 9/30/2021
If you'd like to learn more or have questions related to finances at Northland, contact our finance team at FinanceTeam@NorthlandChurch.net.
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