Pastor Steve Williams and Pastor Shane Ham : Living Like it Matters

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Living Like it Matters

Ephesians 5:15-17 (Phi) Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days. Don’t be vague but firmly grasp what you know to be the will of God.

Matthew 6:19-21 (NET) “Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

God’s “T-Bills” for investing

1. Use your TIME with an eye on eternity.

Learning to get time on your side.

2. Put your TALENTS in play wholly for God’s service.

Romans 6:13 (TLB) Give yourselves completely to God—every part of you—for you are back from death and you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for his good purposes.

Ephesians 4:16 (NCV) The whole body depends on Christ, and all the parts of the body are joined and held together. Each part does its own work to make the whole body grow and be strong with love.

Being “all-in” even though you’re not “all there” yet!

3. Give your whole TITHE as an act of faith & dependency.

Deuteronomy 8:18 (NIV) Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.

Deuteronomy 14:23 (TLB) The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.

Considering God’s promise to you.

Malachi 3:10 (NAS) “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and test me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”

Considering God’s purpose for you.

Considering God’s process in you.

4. Share your TESTIMONY with intent for God’s glory.

Acts 1:8 (NLT) “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Witnessing: telling what God has done in your life.

Realizing you have a life-saving message.

Romans 10:14 (NLT) But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?

Finding people are hungering for it.

Matthew 9:36-37 (TLB) What pity he felt for the crowds that came, because their problems were so great and they didn’t know what to do or where to go for help. They were like sheep without a shepherd “The harvest is so great, and the workers are so few,” he told his disciples.

  • What are some “meaningful moments” from your childhood that seem like they were “only yesterday” to you?

  • Pastor Steve talked about how “Chronos” time can become “Kairos” time – what are some keys to “redeeming the time” in how we spend it? What’s the difference between spending time and investing?

  • Why do you think people don’t see, or fail to offer up their talents to God? What rewards have you found from offering yourself to God?

  • There are 3 considerations Pastor Shane mentioned when praying about your personal giving habits. Which of these did you find the most compelling? Why? How has this affected your thinking when it comes to managing your money?

  • Read 2 Corinthians 8:11-12 and 9:6-8. What’s a step you can take today to demonstrate God is first place in your finances? What steps could move you closer to faithfully in practicing joyful tithing?

  • Was there a person(s) who helped point you toward Jesus? How did they do it? What keeps you from doing the same with those people around you? (Commit yourself to write out your testimony so you’re better prepared to share it when God opens opportunities.)

  • Who comes to your mind when you think of sharing your story with an outsider to faith? What barriers might they have toward considering Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior? How can you strategically pray for them to overcome these barriers so you get to share your story with them? How can your small group be praying with you about this?

  • Elementary Parents, we are wrapping up our January series on wisdom today. Our bottom line is God will help me make the wise choice. The more we read the Bible, the more we pray and talk to him and memorize the verses, the easier it will be to tell when danger is ahead so we can make the wise choice.

  • Here's To The One

  • Won't Stop Now

  • Raise A Hallelujah

  • 'Remembrance' + Communion

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