Today, we will continue the sermon series “First” at the church I attend. At this link: Pastor’s Podcast, you can see/listen to the messages of the series. You may also consider using the outlines, messages, and other material for Bible study or small group discussion.
Last week’s message was titled “First, Be Willing to Wait”. A main thought from the message is the need to be generous in building up God’s kingdom. We can do this by establishing a budget and honoring it, getting out of debt, and enjoy spending only what’s left. Below are some of the points from the message.
If you think about it, almost every advertisement is about our discontent. We think we are unhappy because we don’t have the product that is being advertized. We think life would be good if we just had the new car, the latest electronic gadget, or new product to improve how we look. And the advertisers make us think we have to have it right now.
Pastor Steve presented to us the need to redirect our appetites to the things that truly matter in life. The things that matter and last forever are things like our memories, our relationships, and our pursuit of a Godly life.
How much is enough? Putting God first in our life helps us to understand that God is enough and gives us all we need. He gives joy, peace, and all that matters in our life. Let us then be generous toward building up His kingdom?
In order to be generous towards building up His Kingdom, here are some basics that Pastor Steve presented:
- First establish a budget and honor it
- Give to God first
- Save for retirement
- Use credit sparingly
- Get out of consumer debt
- Say no to more
- Act your wage
- Enjoy spending what’s left
We are blessed when we wait for things that are meaningful; when we make a difference in the lives of others. The relationships we build and the memories we build together give true joy. Have a blessed week and enjoy this video: When Love Sees You – Mac Powell.
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7