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The Multiplication Flow

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Evangelism and Generosity. God uses both of these things to accomplish His mission on earth today through the church. As we participate in these things God will grow our faith and multiply our impact in our world.

Welcome to part two of our multiply series. It's our year end vision series. That is a special season for our church to rally around a common vision that God has given us and we're trust in God that he is going to strengthen our faith and he's going to expand our vision and we're going to see God do some incredible things in our life and also in and through our church. And we're going to express this faith through giving a generous offering to the multiply offering, and just two Sundays from now and December five and so it's just going to be a great, great time and that special offering is going to go to above and beyond the normal operating stuff of our church. It's going to connect us into where we're heading. It's going to allow us to hire some new pastoral staff team people, save for a building and invest more in what God is doing here right now and some new technology and stuff like that, outreach opportunities, creating new relationship building opportunities. So it's going to be a great important season that we are in and we kicked off this season at a vision night. We met at a barn not too far from here and many of you were there and I love the passion that the energy that was in that room. Did you like it to was a good night? Yeah, all right, good. Just checking. I thought it was pretty cool and in in that night I said in order for us to get to where God, I believe God is leading us, we got to do four things. We have to be committed to the vision. Number two, we have to worship, and we had a cool nation's worship night on Friday night just a couple days ago and that was really cool. The third thing we have to do is we have to do evangelism, and then the fourth thing is we have to have financial generosity. And so today's message is about evangelism and financial generosity. And what's really cool about all four of these things is that you can do them. We can do them. There are all things that we can do, that you can do, and I'm going to do my best to inspire us to do it. But if we do it, I believe God has some incredible things planned for us and in store for us as a church and in the individually for us as well. So do you know what I mean when I say evangelism? It's a big word. Evangelism is simply sharing your faith in Jesus and it's talking about what Jesus has done in your life. And it's words, it's a story, it's a sharing, but there's also like a bigger component to it, like, and we talked about here, the heartbeat of our church. We want to pray for people, especially people who are far from God. We want to care for people and we want to share Jesus with people. That's evangelism. And I came across this cool definition of evangelism. It says living and proclaiming the good news of salvation found in Christ alone. Like it starts with a lifestyle. It starts with I'm living differently, and people are wondering, why do you live that way? Why do you spend the money that way? Why do you care about this? Why do you talk about this? Why do you go there? It starts with living individually, but also as a church. People are curious, why are you doing that? Why are you investing your time in this? Why are you have this thing? It starts with living, but it can't stop with living. It has to be proclaimed, like there has to be words, because there's good news that needs to be shared, the good news that Jesus came to this earth, he lived a perfect life and he died on the Cross to pay the penalty for your sin, and he was buried and he rose again the third day, and anyone who puts our faith and trust in him will be saved. Their sin was taken and nailed to the Cross and Jesus, when we believe in him, gives us his perfection and we have a new life. And that is the news that needs to be communicated, because that's what leads to salvation. That's found...

...only in Jesus. So that's evangelism. Financial Generosity, then, is also very important. And you're like really, we're going to talk about money today? Yes, we are, and I know sometimes in Church that could be a little bit of a weird thing. And Guess who? I think knew that? Jesus, because Jesus talked more about money than almost anything else, and he taught something like really important. He taught something that you can't worship both God and money. Like there's something unique about this particular area of our life that it challenges us like what do we really believe, what do we really care about, what do we really worship? And and where our money goes, and what we spend our money on oftentimes indicates where our hearts are. And so Jesus knew this, and so we are going to talk about it. We're going to talk about financial generosity and generosity in general is living a life that matches the giving nature of God by outrageously and joyfully giving of our time, our treasures, which is our money, and talents. You know, you have to put all the teas in there together to Fuel God's mission here on Earth, because our God is a generous giving God, for God so loved the world that he what did he do? He gave. And if God has given you, and if God has given me all this amazing stuff, he's given us so much, he's given us new life, he's given us you keep going, then we in turn are called by him to give back to him, to fuel what he is doing on this earth through the Ministry of the local Church, God's main mission here today, and so we want to do that outrageously, we want to do it joyfully, and we can give our time and our treasures and our talent to do that. And it's what financial generosity propels evangelism. It's what makes the Gospel flow. It's what accomplishes the mission. It allows it to be moving, it allows it to reach more people, it allows the message to go forward. Financial Generosity does that and the Gospel is grounded without generosity. The Gospel is grounded without generosity and in a sense, I think you know this, it's like it takes time. It takes time to invest in people, to create a relationship, to invite them over for dinner, to talk about life, to emotionally invest in this person and pray for them. Like it takes your time, and we get that, and it takes our talents to write. Each of us is unique and we all have different abilities to serve and love people, and it's like wow, that's incredible, you really you really did that for me, and it's like yeah, I did, and we get that. But does it really take our financial generosity too? I think it does, and sometimes I have a very practical mind about thinking about some of these things. So just go here with me for a second. Okay, maybe some of you are real fired up about evangelism. You're like, I'm going to go share my faith. Why am I even sitting in this chair right now? I'm going to go. I'M gonna get up and there's hundreds of people at Wagmans within walking distance. I'm just going to go over there and start talking to them about Jesus. I don't need no money to do that. Well, good luck, because people oftentimes don't care about what you have to say until they know that you care. And so maybe if you bought ten people coffee, then maybe one of them might be interested in what you had to say. And so there's a little financial investment there. That's me. And now maybe you're like, I don't need to do that, I just need a bull horn or I need a soap box or I need some pamphlets. Okay, where's the where that coming from? You got you...

...gotta buy that. You're like, that's too much. That's too much. I could just go there myself. I just use my words. Okay, you need some food, you need some fuel, you need a place to live, like somewhere, some place. There has to be some level of financial generosity that fuels the Gospel being shared in the Gospel is grounded without financial generosity. So evangelism and generosity go hand in hand. They go together. Evangelism and financial generosity. Evangelism and generosity and so today we are going to look at the book of acts, the early church, the birthday of the church. That will help us to see this relationship between in evangelism and generosity. And so if you have your Bible, turn with me to acts chapter one. And if you don't have your Bible, that's quite all right. The words will be on the screen behind me and we would love to give you a free Bible before you leave today. There's one in the lobby if you can stop by there and get it at the new here area. But in the book of acts was written by a guy named Luke. Luke was a disciple of Jesus and he wrote the Gospel of Luke, Matthew, mark, Luke and John, and that book of acts like picks up after where the Gospel's end. And so at the end of the Gospels Jesus died, spoiler alert, and he rose again. Who and then he appeared to all of these people for forty days and he was talking to them and one of the last things he told his disciples was this. And Act Chapter One, Verse Four. He says do not leave slim until the father sends you the gift he promised. As I told you before and then he tells them, but you will receive the power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere in Jerusalem, Throughout Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the Earth. And so, ten days later, after Jesus said this and ascended into heaven, everyone is in the town of Jerusalem for a festival called pentecost, fifty days after Passover. And so the Believers are there and the Holy Spirit comes and it's a miraculous day, like unlike any other day. There's people from all other nations and nationalities, all these different languages that have gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate Passover, and it's some crazy starts happening. They start hearing the believers speak about Jesus in their own language. It's like if I was speaking Spanish right now and you were hearing me in English, or, for our Spanish speakers, I was speaking in English and you are hearing me in Spanish. Like something miraculous was happening on that day and God was using it. All these different people, all these different people gathered in one place to hear the good news and their own language. So that they could go out and go back home and tell everybody about it. And so Peter recognized what was going on on that and special day and he stands up in front of as many people as he could and he starts preaching, he starts doing evangelism, he starts telling him about Jesus, he starts quoting an old testament and he he's just telling them this is Jesus, this is Jesus, and we see at the end of his sermon and act chapter two, he says this. So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah. And Peter's words pierced their heart and they said to him and to the other apostles, brothers, what should we do? And Peter replied each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for their forgiveness of your sins. Then you were received the of the Holy Spirit, and this promise is to you and to your children and even to the gentiles and all who have been called by the Lord our God, like the Holy Spirit. If you are believer in Jesus, lives inside of you today, right now, empowers you, God inside of you, and Peter gives us amazing message. And...

...what happens? What is the result of Peter's evangelism? It says those who believe what Peter said were baptized and added to the Church that day, about three thousand in all. And so the church grew from just over a hundred to over threezero people as a result of Peter's evangelism. Like it was a big day for the birthday of the Church, and it reminded me a little bit of our church's birthday, where we through this grand opening service right here and we got to look out at you all and just invite as many people as possible to hear a clear vision of what God was going to do in and through you and in and through our church. And it was amazing to see people respond to the Gospel, to believe in Jesus, to commit their life to Jesus, to feel like they want to be a part of the mission of what God is doing here. And I just remember standing next to Alicia at the very end and just kind of taking it all in and just incredible to be a part of it, to see it, to experience it. Now, as far as I know, I was speaking in English and you were here in it in English, but like it was still like a special day. That first day is just like wow, and ever since then God has been at work, the Gospel has been changing lives, and we just celebrated Anna's story. Like God used what we are doing here in this movie theater and he brought it via the technology that we use and invest in and brought it to her in her hospital room, in her hospital bed. God did that and God, God, used the testimony of her brother and her sister in law at getting baptized and proclaiming their faith in Jesus to just spark something in our heart and her faith and Jesus was was born. Like God is doing that. Evangelism is happening. Evangelism is living and proclaiming the good news of salvation found in Christ alone. So then, what happened? What happened after that Big Day? Well, let's keep reading and Act Chapter two, verses forty two through forty seven. All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship and to sharing and meals, including the Lord Supper and to prayer. A deep sense of all came over all of them and the apostles perform many miraculous signs and wonders, and all the believers met together in one place and they what shared everything they had and they sold their property and a possessions and shared the money with those in need. And they worshiped together at the temple every day, men in homes for the Lord's supper and shared their meals with great joy and generosity, all the while praising God and enjoying the good will of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who are being saved. Those early believers, those first church members, they shared everything they had. They even sold stuff that they did have right banking in the first century Israel Roman world was a little different than it is today. So they had their stuff and they sold it and they brought it and they helped other people with it and they were generous. They were very, very generous generosity and evangelism. Evangelism and generosity. What is what was the result of their generosity? In verse forty seven, it said, and each day the Lord added to their fellowship. Those who are being saved like a result of the church responding in generosity was more people were believing, more people were being a part of the mission, more people were following Jesus. And we see this cycle today too, when we talk about praying and caring and sharing Jesus with people in our life. Like that's happening. We're praying for people. Hannah heard our prayers as a church and we didn't even we didn't even know we were praying for her. That was so cool. So we were praying and then we cared for people, like...

...when we throw parties, birthday parties, baby showers, you name it, throw a backyard barbecue, like, guess what happens? That's generosity at work and people come to those things, they're touched by those things. They wonder, why are you doing that? Why are you living this way? Why are you different? And people come and they get connected and they see it and it's like something's different, something's going on here, and they're being touched by your generosity and more people are getting saved. But without generosity, the Gospel is grounded and of course the good news itself doesn't change. It just might not look as good to a lost and dying world. They're wondering. What difference does it really make in somebody's life? Yeah, that's news. That happened twozero years ago, but really, what difference does it make? But when we, as believers, understand what God has done, when we understand how much he has given us, the transformation that happens in our life, and we respond with outrageous, joyful giving that impacts the world, watch out, watch out, World Acts Chapter Two, evangelism happening. So after acts chapter two, you had an evangelism. Right, you had generosity. Now what do you think you have next? More evangelism. So now there is Peter and John and they go to the temple and there's a lame man at the Temple and they heal this guy and he gets up and walking around and everybody's looking like what, what? That's that guy? No Way. His life is changed, his life is transformed, and Peter and John they take this opportunity to preach. They're telling everybody about Jesus. It's like, yeah, Jesus did that, that was amazing, like that's that's awesome, and people are believing. But when we live this way, when we live in evangelism, when we live in generosity. People's lives are changed and there's somebody that knows that. There's somebody that tries to stop that. The enemy, the devil, Satan. He attacks generosity. And so when Peter and John are are preaching and there they're sharing with all these people, guess who shows up? The religious people, those daying religious people, the Jewish religious leaders, they show up and they say you can't do this, you can't be talking about Jesus, you got to you got to stop doing this, and they put them in jail for telling people about Jesus. And so there will always be when generosity and evangelism are happening, they will always be opposition from the outside and we've maybe faced a little bit of that. We might have sensed a few things here and there, but I don't think I've felt a whole lot of opposition for our church. And I just know that if we continue in evangelism and continue in generosity, that opposition it's coming and it's going to be worse and I just know that God is going to be with us and we're going to be able to stand against it and we're going to stay focused on the mission and people will continue to be saved and we're going to continue to give and we're going to continue to push the mission forward, even standing against opposition. So five thousand people now are believers in Jesus as a result of Peter and John and and they get out of jail. Okay, Peter and John Get out of jail. And then what happened? What...

...happened after this evangelistic growth? In chapter four, verse Thirty Two, it says this that all the believers were united in heart and mind and they felt that they owned was not their own. So they shared everything they had. The Apostle testified powerlely to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God's great blessing was upon them all. There was no needy people among them, because those who own land and houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need. That's generosity, generosity, evangelism, evangelism, generosity. All these people, they're sharing what they have, they're selling their stuff, their land, their houses, and bringing the money and funding fueling what God is doing. Wouldn't it be cool to know what that look like? You're like, I wonder, I wonder what what that felt like, what what what happened? Do you have a story? Luke? Luke has a story. He says, for instance, there was Joseph, Oh, Joseph Sawsome, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabyss, which means son of encouragement, and he was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus. His family and his nation get a shout out and he sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles. Joseph, you go, Joseph. He responded in this moment, this important moment in the history of the church, and his name is forever recorded in the word of God because of his obedience and because he stepped up and was generous in in this moment. Joseph, you go, Joseph. Wow, you did that, you're that's amazing. You're this, you're in a such an encouragement to us. So we can bring what we have and you can bring what you have to help fuel the mission of God on this Earth today. And I can just envision couple years from now, okay, a couple years from now, we're looking back on this moment. Couple years from now we're looking back on this moment and we're thinking, remember when, remember when so and so did this. Remember when? I don't. Well, I think we have any Joseph. Remember when Joseph did this. Wow, we wouldn't be here three years from now, a couple years from now, if it wasn't for the faithfulness and the generosity of the people here in this room today and those watching online, like there is something special right now that could result in getting us to where we're going in a couple years that we would be just in all and remember for forever. Wow, remember when, remember when, Joseph Man who Joseph was awesome, but maybe you should put your name in there. What if you put your name? Remember when your name did this. Wow, that was a great bowl. That was incredible. But remember the enemy attacks this. He comes after generosity and in acts chapter five we see this happening, and I think it will happen even right here and right now. But two thousand years ago, and Act Chapter Five, if we keep reading, there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife Safire, has sold some property and he brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount, with his wife's consent. He kept the rest. Then Peter said, Annias, why have you let Satan Fill your heart? Notice where the attack is coming from. You lied to...

...the Holy Spirit and you kept some of the money for yourself. The property was yours to sell or not to sell, as you wish, and after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do such a thing like this? You weren't lying to us, but to God, like this was an important moment in the history of the church. It was important that God was confirming that. He was using Peter to confirm that generosity, financial generosity, is important. It is very, very important, and God wants authentic people, he wants real people, like this isn't a show, you know, this isn't some made up thing, like this is real, this is authentic, this is important. And Peter was telling Ananias like, dude, it's not about the amount, it's not about that. Like you had this field and you chose to sell it. Nobody made you sell it, you choose, and after you sold it, then, well, you had this money and nobody forced you to give all of it. The problem was was the the seat, the posture of this man's heart and he said, this is everything, and of course it wasn't. And so as a result of this, he fell to the floor and he died. Yeah, and shortly after this happened, his wife came in and confirmed the lie and she died as well. And so just a warning or a caution. Like the enemy does some weird things when you think about financial generosity. He likes to attack it and he attacks it hard, and so we want to be real about it, be authentic about it, and that's that's what we want to do, because he's going to try to get us, the enemies, trying to get us to believe some certain things that just aren't true when it comes to financial generosity. So the enemy, he might get us to try to think that I can't give what I don't have, and that's just simply not true, because Jesus said something in Luke, chapter six, verse Thirty Eight. Give and you will receive. Your gift will return to you full, press down, shaking together to make room for more, running over and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Like you can't out give God, and it's really a difference between a scarcity mindset and an abundance mentality. Scarcity mindset says there's a limited amount of resources and I'm going to try to get all of them and hold them for as long as possible. And the abundance mindset, a mentality says that invites God into the equation and says God has everything, He created everything, and when God comes into the picture there's always more than enough. And so I want to tell you a little bit of my financial history and story to illustrate some of this point. I remember when I got my first job, who whoo, first job. I was a freshman at eleven of Valley College. I worked on facility services and I made seven twenty five an hour and I worked about forty hours a month. Okay, forty hours a month, not a week, forty hours a month. I was cutting the grass and shovel in the sidewalks and empty in the trash and lots of fun stuff. And but it was my first time I ever got a paycheck, ever, first time I ever worked and received money, and I was excited because my little you know, a couple hundred dollar paycheck. I was collecting them, I was I was combining them. I said when I get...

...home for my first you know, summer break, I'm going to be able to give to my church for the very first time and never done that before, and so I never made any money before, and so I was collecting my little paychecks and at the end of my first semester I had about a thousand dollars. And so when the opportunity came, you know, I kind of grew up going to this church and I they did an offering and I kind of knew about I just never personally done it and I don't remember the exact moment, but I do remember I, you know, I wrote a check and and I gave it in the offering plate at the time for the very first time. It's like a hundred dollars or so. And I tell you that to say and to illustrate that when I talked about planning for our giving, making our giving a priority and giving a percentage like this is what I do, this is what Alicia and I do, and we've been doing it for a long time, planning all semester. I'm every paycheck I get, I'm like, okay, this is how much I have. I'm recording it in a little book. I actually found this little book the other days. If you want to see it, I'd love to show you. It's kind of cool and I'm recording all of this. And then it's a priority for me, like I knew, like as I was getting this money and I knew that it was going to be given to my church. And then it was a percentage. When I had to determine what amount do I write on this check, I took the amount that I gave got and I chose about ten percent and I divided it or multiplied it by ten percent and that's the amount that I gave. So fast forward to graduation day. Okay, I graduated from college. Who that? Sunday after I graduated I started my first high paying pastoral job. It was incredible. And then I had to start taking financial records for myself. You know, had to write everything down, and if you don't do that, if you don't write where you spend your money, I encourage you to do that. It's a really good practice. It's really helpful write everything down, and I started to do that so I could look back to November, two thousand and thirteen, my first ever big paying pastoral job. I made two thousand nine hundred and eighty one dollars that month and I could tell you all my expenses if you wanted to. I paid six hundred dollars for this little rent place, which was a gift from God. Absolutely four hundred of that went out to taxes and my total expenses that month were two thousand five hundred forty two dollars, which left me with four hundred thirty nine dollars. I save two hundred thirty nine of those dollars and I gave two hundred of them, and it's actually crazy to look back on those first years of the amount of money I was saving every single month. I save two hundred forty six dollars and thirty cents, one dollar one month, twenty two dollars and five cents, two hundred thirty six dollars and sixty seven cents, forty one dollar, fifteen dollars. It's just crazy to look at those numbers, all the while giving two hundred dollars a month. Then in two thousand and fifteen I got married and Alicia has a great job and I'm so thankful for her, and our income increased and are giving increased too. Then in August of two thousand and eighteen, I left my high paying pastoral job and took a church planter in residency position, and I got a seventy five percent pay cut to take this job to pursue planting this church. All the while we were still giving to the church. And if you look at my accounting sheet that I was telling you about earlier, I don't really know how what I'm about to tell you is actually possible other than this verse. Give and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full. Press down, shaking together to make room for more, running over and poured into your mapped. The amount you give will determine the amount...

...you get back, because twelve out of the next seventeen months we lost money every single month. Five hundred dollars, five hundred dollars, five hundred dollars. These is amount of money that we spend above and beyond our regular income. Seven hundred dollars, five hundred, seven hundred fifty dollars, two thousand five hundred dollars, a thousand dollars, three thousand dollars, five hundred dollars. Somehow, at the end of those seventeen months, we bought a house and before we bought the house, we actually had six thousand more dollars in our savings account then we did seventeen months prior. How? Right? How? And I don't I don't tell you all of that to brag or for any other reason other than it's true and to tell you that your pastor takes financial generosity very seriously. It's a very real thing for me, for Alicia. We talked about it, we pray about it, we think about it, we plan for it, we figure it out. And do we get it right every time? I don't think so. Do is what I just share with you the perfect way to do it? Probably not. I'm still learning. I'm still wondering if the way that I understand it is actually the right way. So I don't get it right all the time. But I tell you this specifically, the twelve out of seventeen. That's just crazy, because God has a way of giving above and beyond what we regularly receive. He just does. And so when we come to a season and an opportunity to give an offering above and beyond our regular giving, it's like there is so much reason to give, there is so much opportunity to give. God has blessed immensely. So there's two more things that the enemy, I think, attacks when we think about financial generosity, because he wants us to think that I can't give what I don't have. Then he also wants us to think that I will never have enough if I give what little I do have. I will never have enough if I give what little I do have. How much is enough? Just asking, like if I had double the amount of money I had right now, then that would be enough. Right. Okay, so take whatever amount you would give when you made double your income and then just divide it by two and given now, right. And what this does is is that it invites God into your financial world. When you give, it invites God into your financial world, which is really important, like you want God to be in your life, right, and so many of us just block him from this main part of our life. And so the way that he gives us this opportunity to give is he says that there is a percentage that is mine, and so we just decide after at the top, right off the bat, right hundred percent come in. That's the way percents work, and ten percent, or whatever percent you choose, go out. That's just the way that it works and we are challenge to think, like if I give that, then I won't have enough, I'll have less, which in some way that is sort of true. But God, in his supernatural ability, somehow multiplies the ninety percent or that which we keep after we've given some more than if we just try and do it all ourselves with they a hundred percent ourselves, like it's hard to explain. But when we trust God with giving and a percentage and we only have a little less, like that goes further. God does something. God multiplies that, God does something supernatural with that, and it's incredible to see and to be a...

...part of. And now I you should be saying like ten percent, like that's ridiculous, like if I gave ten percent, my life would look so different. I'd spend my money completely differently. That's a lot. And the that's kind of the point, like your life is going to be different. God is inviting you to enter into a completely different way of living and it's a step of faith and it's a step of trust and it's it's just different. And God has a way of doing something that is beyond what we can even understand. So thinking, I will never have enough if I give what little I do have. Is just not true, and neither is my generosity. Won't make a difference. So therefore, I won't give at all. And Jesus just tells us this isn't true either. In Mark, Chapter Twelve, Verse Forty One, there was a moment in Jesus's life, in history. Okay, Jesus sat down near the collection box in the temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Jesus is watching you, he's watching you give, he's he's watching the number you right on your check. He's watching you click, he's watching you drop it. It like God, Jesus cares about this. He's watching and many rich people put in large amounts, and then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins, and Jesus called his disciples to him and said, like it's like, come here, come here, I gotta show you something. I got to show you something. Look over there. I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions, for they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on. God pays attention to our giving, to our financial generosity, and the amount is really an indication of what God has blessed you with. So a five hundred thousand dollar offering could be less than a five dollar offering depending on what God has blessed a person with, because it's in proportion, it's in amount. So if God has blessed you with a lot, and offering that's meaningful to you is a lot, and if God has blessed you with a little, then an offering, a meaningful offering to you, is a little. But what's important is that it's meaningful to you, that it's sacrificial for you, it's important for you. And so as we consider how to give and be a part of the multiply offering this end of the year's season that we're in, I want to encourage you to remember this, that your financial generosity will fuel evangelism. It will fuel evangelism and you might be tempted to think that I can't give what I don't have, and it's like when we have a whole different way of get when we give. God has a different way of helping us look at our money. There is more there than we could ever kind of wrap our minds around, and you might be tempted to think I will never have enough if I give what little I do have. But if you give what little you do have, you've invited God into the equation and something happens, something changes. And if you think that my generosity won't make a difference, then there is a gift amount that will make a difference for you. I know that there is, like there is an amount that is meaningful to you between you and God. You know right there is a gift that is meaningful to me and I can give it in this season, no matter how many Zeros or how many commas or whatever else is on that number. And so now, now, right now, in this multiply season, is our moment to push fear aside and to lean into faith and to pray specifically about how God is calling...

...us to give and to be a part of being generous in this end of the year multiply season and think sacrificially. Consider what does God have for me, specifically for me, and if we do this, if we all do this, and I think we can do this, then God is going to do some incredible things, not only in and through our church, but I believe in your life and in your faith and strengthen your faith and expand your trust and your vision, and God is going to continue to use your generosity to reach more people, to do evangelism and there will be a great harvest, more than we can even wrap our minds around. I believe that and I hope you did too. Let's pray. Lord Jesus, we ask that you would be with us in this moment, right now, as we realize the enemy, just as is strong, he knows that financial generosity just does something. It fuels the Gospel. The enemy tried to get after Jesus so many times. He tried to stop it from the Cross, he tried to kill him when he was a baby. He tries all that stuff and it didn't work, and so the what he can stop now is is us, and I pray that that doesn't happen. I pray that you would strengthen our faith. I pray that you would expand our vision. I pray that we would invite you, God, into our financial world and just ask you, what do you have for me to do today? And if we do that, I believe, God, that you will empower us to do it, as you Holy Spirit lives inside of us, that you're going to do some incredible things in and through this church and in and through each person here. So, Lord, I pray that you just be with me even that Alicia and I would be sensitive to your spirit, that we would consider what you would have for us and this season. And, Lord, I just can't wait to see what you will do, the lives that will be transformed for all eternity because of our generosity today and how great your good news is. So, Lord, we ask these things that you would bless them in Jesus name. Amen.

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