10-26-16 Insight Post

As we read through the book of Acts we see the birth of Jesus’ church and gain insight into what should characterize all followers and churches. Gratitude for God’s grace and mercy fuels their acts of obedience, courage, and (at times) respectful disobedience to governing authorities. Another thing we notice is the radical generosity that spread among these new believers. Kim gave us some things to think about earlier this week about what this means for us personally. We also need to see the impact of our generosity on those that observe it. We are constantly being watched by people wanting to see what our faith is made of and if it is real. Generosity is the hallmark of God’s love expressed to us. We know that ”God loved the world so much that He gave His only son” (John 3:16) - the most extravagant gift in all of history. We also read that “since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” (Romans 8:32) – God is continually generous to us. This is our new heritage as followers and is one key evidence that we truly have accepted Jesus as our Savior and Lord. As we learn to imitate our Father, our growing generosity will encourage those who receive it and challenge those who witness it to investigate the God that inspires it. As our faith grows so does our generosity. As our generosity grows so does it’s influence on those watching. Anyone can talk faith, generosity shows it.

rusty

Sr. Pastor

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