When Christians Are Generous
|Acts 2 (NKJV™)|
|44||Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common,|
|45||and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.|
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To find out what God intended His people to be like, we have to go back to the Spirit-led church in the book of Acts. As we take a fresh look at their style, structure, and service, we get the full picture. This group wasn't a bunch of independent isolationists who met once a week. They were generous toward one another and sought to meet the social and economic needs of people in their spiritual family. Because they were so open-hearted, they were also open-handed.
The Church. Who really needs to be a part of it? Why should we belong to something so archaic and so narrow? The culture around us seems to ask this question relentlessly, but what is the answer? Pastor Skip Heitzig presents a series of reasons why the church, as Christ established it, is so vitally important to the Christian walk. From God's original intent for His church, to the ways in which He uses us today, and the reasons why people attend and leave the church, this series emphasizes the importance of the Church and the need to revere it as divinely established.
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I. They're Open-Hearted - Generous with Time and Talent (v. 44)
A. Devoted to Unity
B. Developed Community
II. They're Open-Handed - Generous with Treasure (v.45)
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