Question: You have one life; will God get it?

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Big Idea: Every money decision is a decision 

Matthew 6:21For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be”

1. Generosity is more about your motivation 

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2. Generosity is more about your devotion 

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Mark 12:41-44 “And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.[a] 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

3 Kinds of Tithes:

1. The Lord’s Tithe (Leviticus 27:30)

2. The Feast Tithe (Deut 14:22-23)

3. The Poor Tithe (Deut 14:28-29)

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Generosity in 5 mile Radius:

Median Income: $69,626

Annual giving: $1,010

Percentage given: 1.5%

2 Corinthians 9:7 “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

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Gospel Takeaway: Generosity is not something God just wants from you but something he wants for you 

How do we change this?

1. Give to God first

2. Give a sacrificial percentage

3. Give with a grateful heart

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Question: You have one life; will God get it?

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1. What you want is found in you need 

Kingdom: When King Jesus gets his way 

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2. Who you need wants you have 

2 Corinthians 8:9b “though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”

1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

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3. Who you need transforms you want 

Lies that break the gaze:

1. More of what I don’t have will satisfy
2. What I buy I own
3. More money will fix my problems

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Generosity is joyfully and sacrificially giving away what God already owns 

Gospel Takeaway: When God gets your life, you will get total satisfaction 

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Big Idea: Everyone

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” – John 20:30-31






“The principle runs thru all life from top to bottom. Give up yourself and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death – death of your ambitions and favorite wishes everyday and death of your whole body in the end. Submit with every fiber of you being and you will find eternal life. keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.” – Isaiah 45:22

“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.” – 1 Timothy 6:17

“…waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.” – John 5:3-4 (KJV)

“There are two great tragedies in life. The first is not getting what you want. The second is getting it. When you get the thing you think you want… you realize that it can’t ultimately satisfy you.” Oscar Wilde, 19th century Irish playwright.

Question:  What’s so great about an empty tomb? 

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Gospel Takeaway: The greatest death secured our greatest triumph 

3 Spiritual Realties: 

  1. Everyone’s story starts in the same place.
  2. Everyone has the same spiritual diagnosis.
  3. Everyone’s spiritual funeral has already taken place.

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1 John 4:4b he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Donald Grey Barnhouse once asked the question, “What would a city look like that was completely ruled by the devil?” While many of us might picture a city like Sodom and Gomorrah or Babylon, Barnhouse said a city completely ruled by Satan might look like something we never imagined: Every lawn would be mowed. No one would drive over the speed limit, children would be obedient to parents, marriages would remain intact, and every church would have a beautiful building. However, the gospel would not be preached at any place or in any pulpit because the devil’s primary ambition is to prevent the gospel from being preached. The devil’s aim is to keep people from believing the gospel.

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Gospel Takeaway: The greatest death secured our greatest triumph and the great triumph finalized Satan’s defeat… 


The devil has only two weapons: pain and pleasure. He will either hurt you so bad you hate God, or he will give you so much pleasure you don’t need God. And the solution to both is the same: God is more precious than what I lose; God is more precious than what I gain, You can’t have me, Satan!” – John Piper

Like a River Glorious

Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace,
over all victorious in its bright increase:
perfect, yet still flowing fuller every day;
perfect, yet still growing deeper all the way.
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest,
finding, as he promised, perfect peace and rest.

Hearts Courageous

We’re marching on… with hearts courageous,
We’ll follow where you want us to.
And should you lead us where the battle rages
Let us march with hearts courageous, after You.

Question: How can defeat be viewed as anything but failure?

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The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy — John 10:10a

1. Jesus death stole my death

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2. Jesus death destroyed the devil

the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. — 1 John 3:8b

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3. Jesus death delivered my life

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Mercy is a loving response to our most desperate needs in the most undeserving and unexpected ways.

Gospel Takeaway: Satan is no longer a threat to you because he already lost

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QUESTION: What Are You Most Desperate For?

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A Desperation For Survival:

Depends On God’s Over Our


Isaiah 42:13 “The LORD advances like a warrior; he stirs up His zeal like a soldier, He shouts, he roars aloud, he prevails over his enemies.”

Ephesians 4:27 “And give no opportunity to the devil.”

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A Desperation To Reclaim Ground:

Depends On The Of God’s

“Where the mind is not brimming with scripture, the heart is seldom brimming with prayer” – John Piper

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GOSPEL TAKEAWAY: Our Greatest Weapon Against The Enemy Is More Of Jesus

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QUESTION: How Do We Fully See The Lies We Believe?

A Deceptive Idea That Creates A Convincing Illusion And A Costly Reality

And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. 7 And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me. —Mark 5:6-7

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A Deceptive Idea Creates:
1. A Convincing  

2. A Costly

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 6 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.—2 Corinthians 10:3-6

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A prison of the mind that robs your growth in God because you have believed misconceptions about God.

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GOSPEL TAKEAWAY: The Truth Is A Redemptive Word That Creates A Beautiful Crumbling Of Satan’s Lies

You have breached all his walls; you have laid his strongholds in ruins—Psalm 89:40

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.—Psalm 18:2

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Question: Why Do We Choose the Path of Least Resistance?

“but be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”—James 1:22

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Life Change:

knowing vs wanting vs being vs doing
knowing ≠ change
wanting ≠ change
being = changed
doing = changing

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To Not Resist Temptation is to Reject God’s Goodness

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.
God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability,
but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape,
that you may be able to endure it.”
—1 Corinthians 10.13

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To Resist the Enemy is to Welcome God’s Liberation


a fixed gaze on the Creator
a repeated confession of who is Lord
a permanent place on my knees
a constant laying down of my will

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Gospel Takeaway: Jesus’ Response To Our Weakness Begins With More Grace

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Question: What defines you the most?


1. Satan by asking what if…

“who accuse them day and night before our God…”
Revelation 12:10c

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Satan’s goal is for you to believe your past owns you therefore your future is robbed from you

2. Jesus by saying what is…

“there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
Romans 8:1

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Gopsel Takeaway: Satan’s “what ifs” are silenced by Jesus telling us “what is”…

When you think about suffering, what comes to mind? Do you envision bedraggled children with distended stomachs, a hospital patient hooked up to life-sustaining medical equipment, or a courageous veteran dealing with the aftermath of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Adversity seems to be a common denominator to human existence, but what does the Bible have to say about suffering?

Jesus spoke to His disciples about suffering. One of the most well-known verses reads, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 ESV). The Greek word for cross in this verse is staurós. It refers to the crossbeam which the lowest criminals carried as they trudged toward their execution. The cross symbolized degradation and indescribable pain as well as sacrifice.

While the invitation to eternal life is free, it comes at a price–certain suffering.