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Sharing My Faith | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key Verse: Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. (pg. 320; Ephesians 6:19-20)

Key Idea: I share my faith with others to fulfill God’s purposes.

Key Question: How do I share my faith with those who don’t know God?

God calls us to share our faith

And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. (pg. 322; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20)

And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (pg. 325; Acts 2:47)

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (pg. 324; Acts 2:42)

Living your faith is the best way to share your faith

Speaking up about your faith when the time is right

Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. (pg. 323; 2 Kings 5:2)

If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy. (pg. 323; 2 Kings 5:3)

As soon as the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes and said, “Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!”

(Pg. 323; 2 Kings 5:7)

My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” (pg. 324; 2 Kings 5:13)

Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. (pg. 324; 2 Kings 5:15)

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Giving My Resources | BELIEVE | Scott Jones

KEY QUESTION: How do I best use my resources to serve God and others?

Generosity is rooted in the character of God.

When it comes to giving our resources, God doesn’t want something FROM us; he wants something FOR us.

“Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to the Lord today?” Then the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of the king’s work gave willingly. They gave toward the work on the temple of God five thousand talents and ten thousand darics of gold, ten thousand talents of silver, eighteen thousand talents of bronze and a hundred thousand talents of iron. Anyone who had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the temple of the Lord in the custody of Jehiel the Gershonite. The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.

BELIEVE, PG. 304; 1 Chronicles 29:5-9

Godly giving comes from a heart that is willing.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. BELIEVE, PG. 314; Matthew 6:19-21

Generosity is restrained when our money has our heart.

Generosity is released when our heart has our money.

“You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24

And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.

BELIEVE, PG. 316; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5

KEY VERSE: But just as you excel in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us--see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

BELIEVE, PG. 316; 2 Corinthians 8:7

Generosity is the key to leaving a legacy.

Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. BELIEVE, PG. 318; 2 Corinthians 9:13

KEY IDEA: I give my resources to fulfill God’s purposes.

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Offering My Time | BELIEVE | Scott Jones & Jason Morris

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. PG. 289; Ephesians 5:15-16

chronos time = chronological time in minutes and seconds

kairos time = opportune time

ἐξαγοραζόμενοι τὸν καιρόν = “redeeming the time”

KEY QUESTION: How do I best use my time to serve God and others?

Leverage your chronos time to make kairos moments.

“My time is not yet here.” PG. 301 John 7:2-4

Invest your time in eternity.

KEY VERSE: Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. PG. 289; Colossians 3:17

Offer your time as an act of worship.

KEY IDEA: “I offer my time to fulfill God’s purposes.”

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