“All I Want For Christmas” Gratitude & Generosity

Pastor Tom Dages

December 1, 2019

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS: GRATIDTUDE & GENEROSITY: PASTOR TOM DAGES: DEC 1, 2019

Q-Explain what PAstor Tom described as our “gratitude tanks?” 

Q-On a range of 1-10 (1 being almost empty and 10 being completely full) how full typically is your gratitude tank? 
 
Read 2 Cor 8:1-7 and verse 9. Read Luke 17:11-19
 
Q-How did the believers in the churches of Macedonia fill their gratitude tanks? 
 
Q-List some of the phrases Paul uses to describe how generous was their giving? 
 
Q-How important is it for us s believers to remember just how rich we are with Jesus in us? 
 
Q-List some of the spiritual riches Jesus gives us when we receive Him and He brings His life into our souls? 
 
Q-What does it mean to rehearse our gospel riches? 
 
Q-How did the 1 healed leper fill his gratitude tank? 
 
Q-What spiritual exercise do you need  to practice most (rehearsing your received gospel riches or expressing thanks to God for all He has given you?  How can you practice  both of these during your day? 

 

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“All I Want For Christmas” What Do You Really Want?

Pastor Zach Bearss

December 8, 2019

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS: WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT?: PASTOR ZACH BEARSS: DEC 8, 2019

CONNECT
Do you remembers what Christmas gifts you received last year? What are some of the things on your Christmas list for this year?

ENGAGE 
Read James 3:13-4:10.  Contrast the things of this world  that we pursue that are temporary in nature versus the things of God which are eternal in nature.

Discuss this quote by C.S. Lewis:  “It would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak.  We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea.” 

Read James 1:17.  How can we apply this verse in our lives for seeking what truly satisfies us spiritually?

APPLY
Take some time to ponder these questions:

  • What is it that I really want for Christmas?
  • What has God placed in your heart that would satisfy our infinite, eternal hearts?
  • Have you taken the time to prepare Him room this Christmas season?  If not, take some time to do so now.

PRAY
Pray that the Prince of Peace (from Isaiah 9:6-7 and Luke 1:76-79) would rule as Lord of our lives during this holiday season as we celebrate Christ’s birth.