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October 16, 2016

Sermon: Live Generously: Time

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Scripture Lesson

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4; Ephesians 5:15-17

Everything Has Its Time
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Live Generously: Time
Ecclesiastes 3:1-4; Ephesians 5:15-17

I. Introduction—
II. Series: Live Generously
III. Generosity as a spiritual discipline
IV. Generosity of time: OT (Ecc. 3:1-4)
     A. “For everything . . . every matter” (3:1)
     B. “Under heaven” (3:1)
     C. Our response
         1. Give it to God
         2. Ask God how to use it
     D. Swimming upstream
V. Generosity of time: NT (Eph. 5:15-17)
     A. The section break (4:24)
     B. “Making the most of the time” (5:16)
     C. Time as “kairos” not “chronos”
     D. How do we do this?
         1. Discern God’s will (5:17)
         2. Obey
VI. How can God transform us?
     A. Perspective<
     B. Direction
     C. Purpose
     D. One place to spend God’s time
VII. Conclusion: The Byrds, “Turn, Turn, Turn” (1965)


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