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November 20, 2016

Sermon: Live Generously: Thanksgiving

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Scripture Lesson

Deuteronomy 8:11-18; James 1:17

Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today. 12When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, 13and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, 14then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, 15who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid waste-land with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He made water flow for you from flint rock, 16and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good. 17Do not say to yourself, ‘My power and the might of my own hand have gained me this wealth.’ 18But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today.

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Live Generously: Thanksgiving
Deuteronomy 8:11-18; James 1:17

I. Introduction—Blondie
II. Series: Live Generously: Thanksgiving
III. Generosity as a spiritual discipline
IV. On the border (Deut. 8:1-18)
     A. The setting
     B. God provides (8:2)
     C. Don’t forget God (8:11)
         1. A land of plenty (8:12)
         2. Don’t exalt yourself (8:17)
     D. “Remember the Lord” (8:18)
         1. “God gives power to get wealth” (8:18)
         2. Everything is a gift of God (James 1:17)
     E. One key to thanksgiving is remembering
V. How can God transform us?
     A. Generosity and thanksgiving build on each other
     B. Perspective: Whose provision is it?
     C. What then should we do?: Consecration Sunday
VI. Conclusion: The Skit Guys

 

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