StoneBridge Community Church
A Generous Life: Writing Ourselves into God's Story
Pastor Neal Nybo
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    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
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    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 11:59 PM

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Introduction to Series: A Generous Life
Begin a conversation with friends about generosity and it will wander to topics like passion, helping, contentment, counter-culture, and community. Begin a sermon series on being generous and it can quickly zero in on giving money. Money is an element of generosity. It turns out money can buy happiness. It just has to be spent on others, which is the essence of being generous. This series moves towards those first topics. We will see that generosity leads us away from selfishness and isolation towards contentment and community.
1. Generosity writes us into God’s story.
There are many examples of people’s generosity writing them into God’s story. There is the boy who shared his lunch and Jesus used it to feed 5000 people. There is a time a man lent his donkey for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem and we still remember that man and his donkey today. Generosity writes us into God’s story.
Reflection Questions
1. When have you experienced your story being written into God's story?
2. When has someone else's generosity drawn you both into God's story?
3. Is there a situation you are part of that needs God's story? What kind of generosity (with or without any money) might help?
1 A. When we overcome our fear.
The woman was down to her two last cents. Could she have been thinking those two cents won't make any difference? Could she be fearful about how she was going to live?
Reflection Questions
1. What fears have stood in your way of being generous, either in small ways or large?
2. What would you do for others if you had no fear?
3. Do the next step below. By yourself or in a growth group pray as directed.
Next Step
Next Step: On a scale of 1-10, determine your fear of each of the following: 1. Doing the wrong thing. 2. Being taken advantage of. 3. Being embarrassed. Ask God to help you not let fear stop you from being generous.
1 B. When we are intentional about our help.
There is an interesting thing about our hearts and minds. When we invest in something we begin to value it more.
Reflection Questions
1. Can you give an example of a time when someone was generous and almost no one else knew about it?
2. What are ways a person can be more intentional about being generous?
3. Did any ideas from question 2 come up that you will try practicing?
Next Step
Take a specific step toward intentional generosity. For example, have a jar in your kitchen designated for generosity and put all your spare change in it each night.
2. We may never know the full impact of our generosity.
For ten years, Belinda Holms had no idea how God used her $1 gift to create a camp for almost two million people.

John Bechtel and the Chinese camp

John Bechtel, the missionary tells the story of Belinda Holms and her $1 gift.
That story comes in at about 39 minutes.
Next Step
Look forward to being generous.

Dave Ramsey says giving is the most fun thing we can do with money. Studies have shown that money can buy happiness. It just has to be spent on others, not on ourselves.
Reflection Questions
1. Do you have an example of you or someone else being generous and still not knowing how the whole story turned out?
2. What one thought or action do you come away from this sermon with?

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