Worship Service September 13, 2020

COVID-19: Online Worship Service Only

Sunday - 9AM

Sep. 13, 2020

GeneroUS—Greater Possibilities Together

“Mathematical Mystery”

Genesis 15:1-6; 1 Corinthians 3:5-9

1.    Introduction:

  a.    Why teach on this topic?

     i.    ____________ before ____________.

     ii.    ____________ because of ____________.

2.    God’s Generosity To Abram

  a.    We have no idea what God may produce through a single ____________ planted in ____________.

“The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

“So Abram went, as the Lord had told him…Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai…and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.”

Genesis 12:1-5 

  b.    Generous God: At the age of 75, God promised Abraham he would be the father of many ____________.

Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”  But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son?”

Genesis 15:1-2

  c.    More than ____________ years have passed and God’s promises to Abraham and Sarah have not been fulfilled.

  d.    Abraham lowers his ____________ …just make me the father of one son.

  e.    Just because we don’t see ____________, doesn’t mean God isn’t doing ____________.

“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds…some seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

Matthew 13:3; 8

     i.    Although Abraham didn’t yet see the ____________ —God was at work growing the ____________.

     ii.    Abraham had a limited ____________.

“Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”  And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.”

Genesis 15:5-6

     iii.    Abraham thinking ____________ …God thinking ____________.

“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed…”

Galatians 3:29

     iv.    Abraham thinking son…God thinking of ____________!

3.    God’s Generosity To And Through Us…The ____________.

  a.    We have no idea what God can do through a single act of generosity which is planted by ____________.

  b.    WE tend to think ____________.

  c.    God thinks ____________.

  d.    It’s a mathematical ____________.

  e.    Just because we don’t see anything, doesn’t mean God isn’t doing something.

“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move.  Nothing would be impossible.”

Matthew 17:20

  f.    If God met all our expectations, God would never have a chance to ____________ them.

  g.    We can never measure God’s unlimited power by our limited expectations and ____________.

     i.    United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

Advance 999895 (A contribution to be used where needed.)

Advance 901670 (A contribution to United States Disaster Response efforts.)

Advance 982450 (A contribution to International Disaster Response efforts.)

     ii.    United Methodist Church Shared Ministries (Apportionments) 

  h.    Jesus tells us our lives (in light of the cross of Christ) are like ____________ …

“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

John 12:24

4.    Conclusion: When ME generosity becomes, WE generosity, we will experience greater possibilities ____________ …not simply an addition to, but a multiplication of…!  

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Ephesians 3:20-21