Experiment in Gratitude

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Thank you for visiting our site MoreThanOneDay.net, this is an experiment being done by Brightside Church. Most of us will gather on Thanksgiving Day and talk about the things that we are thankful for, but we are currently considering the impact of living each day in thankfulness to God.  This experiment is to see how our lives and the lives of others would be impacted and changed if we lived each day with gratitude and showed our thankfulness to God by showing His love to others.

On the pages of this blog you will find posts about what God is teaching us, how lives are changing, and weekly notes from this series.  You can watch us live each week on our church Facebook page, Sunday morning around 10:20.

As followers of Jesus, we realize that everything in our lives flows from him and through him…our hope is that His love and generosity flows through us as we interact with others. Please feel free to comment and share your story to let us know how you are being impacted by this experiment.

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GENEROSITY SERMON NOTES /ACTION PLAN

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Generosity

2 Corinthians 9:6

What if we saw life as a gift that has been given to us by God? How would that change our daily lives?

God is a giver

Thanks to God for His unspeakable gift. Vs 15  

• He gave us life. Genesis 1:27; Psalms 139

• He gave us Jesus and eternal life. John 3:16, 1 John 3:16

• He gave us new life in Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:17

• Jesus came to bring us abundant life. John 10:10

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

Generosity brings a great harvest. Vs6

• God gave his Son Jesus and gained a family of believers. John 3:16

• Jesus gave his life and gained all who would believe in him

When we are generous with what we have God gives us more to be generous with vs 8-11a

• God blesses us to be a blessing 1John 3:16 -19

• We cannot out give God Matthew 19:29

Our generosity causes thanks giving and glory to God. Vs 11b-14

• Jesus gave his life to bring glory to the Father John 17:1-5

• God saved us to serve so that others might be saved

What are you giving your life to?

Action Plan

Think through a time that someone went out of their way to be generous to you, how did it change your day?

What if we realized that all we have has been given to us to use for God’s glory?

Is my life a vessel of blessing which results in thanks being given to God?

Readings

2 Corinthians 9

1 Chronicles 29:11-18

Matthew 6: 19-33

2 Corinthians 9:6-15

1 John 3:16-24

Matthew 19:17-30

Action Steps

1. Read a passage of Scripture each day

2. Look for key thoughts or principles on generosity

3. Think of a practical way that you can apply what you have learned through your life

4. Show generosity to someone today

5. Share your stories on MoreThanOneDay.net