God promises to make all things new
· What is the difference between being a disciple and being a missionary?
· Why does seeking Jesus disturb the world?
· What are people holding onto when they resist being a giver?
· What are people missing out on when they refuse to be a giver?
· What are you doing that makes the enemy nervous? What could you be doing?
· What does it look like to trust God today for your tomorrow?
· How is Jesus disrupting your life right now?
· How will you give from what you already have for God’s purpose?
· Pastor Bil said that missionaries go out and make disciples. How can you become a missionary where you are?
· If you have a story of God blessing your obedience, share it with the group.
Dear Jesus, thank you for trusting us with Your resources. The plans of the enemy are disrupted when we seek to please and honor You, Lord. You are making all things new, around us and within us. Let our faith in giving and service disrupt the ways of this world. Let us walk humbly alongside You, and be confident that You have already given us all we need. It is in Your precious and holy name we pray. Amen.
· Give cheerfully and obediently from what you already have to God’s purpose as He has placed on your heart.
· Identify people you will invite to a Christmas service and make it a goal to bring at least two of them.
· Ask God to clearly show you where He’s calling you to obedience, then boldly step out in a manner that shows the world you are royalty.
“Behold, I make all things new…” Revelation 21:5
“Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men, [royal astrologers], from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.’ King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, ‘Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?’ ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they said, ...Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, ‘Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!’” Matthew 2:1-8 NLT
“...Belshazzar…gave orders to bring in the gold and silver cups that his predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar, had taken from the Temple in Jerusalem. He wanted to drink from them with his nobles, his wives, and his concubines. So they brought these gold cups taken from the Temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. While they drank from them, they praised their idols made of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.” Daniel 5:2-4 NLT
“May the kings from Tarshish and the islands bring presents. May the kings from Sheba and Seba bring gifts. May all kings worship him. May all nations serve him.” Psalm 72:10-11 GW
“All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see your radiance…The people of Sheba will bring gold and frankincense and will come worshiping the Lord.” Isaiah 60:3,6b NLT
“...the sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.” Proverbs 13:22b HCSB
“After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was…They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:9-11 NLT
“But Peter said, ‘I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!’” Acts 3:6 ESV