“Giving and Gaining”

All of us want our lives to count, to matter, to make an impact. Jesus tells us how in Matthew 16:25-26. This world is temporary and will let us down; money will disappoint, our bodies will fail, life might just lose its flavor. But Jesus came so that we may have life, and have it to the full. THAT is something worth holding on to. As Jim Elliot said “he is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

HOMEWORK

May you chase the right things, may you find the life-giving, liberating faith to give you what you cannot keep so that you can gain what you can never lose.

  1. Write a letter –Is there someone who has poured into you, invested in you, or pointed you towards a full life? Thank them. Encourage them. Tell them about their impact.
  2. Do a spiritual audit of your life. Examine how you invest your time, talents, and resources – How much goes to God?
  3. Matthew 16:25-26

Primary text: James 5:1-6
Other texts in this message: Matthew 6:19-21, Matthew 16:25-26, Luke 12: 15-21, 2 Corinthians 1:22, Romans 8:38-39, John 10:28

WORSHIP SONG LIST

Cornerstone written by Edward Mote, William B. Bradbury, Eric Liljero, Jonas Myrin, and Reuben Morgan

Ever Be written by Bobby Strand, Chris Greely, Gabriel Wilson, and Kalley Heiligenthal

O Praise the Name (Anastasis) written by Marty Sampson, Benjamin Hastings, and Dean Usher

King of My Heart written by John Mark and Sarah McMillan

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