SERMON NOTES


1 Thessalonians 2:8 NIV

so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.

1 John 3:18 NIV

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

2 Corinthians 8:10-11 NIV

10 And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. 11 Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.

How to get “unstuck”:
Be inspired by the example of others.

“…we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.” (v.1)

How to get “unstuck”:
Don’t go it alone.
“Thanks be to God, who put into the Heart of Titus the same concern I have for you…he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative..” (v.16-17)

How to get “unstuck”:
Start with what you have.

“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.” (v.12)

How to get “unstuck”:
Stay focused on the “why.”
“Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them.”
2 Corinthians 9:13