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Simple Christmas (2 of 3)
Series: Ripple Effect
1 John 3:16-18
Simple is the most powerful
Simple is the most profound
''For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.'' John 3:16 (NIV)
1. LOVE BEYOND
''For God so loved the world....''
''This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.'' 1 John 3:16-18 (NIV)
2. SPEND LESS
''... that He gave His one and only Son...''
''Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.' Isaiah 55:2 (NIV)
3. GIVE MORE
''For God so loved the world that He gave...''
''And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.'' 2 Cor. 8:1-4 (NIV)
''Give, and it will be given to you... For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.'' Luke 6:38 (NIV)
A MANGER MOMENT
- Gather your family together
- Read the Christmas story from Matt. 1:18-2:12
- Take out your Give Your Greatest Gift to Christ commitment card. Decide what your family can give sacrificially above your regular tithes and offerings. Fill out the commitment card and place your check in the envelope.
- Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and close with a prayer of thanks.
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