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Spirituality Weds Practicality Acts 4:32-5:11. Mission of the Church Unity and clarity Unity and clarity No “ I ” in team No “ I ” in team They remained.

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1 Spirituality Weds Practicality Acts 4:32-5:11

2 Mission of the Church Unity and clarity Unity and clarity No “ I ” in team No “ I ” in team They remained outward focused even when talking about inward dynamics They remained outward focused even when talking about inward dynamics Spirituality weds practicality Spirituality weds practicality

3 Spirituality Weds Practicality James 1:27 (NLT) Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 2:15-17 (NIV) 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

4 New Testament Giving 1)ALL things are HIS Colossians 1: For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

5 New Testament Giving 2)He desires our BEST Colossians 3: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. First-fruits First-fruits

6 New Testament Giving 3)An indicator of our heart 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (NIV) 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (NIV) 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Matthew 6:21 (NASB) “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 (NASB) “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

7 New Testament Giving 4)Selfless/sacrificial 5)Grounded in Kingdom Advancement

8 New Testament Giving 6)Spiritual IS practical Romans 12:1-2 (NASB) 1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

9 What is God calling me to give more of?


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