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A true heart of generosity is attractive and illuminating,
and it never stops making a difference.

GOD-FLAVORS

PASTOR MONTE YOUNG | 11/29/2015

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(Matthew 5:13, 14, MSG) “Let me tell you why you are here. Youre here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the GOD-flavors of this earth… Here’s another way to put it: Youre here to be light, bringing out the GOD-colors in the world.”

 

GOD-FLAVORS

(Mark 9:50NLT) “Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.”

 

Two ways I flavor the world:

1. By living my RELATIONSHIP with Jesus openly

2. By living a life that PROCLAIMS the Good News

 

SALT OF THE EARTH

(Titus 2:10NLT) [We] must show [ourselves] to be entirely trustworthy and good. Then [we] will make the teaching about GOD our Savior attractive in every way.

• My life should make people THIRSTY for Jesus

• My life should make people want to GET CONNECTED to Jesus

 

LEGACY

(Mark 12:41-44NLT) Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.

Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”

• The heart of my contribution determines my LEGACY

 

Two reasons the widow’s story lives on:

1. Her HEART attracted GOD’s attention

2. He REMEMBERS her story

 

Next Steps: Ask Jesus to direct my HEART, then follow His GUIDANCE

“The first responsibility of every Jesus-follower is to be salt-seasoning that brings out the GOD-flavors of the world around us. The best way to live an open relationship with Jesus is by imitating Him, because the evidence of relationship with Him is the Fruit of the Spirit.

“Jesus lived His Life as our Example. We have to live our lives as examples to the world we’ve been Commissioned to reach for Him. This living as His examples flavors the world around us.

Ask yourself this question: Does my life impact the world, or is my life impacted by the world?”

GOD-COLORS

PASTOR MONTE YOUNG | 12/6/2015

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(Matthew 5:13, 14, MSG) “Let me tell you why you are here. Youre here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the GOD-flavors of this earth… Here’s another way to put it: Youre here to be light, bringing out the GOD-colors in the world.”

 

GOD-COLORS

(Matthew 5:14b-16MSG) GOD is not a secret to be kept. Were going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you dont think Im going to hide you under a bucket, do you? Im putting you on a light stand. Now that Ive put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, youll prompt people to open up with GOD, this generous Father in heaven.”

 

Two ways I shine Jesus to my world:

1. By living my RELATIONSHIP with Jesus openly

(Acts 2:39NLT) “… GOD’s Promise is for you, your children and to everyone, everywhere.”

2. By living a life that is GENEROUS 

• My generosity is evidence of my SALVATION 

(Psalm 112:9NLT) They share freely and give generously to those in need.Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor.

 

LIGHT OF THE WORLD

(Matthew 5:16NLT) “In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

• Leaving a Legacy has to be PERSONAL for every Jesus-follower

(John 10:10NLT) “I’ve come so that you will have a more abundant and extravagant life.”

(John 14:6NLT) “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”

 

LEGACY

(1 Thessalonians 1:3NLT) As we pray to our GOD and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our LORD Jesus Christ.

 

Three Aspects of Legacy:

1. FAITHFUL WORKS 

2. LOVING DEEDS 

3. ENDURING HOPE 

 

FRESH START

Next Steps: Ask Jesus to give me opportunities to live GENEROUSLY and to leave a LEGACY

“Our Responsibility is to be light, bringing out the GOD-colors in the world around us. We bring out the GOD-colors in our world by shining the Light and Love of Jesus everywhere we go.

“A true disciple cannot hide the message of the Good News from the world them; they can’t turn off the Light. Jesus didn’t light us so that we would only provide light to other believers. He lit us so that we will shine His Light to everyone, everywhere.

“Jesus didn’t call us to maintain… He called us to multiply!”