Something's Gotta Give! (Sermon Two)

Bottom Line: Not give to get...but give to change.

Text: John 12:20-24 (NIV)

Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.

23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

 

Simple Point: Giving is seeing the potential.

  • The world changes when you and I begin to look at the potential. Look at your family, community, church, world. Look at them the way Jesus sees them. They may have thrown away every chance given to them, may have tried every drug, but don't withhold your gift of encouragement, prayer, friendship, or once more chance.

Simple Point: Giving is multiplying.

  • Jesus is talking about his death in our key text. Unless He dies, the process of multiplication cannot begin. He became that wheat willingly, so that you and I could have life.
  • Where is there a need for multiplication? Where is there a need for fresh life?
  • Look around and ask God to show you.

Givers change the world! How can you bring about change?

1. Find a comfortable start.

  • Start small. If your biggest struggle is giving your time - find 1 hour a month where you could serve either in our church, or in the community, or a nursing home. If the biggest struggle is finances, start small. Find a comfortable amount that you can give to a church or other place that makes a difference in the community and world.

2. Give to change, not give to get.

  • If our attitude is, "I'm giving to get something," we've missed the point.

3. Let go of your gift and watch God bring life.