SPARK Questions

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During our SPARK series we will have a Q&A Sunday on Sunday, February 28. Submit your questions here to be answered during that service:

Sermon Recap: What about Tithing?

You-Asked-For-It-WIRED-EmailA recap of week 3’s sermon from the You Asked For It series. Pastor Nick answered the question, “What is New Passion’s Stance on Tithing? Give What You Can? Or, give a required strict 10%? Was tithing a part of the law and if so, didn’t Jesus free us from those requirements?”

  1. Money is important to God: There are over 500 verse on prayer, less than 500 on faith, and over 2,000 verses on money.
  2. 15% of all Jesus’ teachings were on money, more than his teachings on heaven and hell combined.
  3. God’s perspective on money: God owns everything; therefore he loans everything (Deut 8:17-18 ESV).
  4. What we invest in is an X-Ray of our heart’s true affections (Matt 6:21 NLT)
  5. Tithing was included in the law, but was not exclusive to the law
  6. The very first, First Fruit Offering took place by Able 2,550 years before the law and Abraham’s tithe was recorded 430 years before the law
  7. Both Cain and Able worked jobs and gave God an offering from their produce at harvest time. Cain gave just some of his crops, but Able gave his first and his best. God accepted Able and his offering, but rejected Cain and his offering.
  8. God did not reject Cain because his offering was not a certain percentage; He rejected Cain because his offering reflected that he had not given God the first and best of his heart
  9. The tithe has always been referred to as “holy” (Leviticus 27:30 ESV); the Bible never changes that definition, in the Old or New Testament
  10. Tithing is a spiritual exercise to help us keep God first in our lives and it’s one way to love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind.
  11. 2 Corinthians 9 does not eliminate the tithe. It tells of ONE event where the church at Jerusalem had a financial crisis and Paul urged the church at Corinth to give sacrificially and generously to help meet this need (9:6-7).
  12. 2 Corinthians 9 teaches a universal principle that worshipful giving should be free and cheerful, not reluctant and out of obligation. Able gave freely; Cain gave out of obligation (Genesis 4:1-7 NLT)
  13. God will help you do more in your life with 90% than you can do with 100% alone
  14. Matthew 23:23, Jesus said, “You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.” [Justice, mercy, and faith]

The full sermon audio will be available online beginning August 17, 2015.

Top Ten Highlights from Josh Anderson’s Life Story

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Here are the Top 10 Highlights from Josh Anderson’s life story that you can apply in your own life:

  1. While facing difficult circumstances, God wants to do a work in us, despite the outcome of our circumstances
  2. When you get broken you get desperate to change
  3. The people you spend the most time with will influence you the most
  4. Even when we’re on death’s door, God will use us to make an eternal difference in people’s lives, if we’ll allow him to work through us
  5. In Christ, we are accepted, no matter what. We’re not defined by what our Facebook status says or anything else outside of Jesus’ acceptance.
  6. Jesus completes us & gives us everything we need.
  7. Jesus forgives us. There is no depth too low that He can’t pull us out
  8. Seeking Jesus first doesn’t give us everything money can buy, it gives us everything money can’t buy: peace, fullness, joy
  9. A Relationship cannot and will not provide everything you think you need in life. Only Jesus can
  10. Being in God’s will is where we experience the fullness of God

Did you miss Josh’s story? The audio message is available at the bottom of the page, online, and on our Ephesians series page.

Recommended Books:
All books can be purchased through our online store and are located in the “featured” section.
Marriage:
  1. Marriage on the Rocks by Jimmy Evans
  2. Love Must be Tough by Dr. James Dobson
  3. His Needs Her Needs by Willard E. Harley Jr.
  4. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  5. Date Your Wife by Justin Buzzard
  6. Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
Life:
  1. Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
  2. Desiring God by John Piper
  3. Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Visit our online store to purchase any of these books.

HNTBS Week 7: Cause and Effect

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The book of Proverbs is known as the Book of Wisdom. It’s full of truths and principles that anyone can apply to their everyday life. In week 7, we explore Proverbs 6 to discover the principle of Cause and Effect which has been adopted by various religions and theologians and we compare it to the gospel message to see if it can remain standing.

Nick Carnes
February 9, 2014

Solo Message: Cause and Effect

Solo Messages are stand alone messages that are not associated with a specific message series.

If, as Paul said, we reap what we sow, or as Buddha taught, whatever our cause, good or bad, we will have an equal effect, is there really any hope for us in life? Would it be impossible to do enough good to produce a good enough life? Listen in as we explore the answer to these questions and more…

Nick Carnes
February 2, 2014