Losing It

Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator

This weekend we concluded our “Marks of Ownership” series looking at the DNA of Central.

So far in the series we have examined four marks of ownership. By way of review they are:

  • Passionately Pursuing Jesus
  • Found People Find People
  • Gather to Grow
  • Life is Better Together

Today we got into the last two of the six marks. The first is Generosity Builds God’s Kingdom. At Central we believe that members of the Kingdom should be generous. Although there’s no real formula for generosity, there are two good gauges that can tell you how generous you’re truly being: what your generosity has cost you and how it affects your heart. Is your generosity causing you to make sacrifices to your standard of living or other areas of your life? Is your generosity pushing you to trust God more? If the answer to both of those is yes, that’s a good indicator of generosity!

The second mark of ownership we looked at is the idea that we are Made for More. This isn’t a new idea at Central, but it is vital to our culture. We believe that the gifts (the talents and abilities) that God has given us isn’t just for our benefit. God wants us to use what he has blessed us with to serve others. Are you using your gifts for people other than yourself? If not, we have plenty of serving opportunities. And even if we don’t have anything that’s in your wheelhouse, maybe God has gifted you in that area to start something new that is desperately needed! If that is the case, talk to your campus pastor. When you’re willing to let God use your gifts, you may be surprised just how much He can do through you.

Verses and quotes from the message:

Luke 9:24; Matthew 19:30; Acts 2:44-45; 1 Peter 4:10; Matthew 19:29-30;

“I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc, is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“There is something out there that God is waiting for you to grab on to so that he can use you to help solve it.” Bill Hybels, Holy Discontent

“As for Doing-good, that is one of the professions which are full. Moreover, I have tried it fairly, and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution.” Henry David Thoreau

Big idea: You can’t lose something you don’t own.

All Campuses

This is Living – Hillsong Music
One Thing Remains – Jesus Culture
Give Me Faith – Elevation Worship
Trust and Obey – Public Domain

Category: Discipleship
About The Author
- I am the programming coordinator at Central Christian Church AZ. I also moderate the Central Teaching Blog. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!