Three Areas of Commitment and Generosity
1. Generous with your Time. (Sunday Service and Community Groups)
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16
Sunday Gatherings are designed for both Christians and Non-Christians. Our main focus on Sundays will be the study and proclamation of God’s Word and the corporate worship of Jesus by his people. Sacred Communion will also be exercised in our gathered service as a time for the people of Jesus to respond together to the good news of Jesus.
Our Sunday Gatherings will be specifically designed to help people worship Jesus and feel equipped to have gospel influence in their world. Our hope is that as we worship Christ, sense His presence, and learn more about Jesus through his Word, we would leave Sunday’s renewed, encouraged, challenged, and ready to live everyday on mission with Jesus. Sunday isn’t the end of church but the beginning of our church. We worship Jesus and then we continue to worship Jesus throughout the week. After our Sunday gatherings we’re missionaries sent back into our neighborhoods, homes, workplaces, and beyond in the hope and power of the resurrection as a Christ centered community empowered by the Holy Spirit to be witnesses of Jesus. “Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (John 20:21)
When the church started in the book of Acts, it didn’t start as a new religion, but rather as a movement. There were small groups of people living deeply in community and who shared a belief that was radically different than any other belief in the world. They believed that Jesus was God, that he was murdered for claiming to be God and rose from the dead signifying that he is God and Lord of all as the Savior of the world.
Community Groups are designed to enhance the Holy Spirit’s work of building the body of Christ in community. Community groups should not be an alternative for authentic Biblical community where people do life together, meet each other’s needs, care for one another, hold each other accountable and love one another well. True Biblical Community cannot be accomplished through structured meetings every week…they must be a lifestyle. However, Community groups do allow our church to live life together all throughout the week. In Community groups, we will study God’s word together, sing together, eat together, pray together and do life together. The goal is that Christ centered relationships will grow and flourish in Generation Church.
Generous with your Talents. (Serving)
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 1 Corinthians 12:7
We know from scripture that every Christian is given a unique set of gifts and strengths to serve the Body of Christ. One of the ways that we can put these gifts and strengths to work is by serving in the local church. In order for Generation Church to thrive and God’s kingdom to advance, we need everybody to be playing their part. We’re praying that this generation will not just look to their pastors as ministers but that everyone will realize that as disciples of Jesus we all have been empowered by the Holy Spirit to be ministers of the good news of Jesus.
Opportunities for Serving at Generation Church
- Generation Kids – Children’s ministry
- Sunday Hospitality– This includes greeting people on Sunday’s on the streets, at the door, inside the gathering, along with serving coffee, food, etc
- Generation Worship and Arts – This includes people who want to sing, play music, work the sound, film, social media, website, etc
- Leading Community Groups – As our community grows by God’s grace we’ll be adding community groups and will need leaders who are able to teach or desire to open their homes for our community
Generous with your Treasure (Offerings)
Despite our tendency to shy away from the topic, nearly one quarter of Jesus’ teachings was about money. Money is morally neutral, but what we do with our money reveals something much deeper – what is in our hearts (Matthew 6:21). Our goal is neither prosperity or poverty, but rather the stewardship of what we’ve been given. God is the creator and owner of everything, and we are merely stewards of his things (1 Chronicles 29:14) The appropriate response in light of what Jesus has done for us, through His death on the cross and His Resurrection, is to give our entire lives as a living sacrifice – which includes our finances (Romans 12:1). Therefore, what we give back to God through the local church, should be a set aside amount of money or a percentage of money, given as an act of worship; intentionally, joyfully, sacrificially and generously.