Radical Part 5: Radical Revelation

MICRO CHURCH GUIDE
May 2, 2021

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parent Meeting for 5th Graders - May 3
Believe it or not, the school year is coming to a close. That means if you have a 5th grader in Kid City they are only a few months away from moving up into OneLife Students! To help make it the best transition possible for your 5th grader and for you as the parent, we’ve got some GREAT things planned over the next few months that we want to share with you. For all the details, join us tomorrow night, May 3 at 8pm on Zoom. Visit onelifeknox.com/zoom to join in, or mark the OneLife Students box on your Connection Card for more information.

Kid City Team Night - May 25

Did you know that every month it takes a TON of volunteers to prepare all of the arts and crafts, games, and lesson plans for our kids ministry? That’s where you come in! At 6:00pm on Tuesday, May 25 at your campus, you’re invited to help us make it all happen. From cutting out crafts, to organizing lesson plans, building crazy games, and more - it’s a lot of fun and it’s a huge way for you to support Kid City. Write “Team Night” on your Connection Card for more information or to let us know you’re coming.

Micro Church Sunday, May 30
Once each quarter whenever there’s a 5th Sunday in the month, OneLife closes our campuses and everyone gathers with their Micro Churches in homes for “Micro Church Sunday.” The next Micro Church Sunday is on May 30. If you’re not currently a part of a Micro Church and would like more information about what they are, how to join one, or even how to start your own, mark the Micro Church box on your Connection Card or stop by the Next Steps area in the lobby.

Baptism

If you’ve given your life to Jesus but haven’t taken the step of baptism then there’s never been a better time than now. Go to onelifeknox.com/baptism and we’ll help you get started.

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GIVE BACK

Give Jesus your best! Make a one-time tithe or offering or to set up a recurring tithe or offering: Click Here To Give Online.

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MULTIPLICATION

Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:

  • Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
  • What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
  • How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
  • How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
  • Who in your life do you think could be discipleable or open to spiritual/missional conversations?
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SERMON NOTES


RADICAL: 
Very different from the usual or traditional, extreme.

John 3:16 NLT
16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

BOTTOM LINE: Radical Christianity reveals radical generosity.

Matthew 23:23 NLT
23 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.

1. Radical generosity is expected.

Matthew 6:19-20 NIV
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Matthew 6:21 NIV

21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

2. Radical generosity protects my heart.

Matthew 5:48 NIV

48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 6:1 NIV

1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

Matthew 6:2 NIV

2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

Matthew 6:3-4 NIV
3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

3. Radical generosity makes me more like my radical Father.

Acts 2:44-45 NIV
44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.

Acts  4:32, 34-35 NLT
32 All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had.
34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.

2 Corinthians 8:2 NLT
2 They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.

2 Corinthians 8:3-4 NLT
3 For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. 4 They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem.

2 Corinthians 8:5 NLT
5 They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.
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START TALKING

When has someone been radically generous to you in a way that maybe didn't even make sense or was unusual? If not to you, when have you seen someone be radically generous to someone else?
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START THINKING

Read John 3:16. In addition to simply explaining the Gospel message, how does this verse show the link between loving and giving? Why do you think God chose the word "gave" to describe sending Jesus? What are other words that could have been used instead of "gave" (i.e. "sent," etc.) and how would it have changed the message about the radical generosity of our Father?

Read Matthew 23:23. Does Jesus dilute the importance of tithing in this verse? Why or why not? What does Jesus command about tithing in this verse?
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START SHARING
Read Matthew 6:19-21. When have you seen your heart follow your treasure in a earthly-treasure way, maybe even to a negative extent? When have you seen your heart follow your treasure in a positive, heavenly-treasure way?

If our treasure reveals where our heart is, what would you say is honestly revealed about your heart from time to time based on where you put your treasure?

On the other hand, when has your faith in a radical christianity revealed radical generosity within you?
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START DOING
Read Matthew 5:48-6:4. Do you find it easier to give to an organization or institution that helps people (i.e. church, non-profit, etc.) or to give it directly to someone in need? How does giving to one or the other tempt us to not do both? Which area are you most challenged to see radical generosity emerge - giving to the church or giving to people you see in need?

How is generosity linked to multiplication and spreading your faith? How would not being radically generous limit your effectiveness at making disciples and multiplying your faith?
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START PRAYING
Each person share what your next step to become radically generous will be. Maybe it is the Generosity Challenge at church. Maybe it is meeting a need and giving above your tithes to those in need. Pray for each person to follow the heart of God and become radically generous as we each pursue radical Christianity.

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CONNECTION CARDS

Be sure to fill out the online Connection Card to let us know next steps, prayer requests, or other information you'd like to share, Click Here.
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WHAT'S NEXT?
Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?