The Big Give: Part 2 - Big Sacrifice

December 11, 2022


Volunteer Christmas Banquet
If you serve on a OneLife volunteer team, then we can’t wait to see you tonight December 11 at 6pm for our annual Volunteer Christmas Banquet. Our campuses are joining together at the Jubilee Banquet Facility on Callahan Road for one GIANT red carpet celebration. It’s going to be a blast! Visit to RSVP or talk to your team leader for more details. If you’re not a part of a volunteer team, this is a great time to get involved. Mark the volunteering box on your Connection Card!

OneLife Students - A Night Before Christmas Party, Dec 14
This year's annual OneLife Students Christmas party is themed "A Night Before Christmas". Students will be encouraged to wear their best Christmas PJs as the stage will be transformed into a living room for the night. There will be Christmas treats, games, worship, and a challenging message to lead into small groups. Sudents will also have a chance to give a gift this year as well. It takes place on December 14 at 6:30pm at the North Campus.

OneLife’s Community Christmas Services
OneLife will be holding our annual community Christmas services on December 22, 23 & 24! Come experience the sights and sounds of the season during this modern, yet still traditional Christmas production. From candlelight and Christmas carols to lights, music, and more, this is an event you won’t forget! Visit to see all the service times and to reserve your free tickets today.

Join a Volunteer Team
Did you know it takes over a hundred volunteers every week to make a service at OneLife happen at our campuses? So if you haven’t started volunteering, then it’s time to get on the team! From First Impressions & Security, to Kid City, to Production & Worship, to OneLife Students, weekday teams, and more - there’s plenty of opportunities for everyone to serve. Mark the Volunteering box on your Connection Card to get started!

If you’ve given your life to Jesus but haven’t gone public with your story through baptism then it’s time to take that step! Mark the baptism box on your Connection Card and we’ll help you get started.

Stay Connected Through the OneLife App
From watching services, to Micro Church discussion guides, to online giving, family resources and more - the OneLife app has everything you need to stay connected to what’s happening among our church. The app is also available on Apple TV and Roku so you can watch services on your TV at home! Download the mobile version of the app on your phone by going to on your phone’s web browser. And on Apple TV and Roku simply search the app store for “OneLife” and look for our logo.
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Bottom Line: I give my best to Jesus because he first gave his best to me.

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.

1. A real gift has no strings attached.

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.

2. A real gift involves sacrifice.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 NLT
6 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

3. A real gift is out of want to not have to.

2 Corinthians 9:8-11 NLT
8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say,“They share freely and give generously to the poor.Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.

4. Every gift that I have been given is so that I can give.

James 1:17 NIV
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

2 Corinthians 9:11-15 NLT
11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. 13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. 15 Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!

5. When I give Jesus my best, a huge difference is made!

When have you have a "normal" hope - optimism - but weren't sure or confident that it would actually happen?

But then, when have you had "real" hope - confident expectation for the future - that something would actually happen?

How did you act differently in each situation?

Read Micah 5:2.
Why do you think it was important for God to acknowledge that Bethlehem was, and felt like, "just a small village"? How does this show us that hope doesn't mean we ignore the reality of the current situation?

What do you think the people of Bethlehem would have felt when they heard this, that the world changing savior of humanity would and King of Kings would come from their small town of 300? Be honest - what would you have felt?!

Read Romans 6:23.
Why is it so important to see salvation as a gift? What are the elements of a true gift that apply to this? How is this different than what a religious view will think about salvation?

Read Micah 5:3-5.
This passage made the hope of Jesus's coming relevant for what they were facing in that very moment. When have you experienced that your hope - confident expectation of what is to come through Jesus - applied to a specific issue or circumstance that you were facing in that very moment? How did your hope in Jesus give you hope and confidence in the moment?

Read Micah 5:5-6.
Because of their hope, they took action with bold faith. When have you taken a bold step of faith because of your hope that Jesus was in control and would ultimately give you victory?

Read the following verses and identify what the confident expectation is:
- Psalm 62:1-5
- 1 Timothy 4:7-10
- Isaiah 40:29-31

How can these examples of previous hope being fulfilled give you hope now and in the various circumstances you face? What is an area of your life that may seem uncertain, but the hope of the Gospel can apply to that and how?

Read Romans 15:4.
What does it take to "patiently" wait for hope to be fulfilled? What do you need to do in moments of uncertainty to remain patient? How can the scriptures and your own past experiences keep your hope strong?

If hope requires action, what step of faith are you going to take to act on that hope? What can you do to sacrifice your time so that others will have hope? What can you do to sacrifice to give your first and your best to Jesus through the Christmas offering so that we can bring this hope to many others?

Pray for each person and the practical steps they shared in the section above. Pray that God uses these experiences to write a story for each person that will impact others for Him, and that we all look for ways to share that story wherever we live, work, or play!


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