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What do the words ‘authentic Christian culture’ mean to you? Is Good Shepherd an authentic Christian culture?’ If not, what would make it so?
John 3:14-21

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This week, we’re taking a peek at the joy of open-handed sharing. Because God’s hands are open to us, always overflowing with whatever need there is, we can find a template for the sacrificial life. 
What surprises you about God’s desire for tithing? What is the benefit of open handed giving? What do you feel when you read/hear the word ‘tithe?’ Can you think of one time when you have been open handed, sharing your gifts without thought of repayment, that brought you great joy?
Deuteronomy 15:7-11

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In Romans 12:1-8,  Paul anchors us in the grace of God which brings us into a life of worship. It’s about renewing our minds in God’s truth and putting our bodies, hearts and minds into acts of serving others. It’s getting God’s gifts into gear. It’s what God made us for!
Romans 12:1-8

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In our culture, advertising sows seeds of discontent, enticing us to buy, consume, and accumulate. The Fear Of Missing Out drives our choices and habits. We confuse our needs with wants, and our wants are never ending! As if this life is ALL there is… and whoever has the most toys wins!
Have we lost sight of our identity, security and destiny in Jesus?
Jesus urges us to lift up our eyes to heaven and focus on what will last forever. In Christ Jesus you're a loved child of the King, with an eternity to enjoy all the treasures of heaven! With certain hope of that inheritance, we can experience contentment in life and practice the joy of being generous!
Matthew 6:19-24, 1 Timothy 6:6-10,17-19

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