What Was, What Is, What If


Section 1

WHAT WAS

Psalm 105:1-5 - “Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered.”

Give thanks and remember all that God has done

WHAT IS

Joshua 3:5 - “Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”

Jeremiah 32:17 - “Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.”

1 Corinthians 2:9 - “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.”

John 14:12-14 - “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”

WHAT IF

  • Expand impact
  • Expand reach
  • Expand care

1 Corinthians 10:31 - “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

What is a What If Experiment?

  • It’s a question

WHAT IF WE CREATED A MOVEMENT OF GENEROSITY THAT WOULD SHOCK THE WORLD AND PUT GOD ON DISPLAY?

  • It’s an experiment

Experiment - a scientific procedure undertaken to make a discovery, test a hypothesis, or demonstrate a known fact.

  • It’s a test of faith

Malachi 3:10 - “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”

It’s based on a promise

2 Corinthians 9:7 - “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. 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.’ And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, ‘They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.’ 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. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.”

1 Thessalonians 2:8 - “So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.”

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