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SESSION ONE - WHY LIVE GENEROUSLY

Jesus talked a lot about living generously.  In this session we will look at how when we follow Jesus our worldview is one of abundance and none of our possessions are ours anyways

COUNTERFEIT GODS BY TIM KELLER

This book looks at the different types of things we tend to place as god in our life and how ultimately we can only rely on Jesus. 

FAITH FOR EXILES BY DAVID KINNAMAN

This book looks at 5 different ways the church can help the next generation become resilient disciples

EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY SPIRITUALITY BY PETE SCAZZERO

This book looks at how we cannot have vibrant spiritual lives without have healthy emotional lives

KINGDOM CULTURE SERMON SERIES AT GARDEN CHURCH IN LONG BEACH

This sermon series looks at practical ways we can develop kingdom culture where we live.

BECOMING A PEOPLE OF GENEROSITY SERMON AT BRIDGETOWN CHURCH

This sermon by John Mark Comer looks at what it looks like to live generously in all aspects of our lives

SESSION TWO - GENEROSITY IN COMMUNITY

THE ART OF NEIGHBORING BY DAVE RUNYON + JAY PATHAK

Drawing on the success of their own church campaign, two pastors help readers learn to value, respect, and care for the people who live in their neighborhoods.

CRAZY LOVE BY FRANCIS CHAN

In Crazy Love, Francis peels back what we think the Christian life is, and guides us down the path toward an uncommon intimacy with Jesus—an intimacy which can’t help but change the world around us!

WHEN HELPING HURTS BY STEVE CORBETTE + BRIAN FINKKERT

Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good. But it looks ahead. It encourages us to see the dignity in everyone, to empower the materially poor, and to know that we are all uniquely needy—and that God in the gospel is reconciling all things to himself.

 

RADICAL BY DAVID PLATT

In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple--then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a "successful" suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.

PRACTICING THE WAY SERMON SERIES

This series at Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon looks at how we can practically implement Jesus's teaching on community in our lives. 

LOVE LANGUAGE TEST

This test will help students identify the top ways they give and receive love, enabling them to love the community around them well.

SPIRITUAL GIFTS TEST

This test will help students identify how God has uniquely gift them and set them up to begin the discovery of how they can use those gifts to serve the community of Ventura.

5 WAYS TO LISTEN BETTER TED TALK BY JULIAN TREASURE

We used this TED talk during GENEROUS to help show a practical way they can engage the community around them. 

SESSION THREE - GENEROSITY IN TIME

RUTHLESS ELIMINATION OF HURRY BY JOHN MARK COMER

Within the pages of this book, you’ll find a fascinating roadmap to staying emotionally healthy and spiritually alive in the chaos of the modern world.

GARDEN CITY BY JOHN MARK COMER

Practical and theologically rich, Garden City is a purposeful guide for the next generation - the book that will help twenty- and thirty-somethings to understand and embrace their calling and purpose as they figure out next steps and direction in their lives.

DIGITAL MINIMALISM BY CAL NEWPORT

Drawing on a diverse array of real-life examples, from Amish farmers to harried parents to Silicon Valley programmers, Newport identifies the common practices of digital minimalists and the ideas that underpin them. He shows how digital minimalists are rethinking their relationship to social media, rediscovering the pleasures of the offline world, and reconnecting with their inner selves through regular periods of solitude. He then shares strategies for integrating these practices into your life, starting with a thirty-day "digital declutter" process that has already helped thousands feel less overwhelmed and more in control.

RECLAIMING CONVERSATION BY SHERRY TURKLE

Renowned media scholar Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity—and why reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us regain lost ground.

SUBVERSIVE SABBATH BY AJ SWOBODA

Combining creative storytelling, pastoral sensitivity, practical insight, and relevant academic research, Subversive Sabbath offers a unique invitation to personal Sabbath-keeping that leads to fuller and more joyful lives. A. J. Swoboda demonstrates that Sabbath is both a spiritual discipline and a form of social justice, connects Sabbath-keeping to local communities, and explains how God may actually do more when we do less. He shows that the biblical practice of Sabbath-keeping is God's plan for the restoration and healing of all creation.

SABBATH AS RESISTANCE BY WALTER BRUEGGEMANN

Brueggemann calls out our 24/7 society of consumption, a society in which we live to achieve, accomplish, perform, and possess. We want more, own more, use more, eat more, and drink more. Brueggemann shows readers how keeping the Sabbath allows us to break this restless cycle and focus on what is truly important: God, other people, all life.

DO OUR DEVICES CONTROL MORE THAN WE THINK? TED TALK BY TRISTAN HARRIS

This TED talk looks at the psycology behind why our apps/technology works the way it does and how it is designed to keep us spending more time on it. 

UNHURRYING WITH A RULE OF LIFE SERMON SERIES

This sermon series at Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon looks at how we can create systems in our lives to ensure we are living in the rhythms God is calling us to.

HOW TO UNHURRY WORKSHEET

This pdf from Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon breaks down what it looks like to create Jesus rhythms in your life. 

SESSION FOUR - GENEROSITY WITH MONEY

GENEROUS SERMON SERIES

Sermon Series at Ventura Missionary Church about how we can live generous lives with our money.

THE GRADUATE SURVIVAL GUIDE BY ANTHONY ONIEL + RACHEL CRUZ

The Graduate Survival Guide is the ultimate manual for students, identifying five mistakes to avoid making in college. These mistakes can lead to years of pain and expensive life lessons. As Anthony tells students, “The caliber of your future will be determined by the choices you make today.”

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY BY DAVE RAMSEY

This website has a variety of tools to help you manage finances well.

LOVE YOUR LIFE, NOT THEIRS BY RACHEL CRUZ

Rachel Cruze shines a spotlight on the most damaging money habit we have: comparing ourselves to others. Then she unpacks seven essential money habits for living the life we really want - a life in line with our values, where we can afford the things we want to buy without being buried under debt, stress, and worry. 

ESSENTIALISM: THE DISCIPLINED PURSUIT OF LESS BY GREG MCKEOWN

The Way of the Essentialist isn't about getting more done in less time. It's about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

SPENDER VS SAVER QUIZ

This quiz will help you figure out if you are more of a saver or a spender. You can then use that information to determine what your points in tension with money will be.

WAS JESUS A MINIMALIST?

We watched a portion of this video to show the way that Jesus lived. 

LIBBY APP

This is a great app to listen to audio books on. You tie it to your library card and it allows you to listen to audio books for free. 

EVERYDOLLAR APP

This is an excellent budgeting app that allows you to track goals and pay attention to where all your money is going.