We Resource for Jesus

Resurgence Conference 2012

James MacDonald leads Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, which now has 13,000 people meeting each week across seven different locations. A ministry of that size requires a lot of resources. In this message at the 2012 Resurgence Conference, James speaks from 2 Kings and shares some  important  lessons about resourcing for Jesus.

2 Kings 4:1-7 (ESV)

Elisha and the Widow’s Oil

1Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.”2And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.”3Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few.4Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.”5So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her.6When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.” Then the oil stopped flowing.7She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Four Important Lessons About the Way God Works to Resource us for Jesus
  1. We all face times of desperate need
  2. God needs only what you have
  3. God does only what we can't
  4. God fills only what we offer

What is something you have been begging God for? Is this goal a requirement, or do you need to reevaluate how you are asking for God's help or provision in this circumstance?
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What are the ways you wish God would work? How have you been strengthened by waiting on God to work in His own way?
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What empty thing, which you have no power to fill, can you hold up to God in faith?
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Five Things That James Learned the Hard Way
  1. Pastors, do not touch the money
  2. Generosity is the right middle ground between prosperity and poverty
  3. Money follows ministry
  4. It's good for people to be asked 
  5. Measure and grow your giving

How can you utilize these five lessons in your own church context? How will you teach and adapt it to your own context and who will help you accomplish this? Use specifics to make a viable plan.
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What lessons have you learned the hard way? What practices do you now follow because of painful lessons in the past?
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Money has a bad connotation because so many people abuse or worship it. The godly view, however, is to approach our resources as a tool and gift from the Lord. We can find right theology in between prosperity and poverty and honor God with all of our resources.

For more information about the Resurgence Conference, or information on how to attend next year's event, visit their website.