North Way Christian Community Church in Pittsburgh, PA

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On this page you’ll find supplemental devotional material for our teaching series “UnLearn.” Before you begin, here are a few details:
  • There will be 3 devotionals for each week of the series (7 weeks total).
  • At the beginning of each weekend, the 3 devotionals corresponding to that weekend’s sermon will be published here.
  • The 21 devotionals (3 devotionals per week for 7 weeks) together will cover the entire Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7).
  • If you prefer a hard copy of these exercises, there are links to download and print the devotionals. At the bottom of each devotional is a link to download all 3 devotionals for that week.
We hope and pray that as you explore Jesus’ incredible teachings, He will show you how to think and live more like He does.

Week 4 – Devotional 1

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Scripture: Matthew 6:1-4

One of the key themes of the Sermon on the Mount is generosity. In today’s passage, Jesus warns of an ever-present threat to true generosity: giving for the wrong reasons. What does it look like to give to others for selfish reasons? It could be to seek attention through a social media fundraiser. We might feel superior to a less fortunate friend or relative when we help them financially. Whatever the specifics, Jesus is clear that this kind of “generosity” is empty. It’s a transaction, because we give away something and get something else back in return. God’s generosity is different—he gives because of who he is, not what we can do for him.

REFLECT

Think back to some of your recent acts of generosity. List the various motives (both pure and selfish) that you had for these actions.

When have you personally experienced the generosity of God? Why do you think he acts in the generous ways he does?

RESPOND

Identify one person, cause, or ministry you can give to purely out of compassion and love. Give an anonymous gift!

Download Week 4 Devotional.